Health and Social Care Inequalities PIB013-6

Submission DeadlineMarks and Feedback
Before 10am on: 10/01/202220 working days after deadline (L4, 5 and 7)
15 working days after deadline (L6)
10 working days after deadline (block delivery)
  07/02/2022 
Key assignment details
Unit title & codeHealth and Social Care Inequalities PIB013-6
Assignment number and titleCritically examine how health and social care inequalities are experienced, explained and the government policies and interventions aimed at reducing inequalities in a specific area of public health.  
Assignment typeEssay
Weighting of assignment100%
Size or length of assessment4000 words
Unit learning outcomes1.Demonstrate the following knowledge and understanding: A critical understanding of the evidence base about health and social care inequalities and the government policies and interventions aimed at improving outcomes.  2.  Demonstrate the following skills and abilities: Critically reflect on the complex and interrelated way in which health and social care inequalities are experienced and the impact on outcomes.  
What am I required to do in this assignment?
Write a 4000 word essay critically examining how health and social care inequalities are experienced, explained and the government policy and interventions aimed at reducing inequalities in a specific area of public health.  
What do I need to do to pass? (Threshold Expectations from UIF)
Identify and describe a public health issue where there  are clear inequalities in health and/or social care between different groups in society e.g. gender, ethnicity, age.Explain why these inequalities exist and how they impact on the health and social care experience of the group/s you have chosen.Explain what government policies and interventions have been introduced to reduce the inequality and improve health and social care outcomes.The focus of the essay does not have to be the UK.
How do I produce high quality work that merits a good grade?
    We will be completing this section together in week 1 and then during other weeks/assignment support sessions.    
How does this assignment relate to what we are doing in scheduled sessions?
Each week the health and social care inequalities lectures will use the Determinants of Health approach to identify, describe and explain health and social care inequalities related to a range of public health issues and identify government policies and interventions that have been introduced to reduce inequalities and improve health and social care outcomes. You are expected to use your knowledge and understanding to select one issue to discuss in your essay.              
How will my assignment be marked?
  Your assignment will be marked according to the threshold expectations and the criteria on the following page.   You can use them to evaluate your own work and consider your grade before you submit.      


  70%+ (Ist Class)60-69% (2:1)50-59% (2:2)40-49% (3rd Class) Threshold Standard35-39% (Fail)0-34% (Fail)
1Excellent or outstanding presentation of publication standard.     Written expression is concise, accurate and articulate.   Excellent, coherent in-depth discussion. Essay tightly focuses on and successfully addresses the assessment question. Minor spelling and grammatical errors  Presentation of essay including the rationale for the issue selected is very good.   The essay has a clear structure and information is well organized.   Very good, detailed and coherent discussion. Demonstrates very good understanding and use key terminology and definitions. Focuses on addressing assessment question and avoids inclusion of irrelevant information. Minimal spelling and grammatical errors  Good, well presented report but it lacks a clear rationale for the issue selected.   The essay has a good, well organised structure and points are explained coherently.     Good, correct use of key terminology, but explanations are relatively basic. Attempts to address the assessment question well, but essay includes some irrelevant information. Some spelling and grammatical errorsOverall presentation of the essay is satisfactory, but it lacks a clear rationale for the issue selected.   Most points are explained coherently, but structure and organisation of the essay is very weak.   Satisfactory use of key terminology, but explanations are vague and over simplistic.   The assessment question is addressed superficially; essay includes interesting but irrelevant details throughout. Many spelling and grammatical errors throughout the essay.  Overall presentation of the essay is poor but there the rationale for the selected issue is weak.     Many points are not explained coherently, and organisation of the essay is weak.     Poor use of key terminology. Explanations are vague and over simplistic.   The assessment question is not adequately addressed and the essay includes interesting but irrelevant details throughout.   Many spelling and grammatical errors throughout the essay.  The presentation of the essay is very poor and the rationale for the selected issue is very weak.       The majority of the points are not explained coherently, and organisation of the essay is weak   Very poor use of key terminology. Explanations are very vague and over simplistic.   The assessment question is not adequately addressed and the essay includes irrelevant details throughout     Many spelling and grammatical errors throughout the essay.  
