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This exciting MSc programme focuses on leadership, change management, evidence-based service innovation and delivery all key to the delivery of high quality health care. Read more
This exciting MSc programme focuses on leadership, change management, evidence-based service innovation and delivery all key to the delivery of high quality health care. The programme is intended for experienced, qualified health care professionals who may work in and across a range of health care settings and in a variety of clinical, managerial and leadership roles.

The course aims to:

• Develop leadership knowledge and skills which can be applied to the delivery of a quality, evidence-based service linked to service user, staff and organisational outcomes
• Develop transformational leaders capable of improving and innovating health and social care delivery in a range of settings
• Develop a critical awareness of self in the leadership of service delivery and innovation
• Enhance critical awareness and reflection on the interfaces between policy, research, commissioning, service and practice
• Enable you to contribute to the advancement of your practice and the service you deliver by your professional development and life-long approach to learning

You have the option to exit after Year 1 with a PgCert Leadership Studies in Health Care and to exit after Year 2 with a PgDip Leadership Studies in Health Care.

The course is delivered one day per week.

Modules

There are two options for this course; a 3 year route and a 4 year route.

Modules for 3 year route:

Year 1
(3 core modules, 20 credits each)

• Research in health and social care
• Strategic leadership in health care
• Innovation for excellence - leading service change

Year 2
(1 core and 2 optional modules, 20 credits each)

Core module:

•Leading continuous quality improvement in health care

Optional modules:

• Mentorship and coaching for leadership
• Leading patient and public engagement in health care
• Professional development through contract learning

Year 3

• Dissertation (60 credits)

Modules for 4 year route:

Year 1
(2 core modules, 20 credits each)

• Research in health and social care
• Innovation for excellence - leading service change

Year 2
(1 core and 1 optional module, 20 credits each)

Core module:

•Strategic leadership in health care

Optional modules:

• Leading patient and public engagement in health care
• Professional development through contract learning

Year 3
(1 core and 1 optional module, 20 credits each)

Core module:
• Leading continuous quality improvement in health care

Optional modules:

• Mentorship and coaching for leadership
• Leading patient and public engagement in health care
• Professional development through contract learning

Year 4

• Dissertation (60 credits)

Professional links

The School of Health and Social Care delivers postgraduate education programmes and applied research linked to practice and workforce innovation and research capacity building. The work undertaken by staff and students is recognised both nationally and internationally.

Employability

With a range of flexible pathways available, our courses and modules are designed to enhance career opportunities by equipping health care professionals with the knowledge and skills to manage change, lead improvement initiatives and become an effective leader.

LSBU Employability Services

LSBU is committed to supporting you develop your employability and succeed in getting a job after you have graduated. Your qualification will certainly help, but in a competitive market you also need to work on your employability, and on your career search. Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or an internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the job you want at the end of your course. LSBU offers a comprehensive Employability Service, with a range of initiatives to complement your studies, including:

• Direct engagement from employers who come in to interview and talk to students
• Job Shop and on-campus recruitment agencies to help your job search
• Mentoring and work shadowing schemes.

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Designed to focus on the delivery of sustainable, measurable improvements in quality, the MSc Quality Improvement is suitable for a multi-professional audience. Read more
Designed to focus on the delivery of sustainable, measurable improvements in quality, the MSc Quality Improvement is suitable for a multi-professional audience. It will enable participants to develop an understanding of the science and art of improvement and its application in their organisation.

To ensure that participants have access to the expertise to support them in the development of their own theoretical and practical knowledge of quality improvement approaches, the programme has been developed in partnership between the University of Dundee and the Tayside Centre for Organisational Effectiveness (TCOE).

The programme is supported by a faculty of academic and experienced improvement and organisational development practitioners from NHS Fife and NHS Tayside. This collective expertise ensures an exceptional student experience.

The multi-professional ethos of quality improvement is reflected in the development and delivery of the programme across the College of Medicine, Dentistry & Nursing and the School of Education, Social Work & Community Education.

Why study Quality Improvement at Dundee?

The challenge to deliver safe and effective care whilst maximising the utilisation of resources remains a continuous challenge for all practitioners involved in health care both nationally and internationally. The six dimensions of quality are often referred to as safety, effectiveness, patient-centred, timeliness, efficiency and equity. Our course will explore all of these aspects.

On completion of this programme, you will be equipped to influence and lead quality improvements in practice, making a real difference in your place of work.

What's so good about studying Quality Improvement at Dundee?

Here in Scotland, the NHS Scotland Healthcare Quality Strategy places significant emphasis on the provision of "high quality, person-centred, clinically effective and safe health care services".

The programme utilises professional expertise across the College of Medicine, Dentistry and Nursing and the School of Education, Social Work and Community Education to enable you to develop sound theoretical knowledge regarding the principles and processes of quality improvement.

Participation in the development and planning of the programme has also been greatly assisted by Healthcare Improvement Advisers from Tayside Centre for Organisational Effectiveness and the Quality and Clinical Governance Lead from NHS Fife.

Who should study this course?

The course is aimed at those who are working in a health or social care organisation and who have completed an undergraduate degree.
Students undertaking this programme should be engaged in promoting quality improvement in some capacity across a range of settings.

