Mrs Angela Smith
Lecturer in Health Care Law
Interprofessional Studies
Telephone: (01792) 602265
Room: Office - 702
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.


  1. & Legal spheres of accountability: documentation and healthcare. Nursing and Residential Care 19(10), 576-578.
  2. Informed consent: how much information should we give patients?. British Journal of Neuroscience Nursing 14(3), 127-129.
  3. & Informed consent; legal and ethical considerations. Nursing and Residential Care 20(4), 158-161.
  4. & Documentation in health care: avoiding vague language. Nursing and Residential Care 20(2), 101-103.
  5. Children and consent: the key issues. British Journal of Neuroscience Nursing 14(1), 36-38.

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  • PM-260 Bioethics

    Should we clone humans? What should we think of the coming genetic revolution? How much control should we have over how and when we dies? Is rationing health care good, bad, necessary or all of the above? This module will explore fundamental ethical issues that arise in medicine, healthcare and the life sciences. Some are as old as life itself: the vulnerability of illness, the fact of death. Some are new, brought on by a dizzying pace of technology that can unsettle our core ideas about human nature and our place in the world. Through an analysis of extant principles, theories and practices, this module aims to develop students' critical awareness of the moral, ethical and legal issues inherent within medicine, healthcare and the life sciences more broadly.

  • PMIM101 Health Informatics in Context

    In this module, students will study the skills required by the professional health informatician with an introduction to information governance, including privacy and the maintenance of confidentiality, data security, legislation, ethical considerations, and current UK and global eHealth strategies. Students will also begin to develop their academic skills in literature searching, the critical evaluation of research literature and reflective practice.

  • PPS305 Law and Ethics in Health & Social Care

    This module will address a range of problems that combine legal and ethical aspects, as they arise in the context of health and social care.

  • 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.

  • SHF309 Evidence Based Practice and Research Methods

    This module introduces students to the concept of evidence based practice and will provide an introduction to research methods.

  • 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..

  • SHG392 Health Care and the Law

    The aim of the module is to raise awareness of the legal principles that underpin health care.

  • 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.

  • SHH313 Ethics in Health and Social Care

    This module aims to develop students' critical awareness of the moral dimension of health care. Ethical analysis of relevant issues is based upon extant theory and principles. Students are encouraged to reconsider ethical issues in their day to day practice, against their developing knowledge and understanding of literature, and broader organizational/social/policy implications.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • SHPM46 Patients, Professionals and the Law

    This module introduces the students to the law relating to negligence, reproduction, end of life issues and confidentiality through the use of case law and statute law.

  • 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.

  • SW-M08 Critical Practice in Adult Care and Law

    This module provides students with relevant skills, knowledge and critical understanding in the application of the best current evidence to social work practice in adult care. Policies, theoretical perspectives, services and strategies in Wales relevant to the provision of care, safeguarding, well-being and citizen-directed support of particular adult groups are considered. Particular attention is given to partnership and inter-disciplinary working, principles of assessment, positive approaches to risk and outcomes-focused care with a range of service users and carers. The module considers the history and current application of law and policy in adult community care in the Welsh context. The module incorporates practitioner, carer and service-user perspectives.

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Module Lead - SHH 211 Medical Sciences and Humanities Law

    2015 - Present