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Workforce planning is recognised as one of the key development areas in health and social care. Effective workforce planning not only benefits good patient care, but can play a key role in helping to meet service and productivity targets by ensuring the right people are in the right jobs at the right time. Read more
Workforce planning is recognised as one of the key development areas in health and social care. Effective workforce planning not only benefits good patient care, but can play a key role in helping to meet service and productivity targets by ensuring the right people are in the right jobs at the right time. The Postgraduate Certificate in Strategic Workforce Planning has been developed in response to the increasing demand for specific training and education of those involved in workforce planning.

Course detail

The Postgraduate Certificate in Strategic Workforce Planning is underpinned by the UK-wide Workforce Planning Competence Framework and Options for Excellence: Building the Social Care Workforce of the Future. The course is taught through a combination of classroom and action learning including:
• workshops
• assignments
• workforce project
• personal development planning
• study skills support.

The course will enable you to:
• Connect and integrate the workforce planning function to service and financial planning.
• Respond to the complex nature of planning required to achieve the plurality of service provision.
• Move the focus away from short-term planning to medium and longer-term strategic planning.
• Provide a consistent approach to equipping organisations with workforce planning skills.
• Raise the profile and improve perceptions of the role of workforce planning among planning colleagues.


• The Context of Strategic Planning
• Workforce Planning for Service Improvement
• Leading Workforce Planning.

Career and study progression

As a result of completing the Postgraduate Certificate in Strategic Workforce Planning, you will have increased workforce planning capability and capacity. The benefits for organisations include:
• gaining the underlying knowledge and skills and the supporting tools and resources for effective strategic workforce planning
• better decision-making
• improving patient, client and user-centred care
• increased confidence in workforce planning for organisations and the Department of Health.

The postgraduate certificate is awarded on successful completion of the modules. The 60 (Level 7) credits gained from this course can be accumulated and transferred to the MSc Strategic Workforce Planning.

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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Modules. The Context of Strategic Planning. Workforce Planning for Service Improvement. Leading Workforce Planning. Module details. Read more

The Context of Strategic Planning
Workforce Planning for Service Improvement
Leading Workforce Planning.
Module details

The Context of Strategic Planning
This module considers the whole strategic service planning process, to help you to place workforce planning in a broader context. Planning only makes sense and has value when it is carried out with others, so active engagement with key stakeholders is an important part of this module.

During this module we will address a range of important issues: the meaning of strategy, stakeholder analysis and contextual analysis, and identifying strategic workforce goals. We also consider how identifying a plan will inevitably trigger organisational change or be a response to it. We look at some of the important concepts to consider when introducing change and how these may affect your plan.

This module:

introduces you to current debates in the areas of health and social care policy, information and knowledge management, strategic planning and service improvement
provides you with updates on relevant policy and strategic initiatives
provides opportunities for you to explore complex planning scenarios and learn from the experiences of planners from the health, social care, voluntary and independent sectors.
Overall, the module will help you define where your region, organisation or service is today, explore the planning and development challenges of tomorrow, and identify a range of strategies to help organisations meet these challenges.


Project (initiation and establishment of strategic goals).
An individual report (scenario analysis and evaluation).
Workforce Planning for Service Improvement
This module draws on a number of interrelated areas in operational management, organisational theory, management theory and data management. Its focus is on the skills and practices managers and leaders need to achieve service improvements through workforce planning in the complex and dynamic environment of health and social care.

This module addresses debates about 'quality' and 'flexibility'. Core to this module is the question 'how can workforce planning genuinely contribute to service improvement in both the long and short-term?'

This module:

explores the contribution of workforce planning to service improvement
broadens your understanding of workforce planning concepts and enables you to review critically the potential of workforce planning to improve outcomes for patients and service users.

Project (analysis of supply and demand; options generation and appraisal).
Individual report (critical evaluation of your planning project).
Leading Workforce Planning
This module explores the notion of leadership and change management. You will assess your own personal strengths and weaknesses as a leader, change agent and developer of others. Using feedback from a range of self-assessment exercises and work-based appraisal, you will craft a personal development plan, and design and test a series of activities to build your strengths and address your weaknesses.

This module:

questions the nature of leadership and begins to define the skills needed to meet the complex aims of modern health and social care providers
explores a range of change management techniques and applies them to workforce planning
critically analyses your own management practice with a view to increasing your leadership capacity and effectiveness
encourages you to reflect on your own practice.

Project: Critical evaluation of leadership styles and change management strategies
Personal development plan.

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Northumbria’s Healthcare Management MSc will equip you with the knowledge, understanding and confidence you need to initiate and sustain real change within the complex and rapidly evolving healthcare landscape. Read more
Northumbria’s Healthcare Management MSc will equip you with the knowledge, understanding and confidence you need to initiate and sustain real change within the complex and rapidly evolving healthcare landscape.

The course is designed to address global needs within the healthcare sector for committed personnel with strong management competencies. You will learn as part of a multicultural student cohort, from academics who have extensive experience in practice. This will give you access to new perspectives on healthcare, which will inform your future professional practice.

You will study modules in Strategic Management of Healthcare, Leadership & Collaborative Working in Public Health, Managing Health Improvement Through Social Marketing, and Research Approaches, Methods and Skills. You will supplement your understanding of these core topics with an in-depth research project in an area of professional interest.

Three course delivery options are available to fit with your professional and personal needs:
This intensive 12-month full-time programme which begins in September.

An 18-month full-time programme that commences in January: https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/study-at-northumbria/courses/msc-healthcare-management-dtfhsx6/

And a part-time programme over 28 months that begins in September: https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/study-at-northumbria/courses/healthcare-management-dtphmz6/

Learn From The Best

The MSc Healthcare Management course is taught by a team of lecturers who boast extensive experience and knowledge of a variety of health management roles. This knowledge is integrated into all aspects of their teaching to ensure that all topics covered within this course are relevant to the workplace and the wider healthcare industry.

