Principles of the Delivery of Primary Health Care

Course Type
Postgraduate, Module

Principles of the Delivery of Primary Health Care

This module explores the relationship between the shared purpose of primary care and the characteristics and features of a primary care organisation which help it achieve its purpose. The module aims to impart critical reflection on the ethos of primary care in terms of: the patient perspective; being informed by scientific evidence; and medicalisation versus patient self-efficacy.  The organisational structures and characteristics are explored, which might help support these values. These include the organisational culture and specific features of the primary care organisation, the ways in which it delivers care and the ways in which individual clinicians engage with patients.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the module you will be able to:

  1. Understand the need for a shared ethos within a primary care organisation.
  2. Appraise the role of practical wisdom (phronesis) in delivery of primary health care and clinician self-care.
  3. Appraise the contribution of peer support, teams, mentoring and career development to primary health care.
  4. Explain the role of population health management in planning and organising primary care delivery.
  5. Appraise the role of patient / public engagement in the organisation and delivery of primary health care.
  6. Critically appraise the role of continuity of care in primary care delivery.
  7. Demonstrate an understanding of the chronic disease model and the role of the community in supporting chronic disease management (including community referral / social prescribing).
  8. Demonstrate an ability to critically appraise evidence for different approaches to the delivery of primary care.
  9. Understand how individual clinical practice may contribute to delivery of primary health care through evidence-based decision-making; communication and shared decision-making.


20 credits

Module Dates

Module dates to be confirmed.


A structured 4,000-word assignment (100%)

Module Coordinators

Module Lead: Dr Brian Willis

Deputy Lead: Dr Clare MacDonald