How you will be taught

Primarily this is a part-time distance learning programme (minimum of three years) enabling participation from national and international students. This programme can be delivered entirely in a distance learning format, depending on choice of modules. All core modules are delivered in distance learning format. Some option modules are delivered in a blended approach for local students. We deliver the online programme using the Blackboard Learning System, the University's virtual learning environment (also referred to as MyDundee). The programme is intended to be interactive and supportive, giving you the opportunity to share ideas, knowledge and experience and to discuss and debate issues. Access to journal articles will be available as part of the resource provided for each module.

What you will study

Module information:
Each module attracts 30 credit points at SCQF level 11:

Quality Improvement in Action: (distance learning)
This module gives the student the opportunity to critically evaluate the theoretical background to the concept of improvement science and to develop critical awareness .of quality improvement principles, approaches and application to service delivery.

Leadership, Change and Organisational Development: (distance learning)
This module introduces students to the concept of leadership for change. It examines key issues in the improvement of service delivery with a focus on effective leadership of services undergoing change. Optional workshops will be available for local participants.

Developing Research and Evaluation Skills: (distance learning)
This module enables the student to develop their knowledge of a variety of research and evaluation approaches and develop a rigorous proposal which they can then implement at dissertation stage.

Option modules:
Students are required to complete an option module from the following portfolio:

Measuring Quality
Coaching in a Systemic Context
Practice Development: Independent Study

(*Candidates will be required to take both of these 15 credit modules to gain the necessary 30 credit points.)

Dissertation (Quality Improvement):
(distance learning)
Students are also required to complete a double-weighted dissertation/project attracting 60 credit points. The dissertation/project provides students with the opportunity to develop and demonstrate, under supervision, their academic, organisational and technical skills in the formulation, execution and writing-up of a research project investigating a topic pertaining to quality improvement.

Pathways:
There are three exit points to this programme. Modules required for each are listed below:

Postgraduate Certificate in Quality Improvement (PGCert)
Quality Improvement in Action
Leadership, Change and Organisational Culture.

Postgraduate Diploma in Quality Improvement (PGDip)
Quality Improvement in Action
Leadership, Change and Organisational Culture
Developing Research and Evaluation Skills
One option module (30 credit points)

Masters in Quality Improvement (MSc)
Quality Improvement in Action
Leadership, Change and Organisational Culture
Developing Research and Evaluation Skills
One option module (30 credit points)
Dissertation

How you will be assessed

For 30 credit modules, assessment will normally be via one written piece of work of 4,500 words or equivalent to this
For 15 credit modules, assessment will normally be via one written piece of work of 2,500 words or equivalent to this
At dissertation stage, students are required to complete a 20,000 word study

Careers

This new programme is designed for a wide range of potential participants who are working in a culture of continuous improvement, including health and social care professionals, policy planners and those in managerial roles.

The programme will enable candidates to gain a wider understanding of quality improvement and the many tools and techniques which can be used to continually improve service provision.

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The NHS is entering a new phase of reform. Promoting and developing efficient and effective leadership behaviours is central to developing a patient-led, quality-enhanced, local service. Read more
The NHS is entering a new phase of reform. Promoting and developing efficient and effective leadership behaviours is central to developing a patient-led, quality-enhanced, local service.

Course details

Improving compassion and the quality of patient care starts with leadership (NHS Leadership Academy 2013) and The Kings Fund (2011). This recognises the value of leadership that is shared, distributed and adaptive – where leaders must focus on engaging staff in delivering results.To achieve this locally and nationally, NHS trusts, foundation trusts, primary care trusts, social care organisations, along with the independent and third sector, will have to devise strategic frameworks and action plans to help promote and develop leaders within their organisations and services.

All of this requires developing health and social care staff in promoting, identifying and supporting the development of leadership capability. It means being able to use a variety of tools and techniques that underpin effective and sustained leadership development, and working in partnership across professional and organisational boundaries to improve patient-focused care. Developing transformational leadership skills to support this framework means that you need to:
-Articulate a compelling vision of the future
-Use stories and symbols to communicate your vision and message
-Have a strong sense of purpose and a collective mission
-Talk optimistically and enthusiastically, and express confidence about achieving goals
-Engender trust and respect by doing the right thing, rather than doing things right
-Instil pride in your employees in being associated with you
-Talk about your most important values and beliefs
-Consider the moral and ethical consequences of decisions
-Seek different perspectives when solving problems
-Get employees to challenge old assumptions and think about problems in new ways
-Spend time teaching and coaching
-Consider each employee’s needs, abilities and aspirations
-Be compassionate, appreciative and responsive to each employee, recognising and celebrating their achievements

The new Healthcare Leadership Model offers 360-degree feedback linked to nine dimensions:
-Inspiring shared purpose
-Leading with care
-Evaluating information
-Connecting our service
-Sharing the vision
-Engaging the team
-Holding to account
-Developing capability
-Influencing for results

These dimensions provide a supportive model for you to assess your own leadership strengths and areas of challenge, and for critical evaluation throughout your programme.

