Mrs Angela Smith
Lecturer in Health Care Law
Interprofessional Studies
Telephone: (01792) 602265
Room: Office - 700
Seventh Floor
Vivian Building
Singleton Campus

Angela Smith was born in Clevedon, England but moved to Newport after her father gained employment with British Steel. Angela worked within the banking industry (HSBC) for many years in a variety of locations throughout South Wales both before and after having children. She completed a Law degree from 200-2003 (LLB 1st Class Honours) at Swansea Institute of Higher Education. Angela then completed a PGCE (FE) (Distinction) at Cardiff University. Angela has since completed a Masters Degree (LLM) through distance learning at Bristol University. Prior to joining Swansea University, Angela taught for a number of years through the medium of video conferencing.

Angela currently teaches on a variety of modules within the College of Human and Health Sciences. These include teaching large groups of undergraduate students (e.g. Nurses, Paramedics, Osteopaths, Medical Sciences and Humanities) on a range of legal and ethical topics (e.g. Law on consent, Law on confidentiality, Equality, Principles of Medical ethics and Truth telling) but similarly engaging in small group work tutorials on these topics. Her role as a lecturer also involves teaching postgraduate students studying for their Masters degrees. Angela is actively a part of providing teaching days for qualified nursing staff working with ABMU and Hywel Dda Health Board on a range of topics (Documentation, Mental Capacity Act, Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards). Marking of examinations and assignments throughout the academic year is also part of Angela's role at the College. When called upon, Angela has taught on a variety of other degree programmes on a ad hoc basis when her expertise is required. For example, Angela has recently taught on the Social Work degree programme.

In terms of research, Angela's main areas of interest are Law and Reproduction, Do Not Resuscitate Orders and Mental Capacity. She is currently applying for HEA Fellowship and has recently submitted an article with a colleague on sex selection.

Publications

  1. & Informed consent; legal and ethical considerations. Nursing and Residential Care 20(4), 158-161.
  2. & Documentation in health care: avoiding vague language. Nursing and Residential Care 20(2), 101-103.
  3. Children and consent: the key issues. British Journal of Neuroscience Nursing 14(1), 36-38.
  4. Euthanasia and the law in the UK. European Association of Centre of Medical Ethics(No 36), 6-7.
  5. & Legal spheres of accountability: documentation and healthcare. Nursing and Residential Care 19(10), 576-578.

Teaching

  • SHF108 Introduction to Personal and Professional Development

    This module provides an introduction to the skills and knowledge required for personal and professional development for health care providers.

  • SHF201 Introduction to Business Management for Health Care

    This module will introduce the students to the core concepts and principles relating to business management, with a patient-centric approach, whilst exploring the legal and ethical aspects of creating a new business. Due to the competitive nature of healthcare provision it is necessary to have an underpinning knowledge of business practice and management.

  • SHF302 Continuing Personal and Professional Development

    This module considers key issues in osteopathy and health care practice based on reflection from student placements and learning. This module will be delivered through group discussion and feedback sessions.

  • SHG3034 Safeguarding Children and Young People

    This module provides students with theoretical knowledge and critical understanding of safeguarding children and young people, including the development of relevant legal frameworks and guidance and the responsibilities of different professional groups and agencies to work in collaboration..

  • SHG3092 Community Practitioner Nurse Prescriber - V150

    This module is of six month duration and will facilitate the acquisition of appropriate knowledge, skills and attitudes for safe effective prescribing from the Nurse Prescribing Formulary. Successful completion will enable the practitioner to record their qualification as a `Community practitioner nurse prescriber (V150)¿.

  • SHG387 Working with individuals who have a dementia-type illness and their carers

    This module aims to take a holistic approach to working with people who have dementia and their carers. The impact of dementia in terms of losses experienced by younger people who have dementia (under 65 years of age), older people who have dementia (aged over 65 years) and their families or carers will be explored. Assessment strategies, therapeutic interventions and the legal and ethical issues relevant to dementia care will be considered.

  • SHH115 Introduction to Health Law

    The introduction to health law module focuses on the key concepts of law as they apply to health care.

  • SHH211 Health Law and Practice

    This module focuses on the role of law in health care practice with a range of client groups.

  • SHHM13 Advanced Practice: Management and Leadership

    This module provides students with the opportunity to critically examine their role in relation to management and leadership issues. The focus will be on providing the student with knowledge and skills to enhance their practice.

  • SHHM16 Ethics and Philosophy of Social Research

    This module will address the ethics of conducting social research. The discussion of research ethics will include, but not be limited to, informed consent and how to protect the anonymity of research participants. Discussions will also address the limits of researchers' obligations to protect anonymity and confidentiality, along with taking a more detailed look at the process of applying for university research ethics approval. Philosophical problems associated with conducting social research will be explored - asking questions such as 'How is our understanding of others limited? ''Are my research findings objective?¿.

  • SHHM51 An Introduction to Health Care Law and Ethics for Physicians Associates

    This module will introduce students on the Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) / MSc Physician¿s Associate Studies to the core concepts in health care law and ethics that will inform their practice.

  • SHN3048 Promoting the Public Health of Populations

    The module is designed to develop the knowledge and skills of practitioners in public health practice and primary health care. This will require that practitioners have an understanding of the underpinning concepts and approaches to public health practice and the role of public health in primary health care. Collaborative ways of working between sectors will be explored within the above context in order that students can plan and evaluate strategies for the improvement of health of individuals, groups and local populations. They will develop skills to work with others to plan, implement and evaluate programmes and projects, as well as appraising policies to recommend changes to improve health and well-being. Students have to be placed in concurrent practice for completion of this module.

  • SHP307 Persons and Illness

    The module¿s objectives are to provide students with an appreciation of the connection between our concept of the person and our understanding of some of the conditions that are the objects of medical attention, including aspects of mental health, disability, genetics and dying.

  • SHPM45 Introduction to Law and Medicine

    This module introduces the legal system in England & Wales and its role in medicine. Students will be introduced to the nature of law and legal argument and learn how to evaluate case law in relation to consent to examination and treatment.

  • SHPM47 Mental Health, Mental Capacity and the Law

    This module introduces students to the laws relating to mental health and mental capacity. Case law will be used to analyse the role of law in this area and mental health will be used as a basis for considering the impact of human rights on healthcare.

  • SHPM48 Philosophy, Ethics & Medicine

    This module introduces and examines some of the fundamental theoretical approaches to ethics in relation to examples taken from healthcare. It also considers the nature of moral judgements and the relation between ethics and the law.

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Module Lead - SHH 211 Medical Sciences and Humanities Law

    2015 - Present