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Community Profile

Your first assignment for Module CCH1037-N the role of the nurse in improving health and wellbeing is a community profile set out in the form of a report on your chosen community and its health needs. Building on the topics covered in the seminars and utilising the skills gained in the literature searching sessions you will produce a geographically determined community profile.

The report needs to include the following

A description and characteristics of local geographically determined community - see Community Statistics

A description and characteristics of a specific health improvement issue within the local community - see Health Improvement Issue

Identification and description of the service provision aimed at addressing the specific health improvement issue - see Service Provision

An explanation of the nurse's role and responsibilities in relation to facilitating health and wellbeing across the health, wellness, illness and age continuum see Nurse's Role

Setting out the report - Here you will find further information and guidance on how to set out the report. For guidance and help on how to write the report in an appropriate academic style see Academic Writing. You will need to include a reference list which adheres to the School of Health & Social Care guidelines for referencing. Advice and help with referencing can be found in the How to reference section of this page.

The Kings Fund has an interesting blog about how community involvement can reduce health inequalities.

The community profile must include a description of the characteristics of the chosen geographically determined community. This description should include:

Population-level – for example total growth, migration, birth, gender, age, ethnicity

Social and place – for example housing quality, environment, employment, educational attainment, benefit uptake, vulnerable groups, crime and disorder and community cohesion

Lifestyle determinants of health – for example exercise, smoking, diet, alcohol, drug abuse

Epidemiology – for example morbidity, mortality, life expectancy, long-term conditions, disease prevalence, immunisation and screening uptake rates

Good sources of information are:

The community profile must include Identification and rationale for the choice of health improvement issue (may include financial implications) and a description of the characteristics of a specific health improvement issue within the local community, this description should include:

Definition of the health improvement issue

Epidemiology of the health improvement issue within the locality in comparison to the National perspective

Holistic consideration of the health improvement issue

TIP: choose an issue that you can find plenty of statistics on - both nationally and locally and choose something that can affect the whole population. 

Good sources of information are:

Websites of official associations, such as these listed below, may also provide definitions, epidemiology of the disease / issue and treatment / care options.

It is important with all information, but especially that from the Internet, to think carefully about the quality of the information. Use this checklist to help you decide on the quality of the information you have found.

You will need to Identify and describe the service provision aimed at addressing the specific health improvement issue within the geographically determined community. This may include:

Service access – for example service provision by Children’s Centres, GPs surgeries,  screening uptake, transport, social services, Local Authority provision, welfare rights, residential and nursing homes, day provision, schools, and voluntary sector provision.

You may want to consider access to these services

You will need to consider both the national and local strategy towards service provision for the health issue.  Local Council and Health Authority websites will describe the service provision for particular health issues in your chosen geographical area:

The profile must include an explanation of the nurse's role in facilitating access to services and an explanation of the nurse’s role and responsibilities in relation to facilitating health improvement in relation to facilitating health and wellbeing across the health, wellness, illness and age continuum.

You may want to consider MECC and prevention – primary, secondary and tertiary

Age continuum – infant, child, adolescent, young adult, middle age adult and elderly adult

You will need to identify and describe evidence relevant to the chosen health improvement issue.  To do this you will need to search the database CINAHL (see the link below) for articles on the nurse's role in relation to the chosen health improvement issue. You need to find evidence to show how the nurse can improve the health of of the population in relation to your chosen health issue. You will need to include a copy of the search you have performed  in your appendix of the report.

You can get help with searching the database CINAHL from the Library.

 

The Community Profile is set out in the form of a report with distinct chapters. The format is outlined in the following document:

Academic Writing

As this is your first piece of assessed writing for your course you may want some help improving your writing skills.

You can improve your academic writing in a number of ways: 

  • Read our guidance or view our online tutorial on the Academic Writing LibGuide.  They both go through the TIME model (Targeted, In-depth, Measured, Evidence-based) to explain what's required in academic writing.
  • Come along to one of our Succeed@Tees workshops - in particular:  Academic Writing and Structuring your assignment. (please note the Report Writing workshop does not cover the same style as needed for your community profile report)
  • Book a one-to-one tutorial with a learning advisor
  • Take a look at our how to helpsheets (in particular academic keywords or clue words, how to improve your spelling and how to paraphrase).

Reference List

You must include a list of all the sources you sources you used in your assignment set out in adherence to the School of Health and Social Care guidelines which can be found in the Student Essential Guide.

To help you improve your referencing you can:

  • Read our guidance or view our online tutorial on the Learning Hub  page.  They both go through the basics of referencing, and explain how to create in-text citations and a reference list, using the Harvard style.
  • Go to the 'How to reference' tab of your subject libguide - it will give you examples in the appropriate referencing style for your subject
  • Use Cite them Right online
  • Drop in to the Learning Hub with your questions
  • Attend our Succeed@Tees workshops on 'How to use references'
  • Book a one-to-one tutorial with a learning advisor or with a librarian