What you study

This PgCert helps you to:
-Develop a comprehensive and critical understanding of leadership theory and service improvement methodologies to enhance health and social care practice
-Demonstrate a systematic and critical understanding of yourself and the leadership skills, behaviours and attributes required to effectively lead evidence-based service improvements in health and social care

In Advanced Personal Effectiveness and Leading Service Improvement you explore current drivers of service reform and improvement to develop your political awareness and proactive leadership. From the very start you work on real-life service-improvement projects so you can apply what you learn to your area of practice.

You undertake 360-degree diagnostic appraisal and personal action planning to develop your effectiveness. You also use action learning to help you lead a real service-improvement project that’s relevant to your role and your organisation.

You will develop the necessary knowledge and skills to achieve this by studying topics such as improvement science, tools and techniques, a multi-perspective approach to determining and measuring performance, project design and audit, and evaluation research methods.

Year 1 core modules
-Advanced Personal Effectiveness in Leadership
-Leading Service Improvement in Health and Social Care

Modules offered may vary.

Employability

By enhancing your leadership and service-improvement skills you develop the effectiveness of your role and your professional goals.

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This module is aimed at providing students with the opportunity to explore and critically analyse a range of approaches to leadership and management. Read more
This module is aimed at providing students with the opportunity to explore and critically analyse a range of approaches to leadership and management. It is designed to provide students with the opportunity to develop their own leadership and management skills in health and social care.

The learning outcomes for the module are to enable the student to:
-Critically evaluate the relationship between leadership and management roles
-Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of a range of theories and developments in leadership and management thinking
-Critically analyse and evaluate a range of theories and developments in leadership and management thinking in relation to the health and social care context
-Reflect and analyse the application of a range of theories of leadership and management in the health and social care context
-Critically discuss the current environment and analyse the implications for management and leadership
-Critically analyse approaches to leadership and management using appropriate tools
-Critically apply a range of theories in order to lead and manage effectively
-Evaluate the application of leadership and management tools

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.

Modules

The syllabus for the module includes:
-Leadership & management- tracing historical developments
-Examining the debate surrounding leadership & management theory
-Approaches to strategic leadership and Management
-The changing policy context within the public sector
-An overview of models of leadership & management including the NHS Healthcare Leadership model
-Leadership and followership effectiveness
-Leading and managing ethically
-Assessing own management & leadership skills and practice
-Approaches to developing individuals
-Developing & leading teams
-Motivating an Inspiring individuals & teams
-Power and influence
-Leading and managing others
-Sustainability in management & leadership practice

This module is a core module for:
-MSc /Post Graduate Diploma Leadership Management and Change in Health and Social Care
-Postgraduate Certificate Leading Quality and Service Improvement

Learning activities and assessment

A 4000 word applied assignment critically examines a leadership scenario which explores how the theories can be applied and what lessons can be learned in order to develop your leadership practice.
OR
Storyboard re a leadership situation critically analysed supported with theory (4000 word equivalent).

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.

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This is an innovative Postgraduate Certificate designed for managers and leaders working in the health and social care sector, across wellbeing partnerships and those providing and developing services with communities and patients. Read more
This is an innovative Postgraduate Certificate designed for managers and leaders working in the health and social care sector, across wellbeing partnerships and those providing and developing services with communities and patients.

The programme equips leaders and managers with knowledge and skills and helps develop confidence to undertake effective service improvement programmes – leading and co-ordinating systems and service across health, wellbeing and social care settings.

The programme is intended to:
-Develop a critical understanding of the changing strategy and policy context in the health and social care sector
-Provide an opportunity for participants to review their own practice within their organisation and others within the partnership context
-Enable participants to lead service improvement in the health, wellbeing and social care sector
-Provide opportunities for inter-professional and inter-organisational learning

The Certificate will be of particular relevance to those working in the following areas:
-CCGs and other commissioners
-Local Government notably in Public Health and developing services to reduce inequalities
-Provider organisations including voluntary sector
-Co-ordination of networks and partnerships, notably those working within Health and Wellbeing Board structures

Modules

-Leadership and Management Theory and Practice
-Quality and Service Improvement

Learning activities and assessment

The curriculum is organised into two 30-credit modules. One module will be studied each semester. Each module combines theory with application to practice.
-Leadership and Management: Theory and Practice - this module analyses a range of approaches to leadership and management, providing the opportunity for students to develop their own skills
-Quality and Service Improvement - this module covers; service improvement principles and techniques, such as LEAN; quality improvement approaches including how to positively use service feedback and management complaints; effective ways to work in partnerships, networks and with communities

This programme combines study and assessment of theory alongside its application within a work setting.

Study is through a blended learning approach; 4 days attendance on campus for each module (2 blocks of 2 days); a virtual learning environment to support private study; ongoing tutor support.

Assessment of the programme includes practical application of skills and knowledge, demonstrating a theoretical understanding and enabling students to grow in confidence in their role.

Modules studied on the Certificate can go on to contribute to study at Masters level within the Faculty of Health Studies.

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.

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The MBA with a specialism in Leadership Studies has been developed by Strathclyde Business School (SBS) and the Leadership Trust Foundation (LTF). Read more

Why this course?

The MBA with a specialism in Leadership Studies has been developed by Strathclyde Business School (SBS) and the Leadership Trust Foundation (LTF).

Our aim is to develop directors and high-potential managers into outstanding leaders in their own specialist business fields. The programme is valuable for those in the private, public and voluntary sectors.