2An excellent, comprehensive range of current primary literature is used effectively to support discussion. References and citations are consistently formatted in the UoB Harvard style.Very good range of evidence cited including current peer-reviewed primary literature. References and citations are consistently formatted, with most in the UoB Harvard style.Good range of evidence cited including current peer-reviewed primary literature. Most references and citations are formatted in the UoB Harvard style but some inaccuracies remain.Has identified essential literature but minimal range of literature is cited.     References and citations are included but UoB Harvard style is not used consistently.          Has not identified essential literature but minimal range of literature is cited.     References and citations are included but UoB Harvard style is not used consistently.  Has not identified essential literature but a very low range and/or irrelevant literature is cited.   References and citations are not clearly included and UoB Harvard style has not been used consistently.  
3Essay highlights a broad range of outcomes illustrating inequalities related to the selected issue and presents excellent  detailed description of the Determinants of Health approach to explaining inequalities   Discussion of the Government policy and interventions to reduce inequalities in the selected area is excellent.  Essay highlights a broad range of outcomes illustrating inequalities related to the selected issue and presents a very good, detailed description of the Determinants of Health approach to explaining inequalities.    Discussion of the Government policy and interventions to reduce inequalities in the selected area is very good.    Essay identifies a broad range of outcomes illustrating inequalities related to the selected issue and includes good detailed description the Determinants of Health approach to explaining inequalitiesEssay describes some of the outcomes illustrating inequalities related to the issue selected.   Discussion of the Determinants of Health approach to explaining inequalities is simplistic and lacks specific detail.            Essay describes minimal outcomes illustrating inequalities related to the issue selected.     Discussion of the Determinants of Health approach to explaining inequalities is very simplistic and lacks specific detailEssay describes a very minimal outcomes illustrating inequalities related to the issue selected.   Discussion of the Determinants of Health approach to explaining inequalities is very simplistic not presented. 
4Presents excellent, in-depth and insightful evidence-based critical evaluation of the explanations for inequalities for the selected issue.   Demonstrates excellent understanding of explanations for inequalities for the selected issueVery good, detailed critical analysis of the explanations for inequalities for the selected issue based on evidence synthesised from multiple sources of good quality information.   Demonstrates very good understanding of explanations for inequalities for the selected issue.  Attempts to analyse the explanations for inequalities for the selected issue using supporting evidence from good quality sources of information.   Demonstrates good understanding of explanations for inequalities for the selected issue.A limited attempt to analyse the explanations for inequalities for the selected issue. Analysis lacks a strong evidence base.   Demonstrates a satisfactory understanding of explanations for inequalities for the selected issue.                An unsatisfactory attempt to analyse the explanations for inequalities for the selected issue. Analysis lacks a strong evidence base.   Demonstrates an unsatisfactory understanding of explanations for inequalities for the selected issue.  Almost no attempt to analyse the explanations for inequalities for the selected issue. Analysis lacks a basic evidence base.     Demonstrates a very limited understanding of explanations for inequalities for the selected issue.  
5Suggestions for alternative strategies are insightful and supported by a sound evidence-base.Discussion of the Government policy and interventions to reduce inequalities for the selected issue is well thought-out and identifies and suggests alternative strategies supported by a strong evidence-base.     Discussion of the Government policy and interventions to reduce inequalities in the selected area good.   Discussion is described clearly and supported by a sound evidence-base.Discussion of the Government policy and interventions to reduce inequalities in the selected area is simplistic and lacks specific detail.            Discussion of the Government policy and interventions to reduce inequalities in the selected area is very simplistic and lacks specific detail.    Discussion of the Government policy and interventions to reduce inequalities in the selected area are very minimal or not presented.