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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. Read more
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.

KEY AREAS OF STUDY

• Leadership and change management in clinical services
• Commissioning for quality care
• Quality, safety and service improvement in clinical services
• Principles and practice of public health
• Research methods and critical appraisal

COURSE STRUCTURE

Modules are usually assessed via presentations, seminars, abstracts, posters or a 3,000 – 4,000 word written assignment.

PGCert (60 credits)

• MDM110 Leadership and Change Management in Clinical Services (20 credits)
• MDM76 Quality, Safety and Service Improvement in Clinical Services (20 credits)

PLUS

• One module from the core list or optional list (20 credits)

PGDip (120 credits)

• PGCert modules

PLUS

• MDM111 Commissioning for Quality Care (20 credits)
• MDM50 Principles and Practice of Public Health (20 credits)
• MDM10 Research Methods and Critical Appraisal (20 credits)

PLUS

• One module from the optional module list (20 credits) See below.

MSc (180 credits)

• PGDip modules
• PLUS One module from the optional module list (20 credits) See below.
• PLUS MDM164 Dissertation (60 credits)

Optional modules:

• MDM59 Diabetes Practice in Primary Care (20 credits)
• MDM119 Understanding Dementia (20 credits)
• MDM159 Management of Long-Term Conditions in Children (20 credits)
• MDM122 Communication, Learning and Teaching in Health and Social Care (20 credits)

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

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.

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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 up-to-the-minute take on current policy, structured practical projects and work-based investigations. Read more

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 up-to-the-minute take on current policy, structured practical projects and work-based investigations. Students can combine leadership modules with specailist clinical, public health, educational and research modules. The classroom environment is enriched with practical applied examples of workplace inititiatives.

Modules are assesed via presentations, seminars, abstracts, posters or a 3,000-4,000 word written assignment.



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Welcome to our Leadership and Management Programme which is aimed for all healthcare professionals. For those in clinical practice, an appreciation of leadership and management skills in the health care setting is increasingly important. Read more

Overview

Welcome to our Leadership and Management Programme which is aimed for all healthcare professionals. For those in clinical practice, an appreciation of leadership and management skills in the health care setting is increasingly important. This part time postgraduate award is focused on developing the knowledge, skills and values to enable you to practice more confidently and to become an effective clinical leader. The three modules have been designed specifically to enable you to think creatively and to challenge how healthcare services are currently delivered.

Modules 1 and 3 utilise a mix of teaching methods, including face to face lectures, small group discussion, case studies and on-line learning through the Keele Learning Environment (KLE).

Module 2 is an independent, practice based study, conducted in your own work environment and supported by a trust based supervisor. We encourage our students to consider publication of their findings if appropriate.

Course Aims

Good and effective leadership in healthcare practice makes a very positive difference to improving patient care.

By the end of the programme, you will:

• understand how organisations work and the challenges involved in leading and managing busy clinicians and establishing effective team working in order to deliver high quality care and bring about change as required

• be better informed about current and prevailing national health policy and how they work in practice

• understand how the NHS is funded and the key issues around commissioning arrangements and how care needs to be organised and delivered

• have acquired a range of leadership and management skills and have the confidence to apply these concepts in practice by engaging and empowering others

• have had the opportunity to study in depth an element of effective leadership in healthcare practice

Course Content

Module 1: Leadership and Management for Healthcare Professionals (15 credits):
This module will provide the foundation to the award; within it, we will explore both the theoretical background to leadership and management and the practical skills which you will require to be an effective leader in the present, challenging, healthcare environment. You will leave with greater insight into your own leadership style and impact on others, together with a deeper understanding of how the new commissioning arrangements will affect your service.

Module 2: Independent Practice Based Study (30 credits):
This module is a portfolio assessment of a workplace based project. You will negotiate with a personal tutor to draw up a personalised action plan and a programme of activity to design, carry out and evaluate a leadership project with direct impact on service redesign or patient care in your workplace.

Module 3: A choice of one of the following options:-
- Leadership for Patient Safety (15 credits):
This module addresses the need for health and social care professionals to engage more effectively with the factors that fundamentally affect the provision of safe, effective, and compassionate healthcare for patients. This is an online module comprised of activities, discussions, collaboration and assessments, so making combining work, home and study easier.

- Medical Education (15 credits):
Much of a doctor’s professional life is concerned with facilitating the learning of junior medical staff, as well as contributing to the education of other health professionals and patients. This module starts with a teaching the teachers course (which you may have already completed) and continues with a virtual learning environment online to enable you to study at a time and place more convenient to you, so that no further attendance is required.

- Following the Money: Finance in the National Health Service (15 credits)
This module will explain how the NHS is funded, consider alternatives used in other systems and develop a series of financial management techniques that will enable participants to better understand, and ultimately influence, the processes.

- Clinical Effectiveness (15 credits)
This module aims to familiarise students with the methods and processes of critical evaluation of the professional literature and how this may be applied clinically and as a self-learning model.