Good leadership skills are essential for directors and senior managers to run their businesses effectively. With the challenges of the 21st century, these skills are now even more in demand.

See the website https://www.strath.ac.uk/courses/postgraduatetaught/mba-leadership/

Specialist features

The course structure combines an understanding of business functions, strategy and strategic thinking with an understanding of the leadership process and the practical development of leadership skills.

You’ll enhance your self-awareness, self-control and self-confidence through personal experience of practical leadership and teamwork situations.

We provide you with an innovative range of learning approaches to suit your own circumstances and you’ll gain a unique mix of practical leadership skills from one of Europe’s foremost leadership development organisations.

We offer the academic depth and rigour expected of a top university business school.

Benefits of the MBA with a specialism in Leadership Studies

- For you
You’ll gain a better understanding of yourself and how others perceive you in your leadership role.
Exposed to key business management and leadership theories and practices, you'll have an unparalleled opportunity to develop your strategic and behavioural leadership skills.
You’ll gain a greater understanding of business management and will be able to lead your people more effectively, and will have the opportunity for networking through an outstanding international alumni network.
We have thousands of members worldwide, many of whom have reached the highest positions in their fields.

- For your organisation
By supporting your directors or managers on the MBA in Leadership programme, you'll be helping determine the long-term success of your organisation.
A survey conducted by an independent consultancy on behalf of The Leadership Trust Foundation found that strong leadership qualities are the most important factor for achieving optimum performance at board and senior management levels.

Flexible study routes

The MBA with a specialism in Leadership Studies can be taken as part of the Flexible Learning route. It’s designed to fit with your demanding work responsibilities.

Usually, you'll take the course part-time on a modular basis over three years but it can also be taken from between two years and six years.

Based on the core curriculum of the Strathclyde MBA, the programme uses a combination of formal courses, self-study through supported distance learning, practical training and project work.

Accreditation

Less than 1% of business schools in the world hold "triple accreditation", and Strathclyde is one of them. The three international accrediting bodies are:
- The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
- The European Quality Improvement System
- The Association of MBAs

To gain accreditation by one of these bodies is an achievement in itself. To gain accreditation by all three bodies is a truly outstanding accomplishment and one we're proud of.

- Association of Masters of Business Administration (AMBA)
You’re eligible to join AMBA after enrolment on an MBA course.

Entry requirements

Our selection process is designed to identify talented professionals from a wide range of academic, business and cultural backgrounds.

While there are formal requirements for entry listed below, we take into consideration:
- your potential
- your interpersonal and team working qualities
- the range and nature of your managerial experience

In order to assess these skills we ask you to complete a number of essays outlining your experience and aspirations alongside references supporting your work experience and academic record.

We may ask you to undertake a formal interview to discuss your achievements and aspirations. We would encourage you to visit the school or centre you’re applying to and to ask as many questions as you need to clarify your decision.

Qualifications & experience

For entry to the MBA with a specialism in leadership studies programme you must:
- hold a degree from a UK university, or equivalent academic qualification from a comparable non-UK institution. If you studied for your undergraduate degree at a non-UK institution we will need a copy of your degree transcript. Professional qualifications will also be considered.
- be at least 28 years of age.
- have a minimum of three years' full-time postgraduate experience where the management of people and resources has played a significant role.

Admissions testing

Although the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) is not a standard requirement of our admissions process, strong verbal reasoning and numerical abilities are critical for the MBA and we may ask you to undertake such a test.

Competence in English

The MBA programme is highly interactive and requires a high level of competence in English speaking, writing, reading and understanding.
A minimum score of 6.5 in IELTS is required for applicants whose first language is not English. We may consider applicants who fall slightly below these standards if they're willing to undertake pre-sessional study.

Computer competence

In order to undertake the Diploma/MBA you need to be competent in word processing, the use of spreadsheets and in report writing.

Learning & teaching

A mix of teaching and learning methods are used. There is distance learning via texts, case studies, exercises and tutor support. There's also residential days at the Leadership Trust Foundation and intensive seminars at Strathclyde Business School.
The whole programme requires about 1,800 hours of course and workshop attendance, private study and project work over three years. You should allow five to ten hours a week for private study.

Careers

We recognise that career development is one of the main reasons why people invest in an MBA. The MBA job market offers plenty of global opportunity but can be complex and challenging.

That's why we also offer a dedicated careers service for MBA students. You'll get career planning and skills development as well as unlimited access to personal advice and coaching. Our careers service is delivered in-house and by a team of top consultants.

We work with you to complement your own proactive job search efforts too. We help you use your own career background and strengths to progress to your next career move.

You’ll gain the understanding and tools to develop your personal, strategic career plan, as well as the self-marketing and communication skills to make effective applications and impress at interview.

You’ll have the knowledge of the global job market and a range of contacts to make it work for you.

Find information on Scholarships here http://www.strath.ac.uk/mba/scholarships/

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This part-time course prepares you for the challenges of management in organisations where policy and structure are subject to constant change. Read more
This part-time course prepares you for the challenges of management in organisations where policy and structure are subject to constant change.

You will cover key issues in social work leadership and management – honing your ability to critically examine daily management practice.