The staff will be there to support you through every step of your course, ensuring you leave with confidence and understanding of all aspects of this challenging and rapidly evolving sector.

The content and teaching methods utilised on this course have been designed to meet the requirements of both home and international students, and we have a vast network of support available should English not be your first language. Northumbria was ranked 3rd in the UK (2015) for satisfaction levels in the International Student Barometer survey.

Teaching And Assessment

Learning and teaching strategies include lectures, seminars, workshops, group activities, tutorials, discussions and self-directed learning. You will be active in the learning process and develop as a critically reflective individual.

Formative assessment will be used throughout the course to provide opportunities for feedback and development, within a supportive peer environment. Summative assessments include a report, an essay, an exam, an oral presentation and a poster presentation, in which you will be able to focus on an area of personal interest.

You will also complete a final dissertation on a topic of your choice, under the close guidance of your allocated supervisor.

Module Overview
AC0778 - Research: Approaches, Methods and skills (Core, 30 Credits)
AC0779 - Strategic Management of Healthcare (Core, 30 Credits)
AC0780 - Leadership and Collaborative Working in Public Health and Healthcare (Core, 30 Credits)
AC0781 - Managing Health Improvement through Social Marketing (Core, 30 Credits)
PP0723 - Project Feasibility Study Dissertation (NotDefined, 60 Credits)
PP0727 - Empirical Project (NotDefined, 60 Credits)
PP0728 - Practice Project (NotDefined, 60 Credits)
PP0729 - Systematic Appraisal (NotDefined, 60 Credits)

Learning Environment

This course is based at our Coach Lane Campus, where our facilities are some of the most advanced in the country. They allow us to ensure your learning evolves in line with the latest developments in the industry.

Technology is embedded throughout all aspects of your degree. You will receive ongoing support through our innovative e-learning platform, Blackboard, where you can access module handbooks, assessment information, lecture presentation slides, reading lists and collaborative working opportunities. Key lectures will also be recorded to allow you to listen again.

If English is not your first language you will also have access to the English for Specific Academic Purposes (ESAP) programme to help you develop your English language, academic writing and study skills.

Research-Rich Learning

Being part of the MSc Healthcare Management course will mean you are learning from a team of research-active professionals who are passionate about healthcare and their individual areas of specialism.

Staff will use their own research as the basis for some module sessions, and you will actively engage with contemporary research across the sector.

You will develop your own research methodologies and skills through the dissertation module. The dissertation will be an opportunity to demonstrate your independence, creativity and unique contribution to healthcare knowledge practice and/or policy.

Northumbria University has been ranked in the top quartile in the UK for research power in Allied Health Sciences and Nursing. Additionally, more than 80% of our research activity in Allied Health Sciences and Nursing is rated as world-leading or internationally excellent (REF 2014).

Give Your Career An Edge

You will leave this course equipped with advanced understanding and skills in strategic healthcare management, change management, managing health improvement through social marketing, and leadership and collaborative working in health. Most of the modules give you scope to focus on your particular discipline interests, giving you a distinct advantage when progressing to professional employment.

To further enhance your employment prospects you will be actively encouraged to undertake relevant volunteering opportunities, and to attend local and national events. These elements will provide you with invaluable opportunities to meet practitioners and experts within the field of healthcare management.

For international students there may be a practice learning opportunity available, to give you a brief insight into healthcare management in the UK.

Your Future

This MSc will equip you for employment in healthcare management across public or government services, voluntary organisations, non-governmental organisations and private organisations globally.

Further study options are available should you wish to progress your studies to PhD level, and graduates may also wish to pursue careers within teaching or research.

To further enhance your future opportunities we offer ongoing career development support in the form of career guidance, CV advice, portfolio building and interview preparation. You will also develop valuable skills for high level employment including initiative, personal responsibility, problem solving, team working and planning.

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If you are a therapeutic radiographer, dosimetrist or other healthcare professional working in radiotherapy and oncology, this course can help you develop your knowledge of radiotherapy planning. Read more
If you are a therapeutic radiographer, dosimetrist or other healthcare professional working in radiotherapy and oncology, this course can help you develop your knowledge of radiotherapy planning. It’s a highly focused course that gives you a thorough understanding of the key practices surrounding simulating and evaluating radiation doses for radiotherapy.

You gain an in-depth understanding of current and future radiotherapy planning issues and, crucially, develop the ability to apply critical thinking skills to practice. You gain general critical thinking and literature skills as well as more specific planning theory and plan evaluation skills.

Your studies cover core modules involving fundamental planning theories, plan evaluation, advanced planning and image guided radiotherapy. We also introduce you to research skills, which you use to produce a final dissertation.

The course is delivered using our virtual learning environment, known as Blackboard. You don't need to attend the university and you can study via the web in your own time, which means you can fit the course around your clinical work. The web-based learning materials are designed to help improve your radiotherapy knowledge, as well as share experiences with other students through our e-based discussion forum. If you are not confident with computers, help and support is available.

For some modules there is a requirement to produce a plan for the course and you must have access to a clinical radiotherapy planning environment. This helps support the demands of your postgraduate work.

You may be eligible to apply for accreditation of work-based projects and prior certificated learning, which will count towards your final award.

For more information, see the website: https://www.shu.ac.uk/study-here/find-a-course/mscpgdippgcert-radiotherapy-planning

Study individual modules

You can study individual modules from our courses and gain academic credit towards a qualification. Visit our continuing professional development website for detailed information about the modules we offer.

Professional recognition

This course is accredited by the College of Radiographers.