- Advanced Leadership: Community Engagement (15 credits)
The module will allow the student to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes to effectively engage patients and the public in healthcare decision making.

- Contemporary Challenges in Healthcare Ethics and Law (15 credits)
In this module students will gain a high quality introduction to ethical and legal issues in healthcare and the knowledge and skills to enable further work on the subject.

Module 3: Independent Practice Based Study (30 credits):
This module is a portfolio assessment of a workplace based project. You will negotiate with a personal tutor to draw up a personalised action plan and a programme of activity to design, carry out and evaluate a leadership project with direct impact on service redesign or patient care in your workplace.

Teaching & Assessment

Various forms of assessment will be used including written assignments, observation and reflection on teaching practice, case based discussions, personal portfolios and a project report.

Additional Costs

Apart from additional costs for text books, inter-library loans and potential overdue library fines we do not anticipate any additional costs for this postgraduate programme.

Find information on Scholarships here - http://www.keele.ac.uk/studentfunding/bursariesscholarships/

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When you join this MSc course you will join a supportive and nurturing ‘community of inquiry’. Read more
When you join this MSc course you will join a supportive and nurturing ‘community of inquiry’.

Along with your peers you will develop a critical awareness of how research processes can be applied to the study of public health, an insight into the global drivers behind health system reform, and an appreciation of policy development and implementation in developed and developing nations.

This course is for you if you seek a career in public health. There are a range of career opportunities within public health, including public health analyst, public health programme manager and public health specialist. The course can also act as a platform for postgraduate research (MPhil/PhD) study in public health and provides you with sufficient grounding for the UK Faculty of Public Health Part I examination. Upon completion of this course, all students become eligible to apply for fellow membership of the UK Royal Society for Public Health.

Intermediate qualifications available:

• Postgraduate certificate – 60 credits at Masters level
• Postgraduate diploma – 120 credits at Masters level

Visit the website: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/courses/postgraduate/next-year/public-health2#about

Course detail

• Study the principles of public health that are relevant to students from around the world, and boost your practical, critical and theoretical skills
• Explore your potential on a course that commences with two foundation units before moving onto specialist units that enable you to explore contemporary issues relating to public health policy. A final unit enables you to undertake a research project
• Develop an understanding of issues in public health principles and practice from local, national and international perspectives
• Gain an insight into the global drivers of reform in health systems and their potential impacts on future public health policy
• Benefit from a course that uses case-studies from around the world, and is based on the principle that medical professionals should improve health and prevent disease, not just provide treatment for those who are ill.

Modules

• Epidemiology in Public Health
• Ethical and Legal Issues in Healthcare
• Health and Social Care Inequalities
• Healthcare Commissioning
• Principles, Policies and Issues in Public Health
• Public Health Intelligence
• Public Health Protection
• Public Health Research Methods
• Research Project – Dissertation

Format

Teaching for each of the eight core unit is based on a series of weekly lectures and workshops. Between lectures, your learning will be underpinned by the University’s Virtual Learning Environment (BREO) which is used to provide access to additional guided learning materials and e-learning resources. After you have completed the eight core units, the dissertation unit will provide an opportunity to develop your public health research skills.

Assessment

Each unit is designed to develop your public health skills in ways which are directly relevant to the workplace. This is designed to help you in identifying, reflecting on and meeting your own learning needs.

In order to assist your future professional and career development, each assignment will require you to identify and develop a competency from the UK Faculty of Public Health framework which forms the basis of your learning and underpins your assessment. As you undertake each unit, you will be given the opportunity to develop your skills in a range of public health techniques via the assessments
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• Formal examination (8%)
• Course work, essays (57%)
• Presentation, posters (2%)
• Dissertation (33%)

Careers

Students completing the programme will have the skills and the knowledge to enter any field of public health practice. Throughout the course the teaching, learning and assessment methods are designed to encourage you to make strong connections between your studies and your future public health practice. Case studies, healthcare datasets and exemplars from practice help you to develop and practise a broad range of skills.

Throughout the course the teaching staff will share examples from their own professional practice and/or research activity and external speakers such as public health leaders, practitioners, policy makers, researchers are invited to share their expertise.

Opportunities for shared learning with other students on the MSc in Public Health offer insights into current healthcare practices in the UK and internationally, and opportunities for peer discussion and debate.

The course can also act as a platform for postgraduate research (MPhil/PhD) study in public health.

Funding

For information on available funding, please follow the link: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/money/scholarships/pg

How to apply

For information on how to apply, please follow the link: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/course/applicationform

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Studying for a Research Degree is an opportunity to develop your research interests and skills in a centre of excellence for health, within research groups building the international evidence base for health and health care. Read more

Course summary

Studying for a Research Degree is an opportunity to develop your research interests and skills in a centre of excellence for health, within research groups building the international evidence base for health and health care. We will equip you to undertake, analyse and evaluate health research.