Intermediate qualifications available:
• Postgraduate certificate – 60 credits at Masters level
• Postgraduate diploma – 120 credits at Masters level

Why choose this course?

• Study and apply current models of supervision and understanding of leadership and management in your own practice to ensure best quality outcomes for service users
• Explore your full potential as a leader and manager in social work through enhancing your knowledge, skills, sense of enterprise and self-awareness enabling you to evaluate and plan for your own future career direction and learning needs
• Develop your expertise in critical reflection, bringing analytical and research-led perspectives into your leadership and management practice – able to influence change through creative thinking and collaborative communication
• Gain the skills, confidence and mental agility to take effective decisions, even in the absence of complete data, and motivate others in ever-changing environments with competing demands
• Benefit from the ability to clearly communicate your ideas and conclusions to a range of stakeholder audiences.

Visit the website: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/courses/postgraduate/next-year/applied-social-work-practice-leadership-and-management#entry

Course detail

The course will provide budding social work managers with a deep and systematic understanding of current knowledge about effective practice in leadership, management and supervision in the context of current social work practice and how this can enhance best outcomes for service users.

It will increase your expertise in critical reflection bringing analytical and research-led perspectives to your practice as leaders and managers to influence change where necessary by using creative thinking.

The course will encourage you to reach your full potential as a leader and manager in social work by enhancing your knowledge, skills, sense of enterprise and self-awareness so that you can evaluate and plan for your own future direction and learning needs. It will equip you with the skills, confidence and mental agility to lead and make decisions for best outcomes in provision for service users working collaboratively in complex, ever changing environments and with competing demands.

We have a proven track record for delivering innovative social work programmes and world leading, pioneering research. There is a strong commitment to ensuring that teaching is informed by up to date knowledge that is evidence based.

Whether you undertake the full masters programme or opt for individual units you will benefit from the expertise of a team of experienced social work academics committed to holistic practice that is firmly embedded in research, in partnership with practitioners and service users.

Modules

• Leading and Managing in Social Work
• Supervising for Quality and Performance in Social Work Core
• Strategic Leadership
• Systemic Leadership for Social Workers
• Practice Education (Stage 2)
• Applying Knowledge to Work Based Learning
• Applied Research Skills in Social Work
• Dissertation for Social Work Leaders and Managers

Assessment

You will encounter a wide range of assessments designed to collectively meet a variety of individual learning styles and to support you in your progress towards becoming an autonomous learner in leadership and management.

These methods are designed to test you in all the areas necessary for competent practice as qualified social work managers, as well as the academic disciplines underpinning this practice.

Through the use of a variety of assessment methods, you will be able to demonstrate a wide range of key skills for both academic and practice competence. Assessments building towards the final stage of study encourage more self-directed study and autonomous learning. In all the units there is an initial assessment early in the delivery of the course to enable students to practise key skills with feedback given in areas for improvement and development.

Assessment methods include:
• Presentations
• Observation of practice
• Collaborative projects
• Research dissertation

Careers

The course has been mapped against the Professional Capability Framework for Social Work and as a result, on completion, you will have evidence that you have met capability at advanced level.

Many career opportunities will be available to you in social work as a consequence, specifically your employability skills will be enhanced by:
• being observed in your managerial and supervisory practice and expected to critically review, analyse and propose specific actionable areas for improvement
• creating a personal development strategy outlining your strengths, areas for improvements, opportunities for development and how any barriers to these can be overcome
• developing employability skills such as professional leadership, high level oral and written communication skills, analytical problem solving and decision making
• learning from other leaders and managers both informally and formally about what works and what does not work in social work leadership and management and sharing this knowledge to improve social work practice.

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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Enhance your skills in the areas of management, leadership and innovation - required by a wide range of healthcare professionals and health service managers. Read more
Enhance your skills in the areas of management, leadership and innovation - required by a wide range of healthcare professionals and health service managers. MSc Healthcare Management, Leadership and Innovation is designed to be a highly flexible entry into management within the health and care service, whether your interests lie in leadership, quality improvement, innovation methodology, organisation development, patient safety, or education.

Key features

-Choose to study full-time – this is particularly suitable if you are undertaking an intercalated degree from medicine or dentistry. Taught modules will be delivered in the autumn and spring terms, and your MSc will be completed over the course of one year.
-Join the programme if you're an intercalating medical student and have successfully completed your fourth year, or have already completed an undergraduate course.
-Benefit from flexible learning - there are a number of continuing professional development (CPD) opportunities relating to this programme where a single module or specific days within a module may be taken independently. Please email to find out more.
-Improve your leadership and management skills – this programme is designed to develop your knowledge and abilities as a leader, manager and innovative thinker, and is appropriate if you are a doctor, dentist, manager or a healthcare professional working in a care environment.
-Equip yourself with the skills to plan and conduct a full masters dissertation.
-Be supported by a blended learning approach with face-to-face sessions, access to interactive materials, electronic learning environment and tutorial support.
-Choose whether to substitute the research-based dissertation project with a professional or quality improvement project that is directly relevant to the service area in which you work.
-Select APEL (Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning) as an option for this programme. For example, if you have completed the Plymouth/Bristol Professional and Generic Skills programme, you may use this in place of the Foundation module.