Course structure

Distance learning – typically 3 years. Starts September and January.

Course structure
The Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert) is achieved by successfully completing 60 credits.
The Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) is achieved by successfully completing 120 credits.
The Masters (MSc) award is achieved by successfully completing 180 credits.

Postgraduate Certificate core modules
-Fundamentals of radiotherapy planning (30 credits)
-Image guided radiotherapy (15 credits)
-Plus a further 15 credits from the optional modules list below.

Postgraduate Diploma core modules
-Advanced radiotherapy planning (30 credits)
-Research methods for practice (15 credits)
-Plus a further 15 credits from optional module list below.

-Dissertation (60 credits)

Optional modules
-Personalised study module or work-based learning for service development (15 credits)
-Technical advances in radiotherapy (15 credits)
-Breast cancer radiotherapy (15 credits)
-Prostate cancer (15 credits)
-Head and neck cancer (15 credits)
-Expert practice (30 credits)
-Brachytherapy: principles to practice (15 credits)
-Fundamentals of radiotherapy and oncology practice (15 credits)

We use various assessment methods, supporting the development of both your academic and professional skills. Short online activities are used to promote engagement with the distance learning materials, provide support for the final assignment and facilitate online discussion with fellow peers. Other methods of assessment include: essays; business cases or journal article; project and research work; poster and PowerPoint presentation; case studies; service improvement proposal and plans; critical evaluations; profiles of evidence; planning portfolio.

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Chelmsford. The healthcare sector everywhere is dynamic and it is under relentless pressure. The demand for quality healthcare is increasing as the rapid advances in treatments and information technologies magnify the expectations of both patients and healthcare professionals. Read more




The healthcare sector everywhere is dynamic and it is under relentless pressure. The demand for quality healthcare is increasing as the rapid advances in treatments and information technologies magnify the expectations of both patients and healthcare professionals. At the same time resources are limited as governments trim down their healthcare budgets. Dealing with this complex and often threatening environment requires highly skilled healthcare leaders and managers. These skills now include management of human and financial resources, leadership, strategic planning and organisational design, an ability to manage complex change, and organisational decision making.
The course provides opportunities for you to develop these skills whilst enhancing the students' capacity to analyse and understand the complex nature of healthcare and the environments in which they are delivered from. The course will provide you with the opportunity to learn the most up-to-date theories to improve the performance of healthcare sector.

Core Modules

Advancing Professional Decision Making
Enabling Leadership in Health and Social Care
Finance, Accounting and Marketing in Health Care
Strategy Health Care Management
Research Studies
Major Project
Please note that you will need to complete all of the above core modules. This course does not have any optional modules. Modules are subject to change and availability.
Download our Module Delivery Pattern document (PDF) from our university website for information on when the modules are being delivered.

Start date

January 2017

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Healthcare organisations are asking more and more from their leaders and managers in order to be able to meet the demands of an increasingly complex healthcare context. Read more
Healthcare organisations are asking more and more from their leaders and managers in order to be able to meet the demands of an increasingly complex healthcare context. The MBA in Leadership and Management in Healthcare has been designed for experienced managers and leaders working in the field of health within the public, private and independent sectors in the UK and abroad.

Canterbury Christ Church University has an established reputation as a provider of choice for both bespoke and pre­validated management and leadership programmes. We design courses that add value in the workplace by tailoring them to meet client needs within their context.

Visit the website: https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/courses/postgraduate/healthcare-leadership-and-management.aspx

Course detail

The MBA in Leadership and Management in Healthcare engages participants through experiential and practical learning, reinforced by theoretical models and real scenarios. We work with participants to transfer learning back into the workplace through personal development plans, project work and enable the application of meaningful action plans to follow up the course.

In short, we design these courses to meet the real and important needs of current Health organisations with the aim of almost immediate payback on their investment in their people.

The MBA is delivered through a partnership between the Business School and the Faculty of Health. Staff from the Business School combine excellence in their academic disciplines with considerable business experience and active research in both the public and private sectors. The Faculty of Health is a leading provider of health education in Kent with a particular focus on interprofessional teaching, learning and research. It offers a forward thinking, innovative and flexible approach to teaching, learning and research. Each year, over 3,000 students join our thriving and supportive community to participate in courses and research that impact on regional, national and international health and social care services.


The programme is aimed at Healthcare professionals, these can be clinicians, specialist or managers who are looking to enhance their qualifications and knowledge base. This often includes those who have been given, or are going to be given, responsibility for other staff and often for budgets too. This MBA is specially aimed at those with leadership and managerial roles within the health service. Previous students have included among others senior nurses, specialist nurses, commissioners, doctors, pharmacists, ward managers, radiographers and matrons.


The programme is comprised of six main modules, these being:

• Strategy
• Business Planning
• Leading and Managing Change
• Leadership for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
• Transforming Healthcare Quality through Evaluating Outcomes
• Marketing and Service Management
• Research and Critical Enquiry Methods


The programme contains a mixture of interactive class based sessions, case studies, presentations and guest speakers.


Progress is assessed on an on­going basis, through assessments including written reports, group and individual presentations, and on­line submissions.

In total 180 Level 7 credits are required for the MBA, this includes the final dissertation.

Assessment is via coursework.

What can I do next?

As well as enhancing your professional practice, business and leadership skills, you will develop a rich understanding of existing and innovative practice in your chosen field.

How to apply

For information on how to apply, please follow this link: https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/how-to-apply/how-to-apply.aspx


-Masters Loans-

From 2016/17 government loans of up to £10,000 are available for postgraduate Masters study. The loans will be paid directly to students by the Student Loans Company and will be subject to both personal and course eligibility criteria.