Key features

-The IHR has an international track record for research impacting policy and practice

Career opportunities

You will develop a sound training in research methodology, health policy and academic writing. Past graduates found employment with WHO, Global Fund, Ministry of Health among other organisations.

The University welcomes research degree applications in the following ares:

-Health inequalities
-Healthcare commissioning
-Public health

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The management of health and social care services in hospitals and other related facilities is changing rapidly with government, funding bodies and healthcare insurance companies demanding greater accountability and efficiencies. Read more
The management of health and social care services in hospitals and other related facilities is changing rapidly with government, funding bodies and healthcare insurance companies demanding greater accountability and efficiencies.

Increasing complexity of the user/patient journey creates unique challenges for managers and leaders of health and social care services to respond to. Commissioning and purchasing of health related services, logistics, continuous professional development, accounting, legal and professional regulation along with increasing public scrutiny of health care systems require expert high quality strategic leadership and management functions.

This course prepares the next generation of healthcare managers, leaders and entrepreneurs to think creatively in refreshing the delivery and quality of existing health and social care services and responding to future demands.

The MBA Health Care Management with Professional Experience, is an extended full-time Masters programme with a substantive professional experience component. Within the professional experience modules, students have the option of undertaking an internship with a host organisation or, alternatively, campus-based professional experience. Internships are subject to a competitive application and selection process and the host organisation may include the University.

Internships may be paid or unpaid, and this will depend on what is being offered and agreed with the host organisation. Students who do not wish to undertake an internship or are not successful in securing an internship will undertake campus-based professional experience, which will deliver similar learning outcomes through supervised projects and activities designed to offer students the opportunity to integrate theory with an understanding of professional practice.

WHY CHOOSE THIS COURSE?

-Offered as a full-time or part-time programme with two points of entry, September and January.
-Opportunities to undertake an internship or consultancy project and voluntary work placements in a range of settings.
-Collaboration between the Coventry Business School, with its excellent International reputation and the School of Health within the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, drawing on highly qualified and academic staff relevant subject expertise in business, health and social care and management and leadership.
-Interprofessional learning across a range of modules, both within the Coventry Business School in which students will learn alongside their peers on other MBA programmes and the School of Health in which they will learn alongside their peers on other health-related Masters programmes.

WHAT WILL I LEARN?

You will study a range of modules which provide a detailed understanding of business management combined with examination of contemporary challenges within healthcare management.

The course will feature a range of current and management theories relevant to the health and social care sectors. In addition, it will also explore multi-cultural and international dimensions of healthcare management. The programme will also develop students’ employability and entrepreneurial skills.

Specifically, the modules of study are:
-Leading Complex Healthcare Systems
-Leadership, Service Improvement and Integrated Care
-Human Resource Management
-Financial Analysis and Decision-Making
-Principles of Marketing
-Strategic Analysis
-Research Methodology, Design and Methods

Additionally, the understanding gained from these modules will be demonstrated and applied in either the university-based MBA Management Project (12 month full-time and 24 month part-time) or the MBA Postgraduate Internship Research Project undertaken with an host organisation or MBA Postgraduate Consultancy Project (18 month full-time).

You will experience learning with students from other MBA programmes within the Coventry Business School and Masters programmes within the School of Health, in addition to those specialising in healthcare management at different stages of your course.

You will be supported by a personal tutor throughout your studies and receive individual supervision whilst undertaking either the MBA Management Project or MBA Postgraduate Internship Research Project.

HOW WILL THIS COURSE ENHANCE MY CAREER PROSPECTS?

Graduates from this programme enter challenging and rewarding positions which come with great personal and financial rewards. Earning an MBA in Healthcare Management is an excellent way to propel your management career to higher levels in the worlds of health and social care.

The learning and development demanded by this qualification prepares its graduates well for the prospects of director level employment; be it related to a discrete service department or hospital unit, private or publically funded hospital or service or healthcare company. It enables students to develop the skill set for posts in local, regional, national or even international government policy making bodies (for example Professional Bodies, Ministries of Health, World Health Organization).

Opportunities within health related industries e.g. the pharmaceutical industry will also be relevant for some graduates.

WORK PLACEMENTS

Within the professional experience modules, students have the option of undertaking an internship with a host organisation or, alternatively, campus-based professional experience. Internships are subject to a competitive application and selection process and the host organisation may include the University.

The professional experience modules are not available to students undertaking the part-time programme.

Students enrolled onto the 12 month full-time programme will be offered the opportunity to undertake voluntary work with relevant organisations which will enable you to apply your knowledge and develop your management skills. This will be offered in the second half of your course.

OPPORTUNITIES FOR AN INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE

In addition to studying in the UK with other international students, you will be able to share your personal and professional experiences of health and social care systems to inform seminar discussions and provide a global perspective. You will have the opportunity to focus your MBA Management project on an international issue.

GLOBAL LEADERS PROGRAMME

To prepare students for the challenges of the global employment market and to strengthen and develop their broader personal and professional skills Coventry University has developed a unique Global Leaders Programme.