Course details

You will study aspects of management, leadership and innovation in healthcare, relevant to professionals seeking to lead services and organisations into the future and explore the management and leadership theories pertinent to health and care practice. Gain practical experience of multi-disciplinary team working through problem identification and problem solving to encourage innovation and creativity in project design, development and knowledge transfer. You'll also be offered the choice of a traditional research-based dissertation or the option to undertake a work-related professional project or quality improvement project built on improvement science principles.

Core modules
-DIS731 Dissertation
-PDD721 Project Design, Development and Knowledge Transfer
-HML712 Organisation Development and Culture
-HML711 Foundation in Healthcare Management, Leadership & Innovation
-HML721 Advanced Healthcare Management, Leadership and Innovation

Every postgraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the programme aims, the programme structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

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Make a difference to your practice by developing your leadership and management skills on a course designed for specialty registrars within a leadership role. Read more
Make a difference to your practice by developing your leadership and management skills on a course designed for specialty registrars within a leadership role. The course supports deanery-sponsored Leadership Fellowship appointments. You have the chance to learn alongside other doctors in action learning sets in support of individual specialist projects.

The course supports and encourages you to apply key theoretical concepts to work-based issues or problems and look for more effective medical management and quality improvement for patient care. You develop your leadership skills and knowledge and gain a recognised qualification with minimal disruption to your service.

All your assignments are work-based enabling you to complete projects you are already working on as focus for your learning.
In year one and two you attend university for 10 days each year for full-day workshops. The content of these workshops is flexible and designed to meet your current needs. Workshops include supported action-learning sets helping you to tackle real world issues within a community of like-minded practitioners to develop innovative solutions to difficult workplace problems.

The Postgraduate Certificate addresses operational management from a medical perspective and the postgraduate diploma covers strategic elements of medical leadership. The masters year contains a research methods module and a supervised dissertation.

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

Course structure

Part time – 3-6 years.
Postgraduate Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma – 10 days each academic year, delivered as full day workshops plus a 1 day induction. Starts September and March. Other start dates can be negotiated on a case-by-case basis in order to best support leadership placements.

Core modules
-Medical leadership 1 (15 credits)
-Medical leadership 2 (15 credits)

Optional modules
-Leading sustainable change (30 credits)
-Strategy and systems (30 credits)
-Service development and evaluation (operations management) (15 credits)
-Independent study module (15 credits)

Masters
-Dissertation for leadership in health and social care professions (research methods 15 credits, dissertation 45 credits)

Assessment: group discussions; presentations; written assignments; reports.

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- Support for developing a portfolio career. - Ideal for stepping-up as a leader, educator or researcher. The MSc in Medical Leadership, Education and Research is designed to put you, as a doctor, at the centre of shaping your career. Read more

Why study this course?

- Support for developing a portfolio career
- Ideal for stepping-up as a leader, educator or researcher

The MSc in Medical Leadership, Education and Research is designed to put you, as a doctor, at the centre of shaping your career. It is a practical and supportive leadership course for doctors. A framework is provided which enables you to develop your own area of interest and supports you with implementing an improvement project, in addition to learning about teaching and research. It will enable you to become a more able clinician, more patient-centred and more able to influence service delivery for patient benefit.

*formerly known as the MSc in Medical Leadership and Advanced Professional Skills

- Run in partnership with both Primary and Secondary Care Medics from Health Education England in the East Midlands
- Creates a forum for discussion across medical specialties
- Part-time and uses a mix of study days and distance-learning to enable you to work whilst studying
- Flexible options to undertake a postgraduate certificate / diploma or MSc. Extensive tutor support and feedback on your assessments
- Reciprocal arrangement with the Postgraduate Medical Education Certificate if you wish to qualify as a trainer

Attendance dates

All the study days are Wednesdays and are from 10am until 5pm. There are 7 attendance days in the first year, 7 in the second and 3 in the third.

Course modules

The modules build up your skills in leadership, research, teaching and quality improvement in a blended manner as you develop and progress through the programme.

Leadership - personal development skills of mastery, reflection, time and stress management, vision, active listening, communication skills, leadership theory, strategy development, managing change and presentation skills.

Research - analytical thinking, literature searching, interviewing skills, critical appraisal of research papers, qualitative research and analysis skills, quantitative research and analysis skills, research ethics, research presentation skills, conducting a research project, writing for a dissertation and publication skills.

Teaching - developing your own PDP and portfolio, reflection, communication, learning theory, mentoring and educational assessment.

Service Improvement - communication and competency mapping, stakeholder and patient engagement, health policy, designing, evaluating and conducting a Quality Improvement project using QI tools.

Teaching and assessment

The course is taught by a mix of attendance at the university and distance learning.

Attendance is required at six study days in year 1, five in year 2 and three in year 3. Students are also expected to commit to 6 hours a week self-study plus their 2 hours work time allocated for CPD a week, during semester times (2 x 18 week semesters per year).

Industry links and professional accreditation

Doctors who complete the PG Diploma in Medical Leadership, Education and Research maybe exempted from part of PG Certificate in Medical Education to qualify as a trainer.

