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This page forms part of the Transcultural Health resource, published in 2004, and is preserved as a historical document for reference purposes only. Some information contained within it may no longer refer to current practice.

Using the materials

Self directed learning

The whole programme, as laid out in Figure 1, provides for your flexible usage. If this is part of your initial exploration of transcultural health, then almost regardless of your specialisation or level of knowledge you should enter into any of the module via an initial exploration of the Foundation Module. That will introduce you to much of the core language of the programme and will provide a sound basic platform for moving on to the other modules.

Within the options available within the Practice Core you will be able to identify specific modules that relate to your current professional practice, or interest.

All users of the programme are strongly urged to use Transcultural Communication and The Politics of Diversity as necessary complementary reading. Sound interpersonal communication skills are an essential building block of health care practice, and the module on Transcultural Communication provides a broad introduction to key issues of communication which underpin the acquisition of transcultural communicative competence.

Delivering health and social care services in a multi-ethnic society requires each health care practitioner to engage in a reflexive examination of their own culture and values. It is important not only to know how to engage in transcultural care; but also to know why we wish to acquire transcultural competence; and to have an explicit understanding of our own politics of diversity. The module on The Politics of Diversity will enable you to examine your own perspective. Parts of this module necessarily demand that you are prepared to engage with aspects of contemporary social theory; and may feel unfamiliar. The challenge of engaging with this material will hopefully inform your personal understanding of many of the issues of ethnic and human relations that might otherwise be implicit in the Practice Core materials.

For anyone engaged in a management function within health and social care, the module on Race Equality Management will provide a user-friendly introduction to some of the key issues and the legal framework that shape transcultural health care delivery.

Equally, a fuller understanding of the clinical and practice setting of delivering transcultural health care will complement your understanding of any of the Practice Core modules. The Epidemiology module provides a critical insight into some of the determinants of differential morbidity rates, and provides a valuable stimulus to exploring the potential and challenge of preventative health care strategies. Equally, within the organisational structure of the contemporary National Health Service multi-disciplinary and multi-agency practice is becoming the norm. The module on Multi-Agency Practice therefore provides a strategic complement to the more individualist focus of some of the content of the Core Practice Modules. And finally, in the current context of clinical governance and seemingly continuous service innovation the module on Transcultural Clinical Supervision provides a support to facilitating efficient shared learning.

In essence, you are strongly urged to dip in and out of complementary modules in order to support your own learning cycle. Many hyper-links are built into the programme where authors have anticipated linkages that will deepen your understanding of specific modules. However, you should pursue your own curiosity and needs in working across the whole programme.

For teaching staff

As we have indicated above the materials in this programme have many linkages across modules. You should feel free to combine elements from relevant modules according to your own pedagogic needs. Creative asset stripping will help to make these materials relevant to your curricula needs, and to the learning outcomes of your course.

Feel free to structure your teaching around a complete module. The materials can be adapted to a required level of assessment through your attaching the appropriate learning outcomes and modes of assessment. Alternatively, you may wish to selectively employ sub-sections of a module for use as handouts, lecture material or workshop material. For those of you who wish to be more creative, it is possible to mix and match different sections of a series of modules in order to create a 'custom built' module for your particular course.

Nevertheless, students may be referred to the programme on the RCN web site as complementary reading to your existing course materials.