The objectives of the programme, in which postgraduate and eligible undergraduate students can participate, is to provide practical career workshops and enable participants to experience different business cultures.

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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. Read more

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.

Key benefits

  • Leading researchers and specialists in the field, including implementation and improvement science experts from NIHR CLAHRC South London and King’s Improvement Science (KIS).
  • A free two-day Implementation Science Masterclass managed by the CLAHRC South London with international experts in the field.
  • Located in the heart of London, across three of King's Thames-side campuses (Waterloo, St Thomas' and Guy's) and the Denmark Hill Campus in South London.
  • Lectures will be delivered by experienced multi-disciplinary researchers on contemporary issues in the conduct and utilisation of health, clinical and social care research.
  • A thriving research community to join and to participate with active researchers in a range of extra-curricular events, such as reading groups, round-table discussions and workshops.

Description

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.

What you will learn?

  • How to design, implement and evaluate an implementation or improvement project using different theoretical approaches and designs
  • The importance of measurement e.g. how to know if an intervention is making a positive difference, how to measure unintended consequences of an intervention, and how to evaluate the effectiveness of different intervention and implementation strategies
  • Research and practical skills that will help you make real and long-lasting improvements in health services – including how to design effective interventions to improve population health.

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.

Who should apply?

  • Health professionals, researchers and health service managers working in the NHS, voluntary sector or private sector
  • Patient and service user activists, or members of a patient organisation
  • Staff working in the charity sector who are interested in making health services better
  • Social scientists
  • Staff working for a commissioning organisation.

Location

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. 

Course purpose

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.

Course format and assessment

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.

Regulating body

King’s College is regulated by the Higher Education Funding Council for England.

Extra information

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.



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Diploma MSc is an award-winning provider of online medical education for Postgraduate Diploma and Masters courses. We are now pleased to add the Health Economics Postgraduate Diploma and Health Economics Masters to our growing range of online courses. Read more
Diploma MSc is an award-winning provider of online medical education for Postgraduate Diploma and Masters courses. We are now pleased to add the Health Economics Postgraduate Diploma and Health Economics Masters to our growing range of online courses. Our Health Economics courses are offered in conjunction with our partner, the University of South Wales, who have developed a strong reputation for delivering innovative learning.

Our online Health Economics courses are necessary to address the disparity between national and sub-national decision-making, and between different sub-national regions or institutions. They aim to standardise processes and give practitioners the ability to apply the same principles to their individual decision-making. The courses in Health Economics will enable healthcare professionals to be well equipped to elicit the maximum value from finite budgets. They will help students understand why Health Economics has and should become integral to healthcare decision making as well as understanding the underlying principles, methodologies and processes associated with this established and growing international discipline.

This very practical Postgraduate Diploma and MSc will focus on direct application to current topics, case studies and processes relevant to the student’s own remit and country of practice. Unlike other courses, it covers the key disease area pertinent to Health Economics for healthcare decision making.

Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Health Economics

Our online 1 year Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Health Economics will focus on direct application to current topics, case studies and processes relevant to the student’s own remit and country of practice. The course is worth 120 credits and comprises 6 modules of 20 credits each.

On completion of the Applied Health Economics Diploma, you will be able to:
Demonstrate a systematic understanding of the application of Health Economics in healthcare decision making.
Critically evaluate current research in Health Economics for healthcare decision making.
Apply a critical awareness of current issues in Health Economic evaluations.
Implement Health Economic evaluations in clinical practice scenarios.

Course Structure

Our 1 year course consists of 6 modules per year, each of 6 weeks duration.

Module 1 - Health Economic Decision Making and Health Technology Appraisal/Assessment
Module 2 - Principles of Obtaining Patient Access in Healthcare Systems
Module 3 - Health Economic Modelling and Analysis
Module 4 - Understanding the Use of Data in Health Technology Assessment
Module 5 - National and International Health Economic Decision Making
Module 6 - Sub-National (regional, institutional) Health Economic Decision Making

Assessment

The course puts assessment at the heart of learning by using clinical scenarios to facilitate problem-solving, critical analysis and evidence-based care. The scenarios act as both the focus for learning and assessment thus embedding assessment within the learning process.

Each of the 6 modules has the same assessment format. Due to the online nature of the course, students are expected to login and participate in the course regularly throughout the module (ideally on a daily basis).

Students use the skills gained during the lectures to engage with the different activities (see below).

Clinical case scenarios with case based discussion - 40%
Individual learning portfolio - 10%
Group/individual activity - 20%
Case based examination - 30%

Teaching Methods

Each module has the same format. Using an online platform and one tutor per 10-15 students, the self-directed distance learning is guided by tutor stimulated discussion based on clinically rich case scenarios. Group projects are undertaken alongside independent projects. Reflective practice is recorded in a reflective portfolio to help students consider how the learning can be translated into everyday work and practice. Teaching starts with 1 day of introductory lectures. Students may attend these lectures in the UK (Glyntaff campus, University of South Wales). The lecture series are delivered by the faculty and tutors, they are a pre-course organiser, giving students the tools required to undertake the online course such as:

Scientific writing.
Levels of evidence.
Harvard referencing.
Reflective writing.

