Our six-month Informatics for Healthcare Systems CPD course explores the role of informatics in managing healthcare systems, with an emphasis on current issues and future innovations and trends.
The course is led by health problems rather than technologies or organisations, setting the direction of translational thinking that healthcare managers need to take when dealing with information and communications technologies.
Through our own research-driven examples and case studies, you will be provided with the skills and concepts needed to address the core issues in delivering and managing healthcare systems through informatics.
These include topics surrounding data, technologies, information and people in the context of the journey from the maintenance of wellbeing to specialist healthcare for individuals, and the creation of a population-wide picture of health to enable well-informed management of a whole system.
Each course unit will examine a core issue in detail at every stage of the patient pathway in context with other core issues and skills, and will consider its impact on the information usage.
This course is open to anyone who looking to develop their health informatics knowledge and work in the healthcare, pharmaceutical or academic sectors.
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This course uses an engaging blend of lectures, exercises, discussions and case studies designed to put theory into practice.
Our enquiry-based learning approach will encourage discussion and debate, enabling you to actively share knowledge with other students. Face-to-face time will provide you with immediate access to experts and a forum for the informatics workforce to network and to exchange experiences and knowledge.
This will allow you to develop wider awareness of the overall health informatics and patient pathway context, and provide a basis for greater collaboration.
Online material relating to each unit will allow you to review material in your own time and reflect upon your learning and how it can be applied in your own organisation. Material will also be provided as pre-unit preparation and for learning reflection.
Both reflective and preparatory material will enable you to consolidate and advance your learning in ways that suit you on an individual basis.
For those attending more than one unit, online material will connect the subject matter covered during each unit. It will also allow you to directly apply your knowledge and skills in the workplace, enabling you to enhance your practical experience.
Access to the online material will remain available to assist in ongoing consolidation of knowledge and skills.
The course is delivered across seven face-to-face contact days, divided into one block of three days and two blocks of two days. Each block is then interspersed with e-learning content for reflection and preparation. Each unit will have one face-to-face day, except Unit 6, which will comprise two face-to-face days.
This course has been developed in conjunction with the School of Computer Science at The University of Manchester, the North West Informatics Skills Development Network, and discussions with clinicians and other members in the NHS and industry. In addition, key competencies have been highlighted using the Health Careers Framework.
"During the course I have had the opportunity to look at current practices from a more objective standpoint (rather than being caught up with doing it) and hear perspectives from colleagues in other settings. I have a better and broader understanding of issues across the healthcare system and hopefully will be able to apply some of the academic ways of looking at things going forward."
Robert Konstant-Hambling, Head of Information, North West Specialised Commissioning
"The course has been beneficial to me in a number of areas, in particular it has forced me to investigate above and beyond NHS and DoH literature and see things from a different perspective. I always have good intentions of investigating and reading to improve knowledge and understanding for my work area but find time restricting and seldom have chance to read beyond the high priority documents. I have found the course and networking with NHS staff of a similar level and responsibilities, in this environment, extremely useful in challenging existing knowledge and forcing me to stretch myself."
Erica Fairweather, System Support Manager, Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust
"The course has enabled me to interact with the rest of the health economy on a more informed basis thereby benefitting both the health economy as a whole and influencing better patient care through the delivery of cohesive systems."
Paul Lucock, Associate Director ICT Delivery, Northwest Ambulance NHS Trust
Computers will be available during the face-to-face sessions held on campus at the University. We offer extensive library and online services to help you get the most out of your studies.
Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: [email protected]
This innovative course offers clinicians and managers the opportunity to look in depth at healthcare leadership and commissioning theory, policy and practice, combining academic research with an up-to-the minute take on current policy, structured practical projects and work-based investigations.
A distinct feature of this course is that students can combine leadership modules with specialist clinical, public health, educational, and research modules; this combination strengthens professional knowledge, and applies learning to practice. The course will challenge existing work habits and mindsets, and underpin your work performance with a strong theory and policy base.
Modules are usually assessed via presentations, seminars, abstracts, posters or a 3,000 – 4,000 word written assignment.
PGCert (60 credits)
PGDip (120 credits)
MSc (180 credits)
This course is delivered by a multi-professional team based both within the university and in health and social care services, bringing clinicians, leaders and commissioners together from all parts of the health and care system.
It offers a rich and inter-connected learning environment to build cross-organisation links with leaders from other settings. The classroom environment is enriched with practical applied examples of workplace initiatives.
Today's society faces the challenge of providing high-quality, patient-centred, sustainable and affordable healthcare, in an environment of increased demand and scarce resources. The Health Informatics MSc at UCL aims to form future leaders who will address this challenge, transforming healthcare delivery through the use of information and communication technologies.
Our graduates are professionals able to effectively engage with clinicians, managers, patients and policymakers, with the necessary skills and tools to harness healthcare information for improving clinical practice and service delivery. They possess the knowledge about healthcare problems, the concepts used to analyse them and the principles that govern the successful engineering, application and evaluation of solutions.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme consists of one core module (15 credits), seven optional modules (105 credits) and a research project (60 credits).
A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, flexible study 2-5 years) is offered.
A Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits, flexible study over a period of two years) is offered.
*Full-time MSc students have option to share Data Science for Research in Health & Biomedicine modules
All MSc students undertake an independent research project, normally based at their place of work, which culminates in a piece of work written in the style of a journal article.