For more information available here: https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/funding-your-degree/funding-your-postgraduate-degree.aspx

-2017/18 Entry Financial Support-

Information on alternative funding sources is available here: https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/funding-your-degree/2017-18-entry-financial-support.aspx

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Loughborough University’s Healthcare Management and Governance programme is a unique and exciting new initiative. Read more
Loughborough University’s Healthcare Management and Governance programme is a unique and exciting new initiative. In recent years healthcare has seen both a plethora of sometimes bewildering initiatives and guidance, and a catalogue of organisational deficiencies and challenges attributable to poor management and governance.

See the website http://www.lboro.ac.uk/departments/sbe/executive-education/programmes/accredited/hmg/

This programme was conceived to equip board members, senior managers and health professionals with the knowledge, skills and qualifications necessary to help their organisations enhance and assure organisational performance and accountability.

The Healthcare Management and Governance programme will appeal to a wide audience, including:
- Board Chairmen
- Chief Executives
- Executive Directors
- Non- Executive Directors
- Company Secretaries
- Senior managers and clinicians who support boards/healthcare organisations in any aspect of governance, risk or performance management
- Internal auditors
- External auditors and inspectors
- Anyone with the appropriate qualifications and enthusiasm who aspires to any of the above

The programme aims to:
- Provide a current view of management and governance in healthcare encompassing both organisational issues and specialist areas.
- Develop skills in the integration of management processes into strategic and operational planning for the provision of a high quality health service;
- Develop participants' knowledge, increase job competencies and develop professional potential.


There are three levels of qualification, each leading to the next – Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma and MSc.

Core Modules:
All students irrespective of their qualification aim will study the following modules:
- What is resilience
- Risk Management
- Leadership and Management
- Financial Management

Modules for Diploma Students:
Students progressing from the Certificate study the following additional modules:
- Performance and Strategic Management
- Governance in Healthcare
- Knowledge Management and Information Systems
- Health and Societal Resilience in Context

Modules for MSc Students:
Students progressing from the Diploma study the following additional module:
- Masters Research Project

Structure and Delivery

Each module requires that students attend a residential course at Loughborough University, in addition to home study. Each module includes, where relevant, both UK and international case studies.

The programme runs over 12 months to 36 months depending on the qualification. The individual modules are delivered in block format. As opposed to the usual style of university courses which are two or three hours of contact time per week over a ten week term, these modules are delivered in blocks of four full working days of contact time with guided study, tutor contact, and deliverables rounding off the module.

The programme has a wide array of assessment methods, to allow students to highlight the best of their abilities.

There is ample high quality accommodation owned by the university to allow those enrolled in these modules a comfortable business environment and excellent leisure facilities to enjoy their time at Loughborough.

Find out how to apply here http://www.lboro.ac.uk/departments/sbe/executive-education/apply/

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The MA Healthcare Practice is the programme for you if you have a postgraduate diploma, or 120 credits at level 7 and would like to convert this to a Masters. Read more
The MA Healthcare Practice is the programme for you if you have a postgraduate diploma, or 120 credits at level 7 and would like to convert this to a Masters.

This is a top up degree comprising of two modules, which will give you confidence in appraising and designing research, and support you in carrying out research relevant to your working life. Studying this programme will make you more marketable to employers who are increasingly looking for people competent in research skills, and able to deliver evidence based practice.

You will be able to build on existing postgraduate skills and knowledge and increase your confidence in research and appraisal of literature. You will have the opportunity to further develop your leadership skills, your academic rigour and your ability to link research to practice. Students will be supported to synthesise and critically appraise healthcare research and carry out an independent research-based study through devising and presenting a proposal for a change project.

The aims of the programme are:

- To enable students to apply their acquired post-graduate skills to the further study of their field of healthcare practice

- To encourage scholarship and autonomy by building independent thinkers who understand the link between their academic discipline in the classroom and the post-study world

- To nurture creativity and enterprise by developing effective communicators who are technologically confident and competent when encountering unfamiliar situations

- To further develop students' knowledge and expertise of different research methods, awareness of ethical issues and their application to research in healthcare

- To further enhance students' ability to work independently and extend their ability to carry out an independent research based study through writing a proposal for change project

Visit the website http://www2.gre.ac.uk/study/courses/pg/hsc/healthcare-practice,-ma

Health and Social Care

With over 20 years’ experience as a trusted provider of health and social care training and education, we are committed to providing our students with the knowledge and skills to become valued members of the community and to the continuing professional development of qualified professionals.

We are at the forefront of research and innovation in the field of health and social care and our teaching staff have both practical know-how and academic expertise.

Fees and finance

Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

Find out more about our fees and the support available to you at our:
- Postgraduate finance pages (http://www.gre.ac.uk/finance/pg)
- International students' finance pages (http://www.gre.ac.uk/finance/international)


You will be assessed through a 10,000 word dissertation taking the form of an extended critical review, an independent audit, or a workbased project, and an initial creation of a presentation critically analysing the proposal for your dissertation project.

Career options

On completion of this programme you will have furthered your ability to synthesise reflective skills and critical enquiry. This will support you in management and leadership positions as well as any research focused role in practice. It will also support your professional development towards an academic career.

Find out how to apply here - http://www2.gre.ac.uk/study/apply

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The Postgraduate Certificate in Healthcare Science Management is a 60 credit course studied at M level, comprising four 15 credit modules. Read more
The Postgraduate Certificate in Healthcare Science Management is a 60 credit course studied at M level, comprising four 15 credit modules. It aims to provide you with skills and framework needed for laboratory and other healthcare scientists to step into supervisory and/or management roles within healthcare science. The course begins with an introduction to leadership and management covering the core principles and including some financial and business case planning. Quality management is the focus of the second module with discussion focused on standards, providing quality service, audit and assessment, health and safety, critical incident management. The management of training and learning within healthcare science environments is the focus of the third module, examining theories of learning in the workplace, competencies and advanced training. An exciting and innovative feature of this award is the Negotiated Study module which enables you to determine specific learning objectives and embark upon learning activities to meet these objectives. It provides an opportunity to achieve personal learning objectives as part of your professional career plan and specific to your work role.