The lectures series give an opportunity to meet face to face with tutors/other students prior to the online course.

MSc Health Economic

The MSc Health Economics course aims to create professionals who can independently access information and use the information to critically assess, evaluate and disseminate the evidence base related to Health Economics medicine. The online masters in Health Economics will enable more health care professionals to have the required knowledge to treat patients. It will develop problem solving and clinical skills together with preparing students to take a leadership role in Health Economics.

Entry to the 1 year MSc in Health Economics will require the successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma in Health Economics (120 credits) either from the University of South Wales or from another UK University.

Our Health Economics Masters of Science course has been developed for health professionals who are interested in a leadership role within Health Economics including NHS managers, Doctors, Nurses, Allied Health Professionals, CCG's commissioning teams, CCG Pharmacy teams, Pharmaceutical Industry Professionals and Other suitably qualified and interested individuals.

The MSc Health Economics course is the only one of its title that is accessible online, and is not offered by any other institution. On completion of the course, you will be able to demonstrate:

An applied understanding of how established techniques of research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in an appropriate clinical setting.
An in-depth knowledge and understanding of the discipline informed by current scholarship and research.
Advanced level critical skills designed to deal with complex problems.
Advanced knowledge and competence in Health Economics.

Course Structure

Research Methodologies and Critical Appraisal in Health Economics for healthcare decision making
Professional Project: Applied Health Economics for healthcare decision making

Teaching Methods

Module 1: Research Methodologies and Critical Appraisal - MSc teaching methods for this module are similar to the PG Diploma course modules, however it is run over 12 weeks.
Module 2: Professional Project - To produce the professional project, students continue to use the online course; however much of the work is self-directed.

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The MSc Specialist Community Public Health Nursing course gives you the opportunity to develop and demonstrate knowledge, understanding and skills in public health nursing. Read more

About the course

The MSc Specialist Community Public Health Nursing course gives you the opportunity to develop and demonstrate knowledge, understanding and skills in public health nursing. It is designed to support professionals to establish skills and strategies necessary to promote health and well-being in partnership with individuals and groups in a variety of community settings.

The MSc Specialist Community Public Health Nursing course is suitable for all registered nurses who want to achieve registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council as a Specialist Community Public Health Nurse.

The course is suitable for all registered nurses who want to achieve registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council as a Specialist Community Public Health Nurse. To gain access to this course you need first to secure a secondment/sponsorship from a healthcare employer. You cannot apply directly to this course yourself.

To find sponsorship/secondment opportunities in healthcare organisations please visit the NHS jobs website

If you choose to fund your own studies you are required to find a primary care organisation for practice experience at your own.

During the course you will evaluate the current organisational and professional agendas that influence care delivery in primary healthcare and community settings. The modules that you study place emphasis on the development of leadership and management skills so that when you graduate you will be able to provide effective leadership within a mixed skill team and multi-agency work setting as well as to work proactively in a commissioning environment.

The MSc Specialist Community Public Health Nursing course gives you the opportunity to gain specialist skills in two areas of community public health nursing: health visiting and school nursing.

You will combine on campus learning at the University with hands one experience at a practice environment, with an equal allocation of practice and theory hours. Teaching takes place in specialist groups and, in some modules, learning is shared with other nursing students.

Below is a list of modules and credits that you could choose to study:
- Consolidating public health practice* (15 credits)

- Leadership and management (15 credits)

- Partnership working with families for health and wellbeing (15 credits)

- Promoting child and family health and well-being (15 credits)

- Public health: Policy, principles and practice (15 credits)

- Research and evidence-based public health practice (15 credits)

- Universal public health practice* (15 credits)

- Working with families in complex and challenging situations (15 credits)

See the website http://www.herts.ac.uk/courses/specialist-community-public-health-nursing

Why choose this course?

- The MSc Specialist Community Public Health Nursing course is designed to support professionals to establish skills and strategies necessary to promote health and well-being in partnership with individuals and groups in a variety of community settings

- It is suitable for all registered nurses who want to achieve registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council as a Specialist Community Public Health Nurse

- You can specialise in two areas of community public health nursing: health visiting and school nursing

- It combines on campus learning at the University with hands one experience at a practice environment, with an equal allocation of practice and theory hours

Teaching methods

You'll experience a wide variety of learning styles on the MSc Specialist Community Public Health Nursing course. During your studies you'll develop your capacity for self-directed study and your interpersonal skills.

We particularly emphasise the importance of structured research: well-prepared written and verbal presentations and computer literacy. Alongside elements of standard lectures, seminars, tutorials and laboratories, you also learn through case studies, individual and group projects and other student centred activities.

In your final year you will normally have the opportunity to practice your independent study skills by completing a Major project or dissertation.