Teaching and learning
The programme is taught by 'blended learning', and therefore includes interactive online teaching and face-to-face lectures, seminars and workshops including substantial use of examples of real clinical systems. Assessment is through examination, critical evaluations, technical tasks, coursework and project reports, compulsory programming and database assignments, and the dissertation.
Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Health Informatics MSc
Health informatics is a subject of growing importance, with exciting career development prospects for clinicians, managers, administrators and technologists. The main areas where our graduates find employment are business intelligence, information management, project and programme management, informatics analysts and directors, quality and service improvement management.
Recent career destinations for this degree
Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2013–2015 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.
The MSc in Health Informatics at UCL is taught by a team of specialists within the UCL Institute of Health Informatics, and understanding how information technologies can be harnessed for improving the delivery of care is central to their academic mission. UCL is at the centre of a vast network of clinical collaborators and houses probably the largest concentration of health informatics expertise in the UK.
The institute conducts world-leading research and our teaching, which is research based, focuses on areas such as electronic healthcare records, decision support systems, consumer health informatics, and clinical and applied bioinformatics.
The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.
Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.
Our Implementation and Improvement Science MSc programme is a practical and innovative course for graduates with an interest in improving health services and a desire to do it efficiently. The Implementation and Improvement Science MSc programme is delivered by expert scientists working together under the auspices of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) South London.
Implementation Science is the study of methods to support the application of evidence and research findings in healthcare policy and practice. As well as seeking to understand the behaviour of healthcare professionals, managers and policymakers together with service users and carers. The study also examines the impact of decisions on the sustainable uptake, adoption, and spread of evidence-based interventions.
Implementation and Improvement Science looks to determine which improvement strategies offer the greatest benefit in terms of safety, health outcomes and the experience of service users.
The course provides a thorough training that will enable you to develop research skills to support the design and delivery of effective health services. You will have the opportunity to develop, implement and evaluate health interventions working in partnership with health and social care providers to meet vital service needs.
This research programme offers you the flexibility to study either full or part-time and is made up of optional and required modules totalling 180 credits. If you are studying full-time, you will complete the course in one year, while the part-time study pathway will take two years to complete.
Initially, you will explore the Principles of Implementation and Improvement Science, Measurement and Evaluation for Healthcare Practice as well as issues in the conduct of healthcare research methods. You will then choose a range of optional modules to reflect your academic interests before completing a dissertation worth 60 credits. Your thesis will enable you to draw on your knowledge and research skills with a choice of three options: an analysis of an area of healthcare provision, an empirical study, or a systematic review.
If you are following the part-time study pathway, you will typically complete the required core study modules as well as the optional modules in the first year and the dissertation in the second and final year.
The majority of learning for this degree takes place across the four King’s College London campuses, including three Thames-side campuses (Waterloo, St Thomas’ and Guy’s) and the Denmark Hill Campus in South London. Please note that locations are determined by where each module is taught and may vary depending on the optional modules you select.
The course content is suitable for people at the start of their career as well as people who have been working in, or using health services for a longer period of time.
You will be assessed through a combination of coursework and examinations. This can include written assignments such as essays, portfolios and dissertations. In addition, some modules will require you to undertake a presentation as part of the module assessment. A small number of modules are assessed by an exam such as an unseen written examination or a computer based assessment.
King’s College is regulated by the Higher Education Funding Council for England.
What is Implementation Science?
Implementation Science is the study of methods to promote the translation of research findings and evidence into healthcare policy and practice. It seeks to understand the behaviour of healthcare professionals, managers and policy makers alongside those of service users and carers and how these behaviours impact the sustainable uptake, adoption, and spread of evidence-based interventions.
The methods investigate and address major blockages (eg social, behavioural, economic, management) that prevent effective implementation of practices that have already been shown to have the capacity to improve healthcare, and systematically measure the impact of these practices on patient outcomes, experience, safety and population health.
Implementation science is closely aligned to improvement science, which seeks to determine which improvement strategies offer most benefit in terms of safety, health outcomes and the experience of service users.
This internationally recognised course is designed to train healthcare professionals to be the clinical leaders of the future by providing a mix of clinical and professional knowledge relevant to the practice of cardiology in contemporary healthcare.
Learning in key professional domains includes service leadership and development, research, commissioning and communication and teaching. The cardiology content of the programme provides comprehensive learning to meet the professional development needs of a wide range of practitioners working in cardiology including: doctors, nurses, paramedics, pharmacists, physiologists and radiographers.
The course aims to increase students’ practical and theoretical knowledge of advanced clinical and interventional cardiology, by promoting their exploration of the current evidence for diagnosis and treatment. The course seeks to enable the student to use this evidence toward good practice through focussing on the practical aspects of the care of common cardiac conditions from a medical and patient perspective. In addition, the course aims to promote a wider understanding of the differing profiles and contributory roles of the various health care professionals involved in the care of cardiac patients.
Most modules are assessed by means of a 3,000 word in-depth evaluation of a topic agreed by the student and module leader. The clinical modules are also assessed by means of an unseen written examination.
PGCert Modules PLUS
On completion of the course, students will have a broad understanding of cardiovascular medicine combined with a portfolio of advanced research and leadership skills to support the development of specialist interest in cardiology and enhance career opportunities.