Course content

Each module is delivered in a nine week teaching block and comprises three face-to-face workshop days and weekly online learning activities. Workshop dates are available at the start of the course and on request. You will experience a variety of teaching and learning methods in the workshops and online, such as tutor led sections, interactive exercises, group discussions, live online meetings, reflection and feedback. Opportunities to establish networks of professionals will be encouraged. Use of a computer with internet access is essential for study on this course.

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This module is an option module for. MSc /Post Graduate Diploma in Health & Social Care Management The aim of this module is. -To provide students with the opportunity to develop critical skills and knowledge in strategic business and service planning. Read more
This module is an option module for: MSc /Post Graduate Diploma in Health & Social Care Management The aim of this module is :
-To provide students with the opportunity to develop critical skills and knowledge in strategic business and service planning.
-To provide students with the opportunity to explore and analyse different approaches and techniques used in strategic business and service planning.

The learning outcomes for the module are to enable the student to:
-Critically analyse different theories and approaches used in strategic business and service planning in health and social care
-Critically analyse and evaluate tools and techniques used to develop and implement strategic and business plans
-Critically apply a range of theories and tools used in strategic business and service planning
-Critically discuss the current environment in health and social care and analyse the implications for strategic business and service planning

Why Bradford?

At the Faculty of Health Studies, University of Bradford, you can choose to study for individual modules, a named award or build module credits through the SSPRD Framework for Flexible Learning to achieve an award relevant to your professional needs.

The Framework for Flexible Learning in Health and Social Care is a Faculty-wide academic structure for Specialist Skills and Post-Registration Development. It offers students increased flexibility and choice in the modules and courses that can be undertaken and it is also responsive to employer needs. The flexibility also allows you to move from one award to another if your career changes or you take time out from regular studying. Shared teaching and research expertise from across the Faculty is offered through interdisciplinary teaching across our core research modules.

The Faculty of Health Studies is regionally, nationally and internationally recognised for its teaching and research, and works with a number of healthcare partners to ensure clinical excellence.


This module is provided as part of this interdisciplinary Framework within the Faculty of Health Studies. The Framework enables students to create an individualised programme of study that will meet either their needs and/or the employers’ needs for a changing diverse workforce within a modern organisation.

The modules and academic awards are presented in areas representing employment practice or work based or clinical disciplines.

Whilst some students can build their own academic awards by choosing their own menu of module options, other students will opt for a named academic award. The Framework also provides the option for students to move from their chosen named award to another award if their job or personal circumstances change and they need to alter the focus of their studies. The majority of named awards also offer students, the option of choosing at least one module, sometimes more, from across the Faculty module catalogue enabling them to shape their award more specifically to their needs.

Career support and prospects

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.

The module sits within programmes designed to meet the needs of existing (middle or senior) or aspiring managers in health or social care organisations, social enterprises and the voluntary or independent sector who wish to develop strategic management skills.

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This course will equip you with the range of basic skills necessary to undertake research and audit activities within the healthcare sector. Read more
This course will equip you with the range of basic skills necessary to undertake research and audit activities within the healthcare sector. The programme has been specifically designed to address this vital educational need.

You can choose to study on either a part-time or full-time basis.

Why study Clinical Audit and Research for Healthcare at Dundee?

In recent years there has been a rapid growth in clinical audit and research to evaluate treatment interventions and improvement in patient care and any associated cost benefits. This has led to an increasing number of healthcare professionals being exposed, often for the first time, to clinical audit and research methods. This rapid growth has been recognised here at the Department of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery, which has an active and expanding Clinical Audit and Research Unit.

The Clinical Audit & Research Unit is a joint venture between Industry, Dundee Teaching Hospitals Trust and the University of Dundee. It is involved in a number of clinical audit projects relating to orthopaedics and provides clinical and statistical expertise in audit of process, project planning, data processing and trial control mechanisms.

The combination of expertise in postgraduate education delivered by open learning methods, coupled with an active research environment, has enabled us to develop a programme specifically tailored to deliver the skills needed by the healthcare profession to successfully undertake research and audit.

What you will study

Research and the Scientific Method
Information Gathering and Review
Descriptive Statistics
Statistical Inference
Non-parametric Statistical Inference
Reporting & Presentation
Implementing Clinical Audit
Funding Issues
Ethical Issues

Teaching & Assessment

This course is taught by staff from the department of Orthopaedic & Trauma Surgery based in the School of Medicine.

The programme consists of nine learning units. These units may be studied individually so that you can choose to study the units you wish. Each unit requires approximately 100 notational hours of study.

If you successfully complete all the unit assignments, you will be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate by the University of Dundee. You will be able to use this to demonstrate that you have undertaken the programme successfully.

How you will be taught

Learning Materials:
The programme is supplied in a presentation folder containing a student handbook and the nine units. The student handbook provides information about the structure, recommended reference materials and the tutor support system. For every unit there is a study guide that explains the objectives of that unit (what you will have learned by the end of the unit) and leads you through the learning material, section by section, using text, illustrations, activities, exercises and references to the recommended textbooks.

You monitor your own progress through the unit by completing the self-assessment questions, which are placed at regular intervals throughout the text, and checking your answers against those provided in the study guide. When you need to discuss any aspects of your study, you may contact your tutor for support.