You will develop your capacity for independent study and interpersonal skills on this programme. There is an emphasis on structured research, well-prepared written and verbal presentations and computer literacy.

Professional Accreditations

The MSc Specialist Community and Public Health Nursing course leads to entry on the NMC register as a Specialist Community Public Health Nurse in health visiting or school nursing.

Graduates also achieve the V100 prescribing qualification, where local arrangements allow this.

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This distance learning programme is designed to enhance your ability to practice as an expert clinician, adviser and leader/manager within your own particular area of expertise. Read more
This distance learning programme is designed to enhance your ability to practice as an expert clinician, adviser and leader/manager within your own particular area of expertise.

The focus is on providing a critical understanding of frameworks for primary health care and health promotion, epidemiology and the ethical principles underpinning practice. The programme will be particularly relevant to general practitioners, community healthcare nurses/health visitors, community pharmacists, practice managers, professionals allied to medicine, social workers, and researchers in primary care or public health.

The programme is one of few that allows practitioners to develop an in-depth understanding of the developments in primary care globally putting them into context locally, whilst developing research expertise under the guidance of expert researchers and scholars

Modules:
• Advanced research methods
• Commissioning, leadership and management
• Evidence informed healthcare
• Knowledge and decision making for practice

Optional:
• Contemporary issues in general practice
• Contemporary issues in primary care
• General practice special interest module
• Promoting public health

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This course is delivered by the Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) Northwest London, specialists in improvement science and is designed for experienced qualified healthcare staff, working both in the UK and internationally. Read more
This course is delivered by the Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) Northwest London, specialists in improvement science and is designed for experienced qualified healthcare staff, working both in the UK and internationally.

The CLAHRC delivered course focuses on:
• Understanding care from the perspective of patients and carers through engaging patients and members of the community with the design and development of care
• Bringing research more rapidly into everyday practice, utilising rapid-cycle research, improvement methodologies and rigorous evaluation of clinical and cost effectiveness
• Adopting an industrial standard of quality in the NHS through utilising information to drive evidence based implementation and support evidence based practice
• Increasing staff capacity to implement change and improvements across professional and organisational boundarie
As such the course will enable you to meet the Quality, Innovation, Productivity and Prevention (QIPP) and Commissioning for Quality and Innovation (CQUIN) agendas, within your organisation.

Course detail

This is a part-time course and you will generally study 3 modules a year. The start dates of the modules will be spread over the academic year to support your achievement, as we recognise you will be working full-time, alongside studying for this award.

Modules

The modules will provide you with the skills, competence and underpinning knowledge to be truly effective in your role and build your capability to apply the latest improvement models and tools to your work:

- The Policy Environment
- Leading and Sustaining Improvement
- Engaging others in Improvement
- 40 credits of option modules focusing on current issues of organisational and/or professional relevance.
- Evidence based Improvement Methods
- Improvement Project.

How to apply

Click the following link for information on how to apply to this course: http://www.uwl.ac.uk/students/postgraduate/how-apply

Scholarships and bursaries

Information about scholarships and bursaries can be found here: http://www.uwl.ac.uk/students/postgraduate/scholarships-and-bursaries

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Key Facts. This is a well-established and highly-regarded course that covers all areas of the ‘UK National Standards for Practice in Public Health’ agenda, with a particular focus on the social & interpersonal aspects of health. Read more
Key Facts:
This is a well-established and highly-regarded course that covers all areas of the ‘UK National Standards for Practice in Public Health’ agenda, with a particular focus on the social & interpersonal aspects of health. The course will enable you to strengthen your ability to work at an advanced level within the field of health promotion and public health as part of a multi professional team. It incorporates the National Occupational Standards for Public Health and will enable you to meet the expectations of the Public Health competency framework. You will develop a broad range of competencies alongside a mastery of your chosen health promotion /public health field.

Course overview:
The course is relevant to a wide range of workers, irrespective of job title, from various sectors (not necessarily restricted to healthcare). Each intake typically comprises of some people working in Health Promotion/Public Health Specialist roles, some healthcare workers seeking to move into more health promoting or disease preventing roles, practitioners from other parts of the statutory or voluntary sector and, occasionally, students straight from their degree. The course aims to develop confident and effective practitioners who have the knowledge and skills to commission, implement, manage and evaluate programmes that promote the public’s health.

The course provides:
• A platform for individual portfolio development aimed at registration with the UK Voluntary Register for public health specialists
• An opportunity for students to strengthen their ability to work at improving population health (as opposed to managing illnesses) at a more advanced level
• An opportunity to study alongside a range of health professionals, enriching the learning experience
• The skills and understanding to enable students to enhance or change their roles to include a greater health development focus.

Assessment:
Modules are continually assessed by a variety of means including essays, reports, reflective diaries and presentations.

Further study:
This is a well-established postgraduate course, particularly well-regarded by students for the support given by tutors. Following completion of the MSc you can progress your studies to doctoral level by PhD or Professional Doctorate.

