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.
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:
• 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.
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.
Click the following link for information on how to apply to this course.
Information about scholarships and bursaries can be found here.
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.
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.
This course is accredited by the College of Radiographers.
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
Plus a further 15 credits from the optional modules list
Postgraduate diploma core modules
Plus a further 15 credits from optional module list.
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
As a graduate of this course you gain a deeper understanding of current and future radiotherapy planning issues and gain the ability to apply critical thinking skills to practice. This can help you to advance to more senior radiotherapy roles.
The new MRes (Masters of Research) in Healthcare & Design is an interdisciplinary programme that draws on the complementary knowledge and expertise of Imperial College London and the Royal College of Art.
The programme aims to equip candidates from a wide range of academic and professional practice backgrounds with the tools and techniques to instigate and lead design innovations in a broad range of healthcare environments. Teaching takes place in the RCA and St Mary’s Hospital with a course that is particularly well tailored to those who aim to study alongside employment with eight intensive modules delivered in ‘burst mode’ (four per year in two 2-week blocks) and a supervised major personal design research project. The teaching is delivered in a mix of lectures and practical workshops in group and individual projects where designers, healthcare professionals and clinicians work together often in group based activities to enhance knowledge exchange.
Contexts for healthcare innovation are broad ranging from the physical and psychological to surgery, recuperation and recovery, therapy, transport, services and software. We expect outputs from this course to be implementable in the healthcare industry ranging from product and technology innovations through to software solutions, spatial and architectural to new experience and service designs.
The course builds on the longstanding partnerships between the RCA and Imperial College in developing joint courses since the 1980s. The Helen Hamlyn Centre for design has delivered over 150 healthcare and user centred projects while the Helix Centre at St Mary’s Hospital is the first design studio in a clinical setting and brings designers and clinicians together for the first time to solve healthcare challenges using lean innovation strategy. A key objective of the Helix Centre is to catalyse more innovative approaches to healthcare service delivery with better design and planning, more efficient use of resources and greater focus on patient need. The programme runs in parallel with the MSc in Healthcare Innovation at Imperial sharing aspects of course content in a way that is deliberately designed to bridge the gap between design-driven innovation and the healthcare context. This unique body of expertise feeds back into the MRes programme though teaching, supervision and mentoring.
The programme offers:
PLEASE NOTE: Due to UK Visas and Immigration Service visa restrictions on part-time courses, we are only able to offer places for UK Home/EU applicants. International applicants are currently not eligible.
Leadership and management skills are essential for all qualified dental professionals. The skills ensure appropriate patient care is
delivered and for driving innovation within dental practices.
Whether you are the principal dentist or part of the practice management team, you are often responsible for a broad range of nonclinical
aspects of the business including the performance management of staff, managing resources, marketing and budgetary
This new qualification, delivered by the UK’s leading dental education provider, Healthcare Learning is a nationally recognised
qualification specifically tailored for dental professionals. The qualification is approved by the Institute of Leadership & Management
(ILM), and learners are eligible to join this professional body.
The part-time programme is delivered online, over a period of 6 months and is designed to fit around the busy lives of dental
professionals. The course requires only 4-6 hours studying per week.
An experienced faculty with a wealth of experience of both Leadership Development and Dentistry deliver this highly interactive
programme. This is complemented by high quality eLearning. Assignments focus on addressing real-world challenges in the
participant’s own Dental Practice.
The majority of the learning will be on-line and will combine
interactive distance learning, webinars, recorded lectures and
live learning. This is an integrated programme, using the best
of new media and technology.
The education support platform provides the following:
- Student Profile
- Learning Plan
- Key Events Calendar
- My Progress Tracking
- E-learning modules
- Access to ILM Studying Membership resources
The course consists of 4 units, focusing upon key leadership
topics relevant for Dentists and Dental Practice Managers:
• Understanding the Management Role (to Improve
• Budgetary Planning and Control
• Managing Resources
• Planning and Leading (a Complex Team Activity)
Each unit is typically offered twice a year, with the option to
join the programme at any point (for example: participants
could start studying with ‘Managing Resources’, completing
their programme with ‘Budgetary Planning and Control’).
that provides the essential skills required by Dental
Professionals working in a management role.
challenges in the participant’s own Dental Practice.
participants to access the course regardless of place
We are currently accepting applications for starting January 2018 onwards.
To find out more and how to apply contact us on +44 (0)20 7400 8989 or email [email protected]
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