Tutor Support:
When you need to discuss any aspects of your study, you may contact your tutor for support. Your tutor is available for direct contact by telephone at set times during the week, as specified in the module guide for each module. A telephone answering service is available after office hourse and you may also contact your tutor by email, post or fax. Tutor support is available for each module for a maximum period of three-months from the date you start the module.

How you will be assessed

Formative assessment consists of self-assessment questions in the Study Guides. Summative assessment consists of a tutor-marked assignment at the end of each module. The exact nature of each assignment is designed to reflect the aim of the module. To qualify for the Certificate students will need to complete and pass the assignments in all nine modules undertaken.


This course is aimed at those who are already on an established career path and will improve opportunities for career progression and development.

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- https://www.kent.ac.uk/locations/medway/. Advanced and Specialist Healthcare (Applied Dental Professional Practice) MSc is a flexible, transdisciplinary, postgraduate programme designed for dental professionals who wish to develop their academic skills alongside their professional role. Read more

This course will be held at the Medway Campus

- https://www.kent.ac.uk/locations/medway/

Advanced and Specialist Healthcare (Applied Dental Professional Practice) MSc is a flexible, transdisciplinary, postgraduate programme designed for dental professionals who wish to develop their academic skills alongside their professional role.

Exploring a specific area of your profession you will consider the professional challenges associated with your practice and develop academic skills. You will gain the opportunities to analyse the current debates relating to key issues relevant to the professional dental context in which you are working and develop academic and professional skills necessary to meet the evolving needs of patient care of contemporary practice.

Studying within the Centre for Professional Practice, you will benefit from a transdisciplinary learning environment; access to University resources and specialist academic and clinical staff.

Visit the website https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/215/advanced-and-specialist-healthcare-applied-dental-professional-practice

The Centre for Professional Practice (CPP)

The Centre for Professional Practice is a trans-disciplinary academic department focused on flexible work-related learning within higher education. The Centre is founded on the belief that employers can benefit from the University of Kent’s academic and research excellence, quality teaching, design and development activities to create positive change and to forge new knowledge within their organisation.

We work with a wide range of external partners and employers to create distinct and original work-based and work-related developmental and educational solutions, which respond to the unique workforce challenges experienced by employees and organisations across the region and beyond.

The Centre’s programmes are designed to enhance career progression and foster intellectual and professional development and practice.

Course structure

This flexible programme has been designed to encourage you to think more deeply about the challenges associated with your professional practice while enabling you to tailor your degree to your particular interests and career aspirations.


The following modules are indicative of those offered on this programme. This list is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year.

You take the following core modules:

- Evidence-Based Practice (15 credits)
- Inter-Professional Working (15 credits)
- Research Methods (15 credits)
- Dissertation (60 credits)

You then take modules specific to the Applied Dental Professional Practice pathway including:

- Professional Standard Setting (30 credits)
- Dentistry in a Contemporary Context (15 credits)

In Stage 2 you are given the opportunity to choose an optional module from the Centre for Professional Practice module catalogue including:

- Developing Practice through Mentorship and Coaching (30 credits)
- Advancing Dental Professional Practice (30 credits)
- Power Dynamics within Professional Practice (30 credits)
- Learning and Development (30 credits)
- Addressing Barriers to Learning (15 credits)
- A Thinking School: Transforming Learning (30 credits)
- Quantitative Research Methods Applied to Professional Practice (15 credits)
- Qualitative Research Methods Applied to Professional Practice (15 credits)
- Special Area of Study (30 credits)

Or you can select optional modules from the wider University catalogue with the possibility of studying on the main Canterbury campus.

Taught sessions are delivered in a welcoming, supportive and flexible academic environment, by an academic team with extensive professional practitioner experience. They are experienced in delivering work-related programmes and understand the constraints of balancing a career with the demands of higher education.


You will be asked to undertake preparatory reading and tasks, carry out work-based investigations and participant-led presentations. All assessment tasks are designed to allow you to develop expertise in the application of dental professional practice within the context of your work and subject interest.

Assessment is through:

- oral presentations
- written assignments
- portfolio assessments
- action learning sets

In addition, in Stage 3 you complete a dissertation of 10,000-12,000 words.

Research areas

Kent’s excellent performance in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) confirmed our position as one of the UK’s leading universities: our 19 academic schools were found to be engaged in research of international and world-class standing. With programmes of study that are informed by research, our students are able to develop skills and knowledge relevant to contemporary issues.

Current research areas include:

- experiential learning
- reflective practice
- communities of practice
- dental education
- professionalisation
- primary dental care.

Programme aims

This programme aims to:

- foster the intellectual and professional development of experienced healthcare practitioners to expand the analytical and critical reasoning powers that underpin practice (eg in organisational leadership and change, health and welfare systems, organisations and services and advanced technical procedures and practices)

- enhance the skills of experienced practitioners in multidisciplinary decision making as well as team leadership, and deepen your understanding of the dynamics of multidisciplinary working

- provide supervision for advanced practitioner-centred research that builds a culture of evaluation and enquiry into the practice environment

- equip experienced practitioners for their role in challenging, questioning and realigning strategies for specialist practice

- develop confident senior practitioners who are able to participate in the development of practice, work effectively with organisational interests, evidence-based processes, and within complex multidisciplinary teams

- enable you to critically evaluate your own area of practice, informed by evidence-based research and grounded in self-reflection

- provide a culture of lifelong learning that values and respects practice as the context for building and testing theory, to enhance services for patients, clients and consumers

- enable experienced practitioners from a diverse range of educational backgrounds to access and participate in a multidisciplinary working environment

- support a programme of personal development that underpins practice development and personal planning.


A postgraduate degree in Applied Dental Professional Practice is a particularly valuable and flexible qualification that can open the door to exciting careers in many professions. Students are successfully using this programme to develop clinical, educational and policy making career pathways in the dental sector at local, regional and national levels.