Employability:
There is no single career pathway. The course benefits from attracting students from a range of backgrounds and, in turn, prepares people to go on to work in a wide range of areas (e.g. working directly with communities or individuals in the public, policy work, research, campaigns or management). Past graduates include a number of people now working in prominent roles regionally and nationally such as; National Mental Health Promotion Lead, Regional Commissioning Manager, Consultant in Public Health and Director of Public Health.

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Specialise in improving the health and wellbeing of children, family and populations. Combining theory and practice, our course will prepare you for part three Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) registration on completion. Read more
Specialise in improving the health and wellbeing of children, family and populations. Combining theory and practice, our course will prepare you for part three Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) registration on completion.

See the website http://www.anglia.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/specialist-community-public-health-nursing-health-visiting-or-school-nursing

Take your nursing or midwifery qualifications a step further with our challenging public health course. It leads to a Postgraduate Diploma that you can then ‘top up’ to a Masters Degree.

You’ll learn through a structured series of taught modules, which are interspersed with high-quality placements guided by experienced practice teachers.

The curriculum covers the theory and practicalities of working with children and families, as well as wider public health challenges such as critical policy review and strategic leadership & commissioning.

You can also expand your nursing responsibilities with the Nurse Prescribing module. On completing the course you can register to prescribe from the community practitioners’ formulary.

Theory: one to two days per week, 9am–4pm; practice: one to three days per week, 9am–5pm.

See the website http://www.anglia.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/specialist-community-public-health-nursing-health-visiting-or-school-nursing

Careers

You’ll be qualified to work as a Specialist Community Public Health Nurse, with skills that are also applicable to other roles in public health, safeguarding or primary care and community agencies.

Work placements

Placements range from one to three days a week, with a final ten-week, five-day-a-week period of consolidated practice at the end.

- Links with industry and professional recognition
Our course is approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

Core modules

Research in Public Health Theory
Leadership, Commissioning and Public Health Practice
Fundamentals of Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Health Visiting or School Nursing)
Enhanced Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Health Visiting or School Nursing)
Critical Policy Review
Consolidated Practice
Community Practitioner Nurse Prescribing - see notes below

In some cases, you will be able to replace the Community Practitioner Nurse Prescribing module with either of the optional modules. You will choose one of the two optional modules below.

Optional modules:
Understanding Contraception and Sexual Health (School Nursing only)
Work-Based Learning

You may be able to replace the Community Practitioner Nurse Prescribing module with one of the two above optional modules. This is only applicable to you if you already have a Nurse Prescribing qualification recorded with the NMC (health visiting students) or if the Nurse Prescribing module is not relevant to your future qualified role (school nursing students). Should this be the case, you will need to get agreement from your organisation and from the university. Modules are subject to change.

Assessment

You’ll be assessed through a variety of methods, including, essays, case studies, a critical incident analysis, competency based portfolio and a critical policy review.

Your faculty

The Faculty of Health, Social Care & Education is the largest provider of health, social care and education courses in the East of England, with over 6,000 students from more than 20 countries.

With 95% of our students finding full-time employment within six months of graduating, you can be sure that our courses have been designed with your career in mind. We’ve been educating nurses, midwives and social workers for over 25 years.

At the cutting edge of research, we offer a range of internationally recognised undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses taught by friendly and experienced staff.

Designed to enhance your learning experience, our facilities include state-of-the-art simulated skills laboratories that mirror real-life clinical situations and UK hospital wards. Our students also benefit from our Early Childhood Research and Resource Centre; a space in which they can experiment with equipment and play activities.

You’ll study in an exciting, modern faculty which has strong links with regional, national and international organisations, including healthcare trusts, schools and academic institutions.

Your enthusiasm. Our passion. Your best foot forward.

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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. Read more
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.

COURSE STRUCTURE

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:

MDM135 Acute Cardiology Principles and Practice (20 credits)
MDM136 Fundamentals of Cardiac Diagnostic Procedures and Investigations (20 credits)
MDM137 Invasive and Interventional Cardiology (20 credits)

PGDip:

PGCert Modules PLUS

MDM10 Research Methods and Critical Appraisal (20 credits)
MDM122 Communication, Learning and Teaching in Health and Social Care (20 credits)

AND

MDM110 Leading and Transforming Services (20 credits)

OR

MDM76 Quality, Safety and Service Improvement in Clinical Services (20 credits)

MSc:

PGDip Modules

PLUS

MDM164 Dissertation (60 credits)

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

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.

PGCERT CARDIOLOGY IN THE COMMUNITY

This course has been designed for professionals working in primary care and community settings.
Teaching focuses on the recognition and management of common cardiovascular conditions with the goal of enhanced delivery of cardiovascular care in community settings and the promotion of the most recent evidence-based care for people with cardiac-related illness.