How to apply

Please e-mail the course leader Dr Josie Solomon - and the admissions administrator Katy Wright . We will then guide you through the following process:

a) Complete an online application
b) Obtain a reference from your line manager at work, in e-mail format from a work e-mail address, that states that your organization will support you in undertaking the course by allowing you study leave to attend the compulsory study days at the University (as specified above) and confirming that you are employed in a patient-facing role as a doctor.
c) Scan copies of your GMC registration details and all degree certificates
d) Provide details of how you will be funded - either a declaration that you are self-funding or confirmation from your employer that they will fund the course.

Please complete your on-line application form (a) as soon as possible as places are limited.

Please send the other documents (b, c and d) by e-mail to and clearly mark the subject of your e-mail as MLAPS or MSc in Medical Leadership and Advanced Professional Skills.

Contact details

For further information please contact:
Dr Josie Solomon, course leader
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T: 0116 207 8128

Katy Wright admissions team
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MSc Implementation and Improvement Science is a practical and innovative course for anyone who is interested in improving health services and wants to know how to do it well. Read more
MSc Implementation and Improvement Science is a practical and innovative course for anyone who is interested in improving health services and wants to know how to do it well. It has been created by implementation and improvement science experts 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:

- The course has been created by implementation and improvement science experts 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.

- Taught by leading researchers and specialists in the field, including implementation and improvement science experts from NIHR CLAHRC South London and from King’s Improvement Science (KIS) at King’s Health Partners, with renowned visiting speakers.

- A free two-day Implementation Science Masterclass run by the CLAHRC South London with international experts in the field.

- The programme combines both theory and practical experience giving you the opportunity to really put into practice what you have learnt.

- Opportunities to join a thriving research community and to participate with active researchers in a range of extra-curricular events, such as reading groups, round-table discussions and workshops.

- Taught within a world-class institution that conducts innovative research that influences national and global health policy.

- Opportunities to engage with the worlds of policy-making, non-governmental agencies and health research.

- Located in the heart of London, across four of King’s Thames-side campuses (Waterloo, Strand, St Thomas’ and Guy’s) and the Denmark Hill Campus in south London.

Visit the website: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught-courses/implementation-and-improvement-science-msc.aspx

Course detail

- Description -

The course provides rigorous 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 design, implement and evaluate health interventions working in partnership with health and social care providers to meet live service needs.

- 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 -

The programme assessments are practical and have been designed to help you think about how to develop an effective health intervention. For example, you will be asked to prepare a poster; produce a presentation on a project you have designed to improve health services or health outcomes; and you will undertake an empirical study within a health setting for your dissertation.

Required modules:

- Principles of implementation and improvement science (30 credits)
- Measurement and evaluation in healthcare practice (15 credits)
- Issues in the conduct of health services research (15 credits)
- Implementation and improvement science dissertation (60 credits)

Career prospects

The programme provides rigorous training into how to design and implement effective health interventions and improve the delivery of health care services. This programme also may provide a pathway towards more advanced academic study e.g. MPhil or PhD.

How to apply: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/taught-courses.aspx

Why study at King's:

- Internationally renowned clinicians and academics

- Largest provider of healthcare professional training in Europe

- Links with industry, health services and policy makers

- Clinical attachment with the best teaching hospitals as part of King’s Health Partners http://www.kingshealthpartners.org

- Integrated inter-professional learning throughout the courses

- Our graduates are highly sought after nationally and internationally

- Opportunities to study with nurses, midwives and other health professionals from a wide range of backgrounds and specialisms

* King’s College London is ranked equal 19th university in the world (2015 QS World University Rankings)

- World's first professional nursing & midwifery education centre

- Top Nursing & Midwifery Faculty in the UK and 6th in the world (2016 QS World University Rankings)

Scholarships & Funding:

A limited number of CLAHRC South London scholarships worth £2,000 each are available that can be used towards tuition fees for UK applicants who wish to start the course in September 2016. The scholarships will be awarded on a ‘first come first serve’ basis to suitable candidates.

In addition, all current PGT offer-holders and new PGT applicants are welcome to apply for the King's scholarships. For more information and to learn how to apply visit: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/pg/funding/sources

Free language tuition with the Modern Language Centre:

If you are studying for any postgraduate taught degree at King’s you can take a module from a choice of over 25 languages without any additional cost. Visit: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/mlc

What students have said:

'I’ve learnt so much about implementation methodologies and how to apply them.'

'It’s been great having such a range of speakers from different backgrounds and disciplines…you wouldn't normally have access to this - so it was a real privilege.'

'The course has been really beneficial in meeting others working and thinking about how best to improve services and implement change – both fellow students and experts across the field.'

'We have had lectures and workshops led by bodies such as NHS Improving Quality and King’s Improvement Science, and there are many opportunities to attend conferences and increase exposure to work that is taking place across London and the UK.'

'It’s a challenging and busy course, but I think we will all get a huge amount out of it! '

'As a relatively new and developing field, it has been really interesting to be exposed to current thinking around best practice, and to see how this is still a dynamic and shared learning process.'

'It really helped me consider moving beyond just undertaking a research project and how that research can actually be implemented in practice.'

'The research methods and ethics modules that we have also undertaken so far have given a really good grounding in understanding how research works and ties into the NHS.'