Building on Kent's success as the region's leading institution for student employability, we offer many opportunities for you to develop the specific skills and aptitudes that employers will value.

Find out how to apply here - https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/apply/

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NHS staff from all professions will need to acquire an understanding of analytic tools and techniques that help determine the system deficiencies and approaches to ensuring issues identified can be addressed. Read more
NHS staff from all professions will need to acquire an understanding of analytic tools and techniques that help determine the system deficiencies and approaches to ensuring issues identified can be addressed.

The Improving Safety and Quality in Health Care module will enable you to reflect on the challenges of improving healthcare delivery and specifically enhancing patient safety. The module incorporates the latest thinking relating to improvement models and the contribution of human factors to patient safety.

Module content

Day 1
-Understanding the concept of variation in healthcare, how it can be identified and measured.
-Reflect upon the link between variation in delivery systems and overall system reliability and resilience.
-Explore the connection between variation, system performance and patient safety.

Day 2
-Explore models of improvement, the strengths and weaknesses of various tools and techniques.
-Understand systems thinking from the perspective of improvement and performance.
-Analyse the difference between personal v systems failure in contributing to patient safety.

Day 3
-Measurement of system performance, specifically statistical process control, risk assurance, both qualitative and quantitative data
-Contribution of patient (user input to health system assessment).
-The potential learning from other sectors, notably the nature and contribution of safety cases to improving patient safety.

Day 4
-The nature of error/failure modes and assessment approaches.
-Contribution of human factors, performance influencing factors and organisational culture to improvement and safety.
-Engagement of staff in improvement/safety and sustainability of interventions/improvements.

Day 5
-Matching capacity and demand in healthcare.
-Learning from other industries.
-Assignment planning.

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Develop your midwifery knowledge and skills to an advanced level with our challenging Masters course which will open doors to leadership roles or research. Read more
Develop your midwifery knowledge and skills to an advanced level with our challenging Masters course which will open doors to leadership roles or research.

See the website http://www.anglia.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/advanced-midwifery-practice

If you’re passionate about your midwifery practice and want to develop your knowledge and skills to an advanced level, our MSc is for you. Supported by an exceptional academic team of experienced midwives within a faculty with a track record for innovative midwifery training, it’ll enable you to advance your existing skills of independent thinking and quickly apply them to your practice.

With concerns about rising rates of intervention, you’ll be encouraged to explore both how to promote normality during childbirth and how to care for vulnerable women with complex needs, with the aim of reducing intervention. The supporting optional modules will help you acquire the knowledge and skills necessary for assuming leadership roles in clinical practice or research.

See the website http://www.anglia.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/advanced-midwifery-practice


Successful completion of this course will give you the potential to advance your career into leadership positions within clinical settings, or in the fields of management, research and teaching. You’ll be equipped with the skills and knowledge to become an innovative, forward-thinking practitioner, with the qualities needed to affect change in healthcare planning, delivery and education.

You’ll also have the opportunity to complete the course with an additional qualification as a Newborn Infant Physical Examination (NIPE) practitioner. Many of our Masters level midwifery students go on to complete professional doctorates.

Core modules

Promoting Normal Childbirth
Facilitating Complex Birth
Research Studies
Major Project

Optional modules

Newborn Infant Physical Examination (NIPE)
Advanced Communication Skills
Law & Ethics in Health & Social Care
Strategic Management & Commissioning
Global Leadership
Care of the Critically Unwell Woman

You will choose one optional module from the above list. Some modules may not be available through Distance Learning and you can contact us to find out more. Modules are subject to change.


Assessment methods vary between modules and include written essays, seminar presentations with supporting papers, a research proposal and, for the Masters award, a major project of no more than 18,000 words.

All the assessment methods are designed to demonstrate the range of knowledge and skills expected of a practitioner working at an advanced level.


As a midwifery postgraduate student at our modern Chelmsford campus, you’ll enjoy all the academic and social benefits you could expect from one of the largest and most exciting universities in England. Our William Harvey building has a specialist midwifery clinical skills room that is used to simulate practice skills training.

Our midwifery team works with international agencies such as the UK Network on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, World Health Organisation (WHO), The White Ribbon Alliance and the London School for Health and Tropical Medicine. In addition many of the team have specific research interests and are either completing, or have completed doctorates.

Anglia Ruskin is one of only a few universities in the UK to hold Baby-Friendly Initiative full accreditation.

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Surrey is a leading UK university for nursing education – students of our Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing Studies (Adult Nursing) programme are taught by staff with internationally recognised expertise. Read more
Surrey is a leading UK university for nursing education – students of our Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing Studies (Adult Nursing) programme are taught by staff with internationally recognised expertise.

The programme focuses on the importance of caring and compassion and will prepare you to respond to the complex, diverse and evolving nature of healthcare.


Our programme offers you the opportunity to gain professional registration in adult nursing, together with an academic postgraduate qualification.

It will develop you as an autonomous, reflective practitioner who has empathic qualities, is committed to delivering high-quality care and can empower individuals to maximise their own independence.

Clinical, decision-making and leadership skills are developed progressively throughout the programme. Biosciences and psychosocial, spiritual, ethical and legal aspects of care inform a holistic approach to care, alongside a strong emphasis on interprofessional learning.

In contemporary healthcare, collaborative practice is vital in meeting the complex needs of individuals and their families.


This programme is studied full-time over two academic years; over this period students must gain 2,300 hours of theory and 2,300 hours of practice for NMC registration. The programme is divided into modules.