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Pharmacists can now choose between two routes. - Non-Medical Prescribing multi-professional course for pharmacists in the South West region seeking HESW funded places. Read more
Pharmacists can now choose between two routes:

- Non-Medical Prescribing multi-professional course for pharmacists in the South West region seeking HESW funded places
- The University of Bath uni-professional Pharmacist Prescribing Programme for self-funding and organisationally-funded applicants

To find out more about HESW-funded, self-funded and organisationally-funded places, go to the Funding page.

The Pharmacist Prescribing Programme is designed to help you achieve annotation as an Independent Prescriber. Accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council (http://www.pharmacyregulation.org/), the programme is relevant if you are working in a hospital based role, running clinics or providing a specialist service within your CCG. Bath's retention and pass rates for this programme are exceptional. This has been achieved through the dedication of our learners, supported by relevant, up-to-date materials, outstanding support and excellent face-to-face workshops. We focus on the application of knowledge and clinical skills to your professional setting.

Programme features

- Study at your own pace with minimal time away from work
- Excellent support and learner networks with a user-friendly virtual learning environment
- Increased professional expertise and status with enhanced career prospects
- Complete programme to attain the Practice Certificate in Independent Prescribing
- Gain postgraduate credits that can be used towards a Postgraduate Certificate, Diploma or MSc in Prescribing and Therapeutics or Advanced and Specialist Healthcare Practice

Visit the website http://www.bath.ac.uk/study/pg/programmes/phar-pres-prog/

Pathways

- Prescribing & Therapeutics
- Advanced and Specialist Healthcare Practice

The Pharmacist Prescribing Programme is a single unit programme of 18 credits running over eight months. It contains three discrete parts:

- Prescribing in Context
- Consultation Skills for Prescribing
- Prescribing Effectively

Further information

See the postgraduate programme brochure for more information (http://www.bath.ac.uk/study/pg/programmes/phar-pres-prog/pharmacist-prescribing-course.pdf). Programme descriptions can be found in the University’s online programme catalogue (http://www.bath.ac.uk/catalogues/other.html).

Funding

- Pharmacists in the South West region seeking HESW funded places
In response to specific commissioning requirements from HESW, we have been working in partnership with the University of the West of England (UWE) to develop a new interprofessional Non-Medical Prescribing Programme for a range of the non-medical professions eligible to train as prescribers (including pharmacists, nurses and the allied health profession registrants of the Health and Care Professions Council). This partnership between the University of Bath and UWE is called the South West Non-Medical Prescribing Alliance (http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/whatcanistudy/professionaldevelopment/coursesbysector/health/non-medicalprescribing.aspx).

The first intake of the new interprofessional Non-Medical Prescribing Programme will be in September 2016. Students applying for HESW funded places on this Programme will enrol directly as UWE students.

To apply for a HESW funded place, candidates need to have provided details of their requirement for a place into the ‘demand forecast’ for HESW funded places. The demand forecast process is conducted by UWE. Normally information on the requirement for funded places should be collated and submitted into the demand forecast by the employing organisation, or the local CCG. However, if individuals are in doubt about how to do this (particularly those employed in the General Practice setting), they can contact Emily Haycock at UWE () for more information.

In order to be considered for a HESW funded place, there needs to be a confirmed workforce need from the training organisation (which must be a provider of NHS services/contracted to provide NHS services) for the candidate to become an independent prescriber.

There are additional entry requirements set out by the General Pharmaceutical Council that applicants must meet in order to be considered for a place on the Programme; these can be found in the application documentation. Once candidates have registered their interest for a HESW funded place on the interprofessional Non-Medical Prescribing Programme, UWE will provide them with more information on the application process directly.

- The University of Bath uni-professional Pharmacist Prescribing Programme for self-funding and organisationally-funded applicants

The University of Bath will continue to offer the Pharmacist Prescribing Programme, with workshops held at the University of Bath campus, in order to cater for self-funding candidates and organisationally-funded pharmacists outside of the HESW region (including those who wish to complete an independent prescribing course as part of the University of Bath Postgraduate Diploma).

Candidates for the Pharmacist Prescribing Programme should contact Di Pullin () to register their interest. For full details on how to apply visit http://www.bath.ac.uk/study/pg/programmes/phar-pres-prog/.

The next intake of the Pharmacist Prescribing Programme at the University of Bath is planned for September 2016. The deadline for applications is 15 July 2016.

Our research

Research in our Department is centred around a number of focused areas or themes. To find out more, please see our:
- Departmental research webpages (http://www.bath.ac.uk/pharmacy/research/)

Our research staff and students are also involved in a number of formal Research Centres and networks:

Bath Inflammation/Rheumatology Research Network (BIRD)
Cancer Research at Bath ([email protected])
Centre for Extremophile Research
Centre for Mathematical Biology
Centre for Regenerative Medicine (CRM)
Inter-Departmental Infection and Immunity Network
Neuroscience Network at University of Bath (NNUB)
ReMedDes

Find out about the department here - http://www.bath.ac.uk/pharmacy/

Find out how to apply here - http://www.bath.ac.uk/study/pg/apply/index.html

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