On successful completion of the programme students may apply for registration with The Nursing and Midwifery Council as a Registered Nurse. The following modules are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that not all modules described are compulsory and may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.
-Practice Module
-Transitions in Care
-Care Provision in Long-Term Conditions
-Innovation and Leadership
-Managing Physical and Mental Health Challenges
-Research for Professional Practice
-Immediate Care
-Effective Decision Making from Fundamental to Complex Care
-Clinical Leadership and Consolidated Practice


Individuals who have an undergraduate or higher degree in a relevant subject, normally obtained within the last five years, and experience of working in a health care environment.

Applicants are required to demonstrate that they have worked for a minimum of 575 hours within a paid healthcare role, gained within a year of commencing the programme. This is equivalent to 16 weeks of full-time work and may be achieved through part time-work over a longer period of time.

Applicants also need to be ambitious and passionate about a career in nursing, with the ability and drive to complete the programme in two years.


Nursing is the largest healthcare profession in the country and nurses play a role in the delivery of most healthcare services. Although many qualified nurses work in hospitals, they can also work in general practice surgeries, community settings, home healthcare, outpatient day surgeries, nursing homes, schools, mental health agencies, hospices, the military and industry.

Many of our graduates are initially employed by the NHS Trust in which they had their practice experience, before going on to further studies and employment opportunities. Some nurses develop careers in education or research, promoting advances in many areas of healthcare and health promotion practice.


The programme aims to:
-Develop confident, competent and critically responsive practitioners with the knowledge, skills and behaviours required to deliver and lead high quality nursing care across a range of health and social care environments
Enable students to act with professional integrity and demonstrate achievement of the professional standards required by the NMC (2010) to register as a nurse
-Prepare students to deliver and analyse the impact of safe and compassionate evidence based care, whilst demonstrating the values and attitudes in keeping with anti-discriminatory practice and an orientation towards holistic care
-Foster and facilitate partnership working with health and social care professionals, service users, carers and families, acknowledging and promoting the contribution of a collaborative approach to care and the importance of education for health to practice as a registered nurse
-Enable students to contribute to the planning, design and delivery of care by leading, delegating, supervising, evaluating and challenging other nurses and health care professionals’ practice
-Develop the capacity to adapt to change and identify, initiate and lead innovations in practice whilst working within the governance framework
-Facilitate the development of higher level clinical, analytical and reflective thinking skills with the ability to distil research impacts, integrate and combine sources of knowledge and identify new directions for research
-Nurture a commitment to life long and independent learning
-Enable students to critically appraise, plan and lead teams in the application of research to nursing practice


The programme provides opportunities for students to develop and demonstrate knowledge and understanding, skills, qualities and other attributes in the following areas:

Knowledge and understanding
-Demonstrate a comprehensive and critical understanding of the knowledge and research evidence that underpins practice thus enabling an appropriate response to a wide range of health and dependency needs
-Critically apply knowledge and skills based upon best available evidence in the planning, delivery and evaluation of safe and effective care, accessing or referring to specialist services as required
-Demonstrate an ability to meet complex and co-existing needs of people in their own field of nursing in any setting
-Demonstrate and appraise knowledge of the relationship between common physical and mental health problems in both acute and long terms conditions
-Critically appraise and apply high quality evidence to support and develop practice whilst identifying and proposing areas for further investigation
-Demonstrate the importance of and be able to evaluate safe practice, which is informed by best available evidence and through a critical understanding of risk management strategies, local and national guidelines
Intellectual / cognitive skills
-Demonstrate an advanced level of critical thinking and decision making skills in the assessment, documentation and interpretation of a comprehensive systematic nursing assessment that takes account of relevant physical, psychological, social, cultural, spiritual, genetic and environmental factors
-Applies knowledge, synthesises ideas and information in order to generate and evaluate solutions in planned and uncertain situations across a range of health care environments
-Be capable of innovative and creative thinking and develop the ability to improve professional practice and quality outcomes by using a range of methods and clinical governance processes
-Critically apply relevant theoretical and research evidence in the evaluation of nursing interventions and health care provision and evaluate and ensure the use of findings help to improve peoples’ experience in order to shape future services
-Critically appraise the evidence and research base of new and emerging health care technologies to advise about their appropriateness and use
-Evaluate own performance and need for personal and professional development demonstrating learning from experience, feedback and reflection

Professional practical skills
-Act to care for and safeguard the public practicing in a compassionate and respectful manner whilst working within professional, ethical and legal frameworks in order to maintain, improve, and lead on high standards of care
-Practice autonomously and be responsible for the delivery and leadership of high quality evidenced based care, whilst maximising peoples’ ability to care for themselves
-Communicate safely and effectively and ensure decisions about care are shared when working across health and social care environments and in partnership with other professionals and agencies, service users, carers and families
-Act upon an understanding of how peoples’ lifestyles, cultures, environments and choices influence their health and wellbeing and adapt practice to meet the changing needs of service users
-Demonstrate excellence in team working and the ability to lead the co-ordination, delegation and supervision of care, whilst remaining accountable for care given
-Use leadership skills to support and manage others and make significant contributions to the planning, designing, delivering and improvement of future services
-Work innovatively and act as change agents, using leadership skills to challenge practice in order to enhance people’s wellbeing and experience of health care

Key / transferable skills
-Demonstrate a range of highly effective communication and interpersonal skills, including the use of communication technologies
-Build high quality partnerships and therapeutic relationships with service users, carers, families and other professionals in order to ensure safe, effective and non-discriminatory communication
-Accurately communicate and document using appropriate and plain language both verbally and in written and electronic formats
-Manage health information and information systems in order to search for valid and relevant information to inform nursing practice
-Abstract, analyse and interpret data using a range of techniques including assessment monitoring, audit and the use of research data to inform and develop the delivery of high quality care
-Demonstrate safe and effective medicines management


We often give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities.

In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV.

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