Keywords: Implementation science, improvement science, implementation research, applied health research, evidence-based practice, knowledge mobilisation, knowledge translation, translational medicine, clinical research training fellow, clinician scientist fellow, quality improvement, masters in clinical research

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Tomorrow’s professionals are expected to be efficient and innovative practitioners, partners and leaders. Read more
Tomorrow’s professionals are expected to be efficient and innovative practitioners, partners and leaders. Based on the NHS Healthcare Leadership Model’s nine dimensions of leadership behaviours, this programme gives those leaders, and aspiring leaders, the practical skills, knowledge and behaviours to work confidently in developing safe, high-quality clinical care and support services. The programme provides you with critical appraisals of current policy, up-to-date ideas, case studies and innovative practice. Central to the work-based learning approach is the direct application of learning to your practice and the focus of live assessments on live projects and a personal development plan. Selected course modules are facilitated by Alternative Strategies (UK) Ltd. – a partner organisation of the University of Northampton.

Course content

Students cover the nine dimensions of leadership behaviour through a series of work-based modules, which explore areas of personal and service development, using useful frameworks, tools and techniques. They explore issues related to involving key stakeholders, working with teams and managing organisational dynamics to ensure successful personal development and service improvement.

Course modules (16/17)

-Leadership: The People Challenge
-Turning Visions into Practice
-Innovation and Creativity
-Political Agenda: Effect on Service Delivery
-Managing Advanced Professional Practice
-Valuing Professional Experience
-Evidence Based Research Project
-Evidence Based Healthcare Research

Methods of Learning

A range of facilitative teaching methods are included, such as learning support material, activity-based workshops, webinars and video recorded presentations.

Schedule

Part-time, work-based course over three years, but can be studied over five years. Please note the course must be completed within the five years. For more information please contact .

Assessments

Assessments focus on direct application of learning to your practice and reflection on live projects. Through a series of different formats (essays, presentations, reports, portfolios and reflective papers) students show evidence of their personal leadership journey.

Facilities and Special Features

We regard support for our students as a crucial ingredient of this programme. Ongoing professional support during your learning experience is provided through close contact with your personal tutor, who will meet with you a minimum of twice per module.

The University of Northampton are working in partnership with Alternative Strategies (UK) Ltd, provider of Leadership, Organisational Development and Clinical Training Courses, based in Corby, Northamptonshire. Altstrat is the UK’s only independent provider of University-accredited Healthcare Leadership Training and Consultancy. Together the University of Northampton and Altstrat offer joint delivery in the MSc/Postgraduate Certificate in Leadership for Health & Social Care.

Careers

This course allows for progression as team and service leaders and beyond, as well as teaching the practical skills, knowledge and behaviours needed to work confidently in developing high-quality clinical care and support services. Alumni now hold a range of posts from Board Directors to Ward Managers, citing this programme as being vital to their career progression.

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This programme is designed to meet the professional and academic needs of current or potential senior and middle managers working in the health and social care sector, social enterprises, the voluntary or independent sector and other organisations who wish to develop strategic leadership and management skills and enhance their career prospects. Read more
This programme is designed to meet the professional and academic needs of current or potential senior and middle managers working in the health and social care sector, social enterprises, the voluntary or independent sector and other organisations who wish to develop strategic leadership and management skills and enhance their career prospects. Participants come from a wide range of organisations and backgrounds, and this facilitates learning with and from other managers.

The content allows you to explore a number of leadership and management areas depending on your development needs and role in the organisation. The applied nature of the programme provides flexible opportunities to integrate theoretical learning with application to your management practice, developing your skills and knowledge in order to add value within your organisation in today’s rapidly changing environment.

The programme focuses on a number of areas that are designed to equip you with leadership and management theory and skills required of leaders and managers in health and social care organisations. You will consider a range of approaches to leadership and have the opportunity to consider your own leadership style. You will also explore various approaches to managing change within organisations including the use of a number of practical tools to help you manage change effectively. You will select other areas of study from strategy within organisation, human resource management and quality and service improvement.

The topics covered include:
-Leadership theory and practice
-Strategy and policy
-Human resource management
-Managing change

The programme is delivered by blended learning, with two two-day workshops for each module where you can learn with and from other managers. This approach aims to fit with the busy working lives of managers in health and social care sectors.

Modules

-Leadership and Management: Theory and Practice
-Managing Change
-Human Resource Management
-Independent Study
-Quality & Service Improvement
-Strategy, Policy and Organisations

Learning activities and assessment

All assessments are of an applied nature, where you will be able to contextualise your assessments to areas of current relevance to your practice or identified development 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 rapidly changing context within the national and international Health and Social Care sectors requires individuals who can lead and manage within a turbulent environment, and increasingly this means working across different organisational and professional boundaries.

The programme is designed to meet the needs of current or potential senior and middle managers working in a wide variety of health and social care organisations (including social enterprises, the voluntary or independent sector and other organisations) who wish to develop strategic leadership and management skills.

The programme equips you to lead and manage effectively within your organisation, and offers you the opportunity to further your career in a leadership field.

Learning outcomes are assessed through written assignments and a presentation.

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This course is specifically designed to support you to develop leadership and management capabilities that will take you to the next level of your career. Read more
This course is specifically designed to support you to develop leadership and management capabilities that will take you to the next level of your career.

As a student on one of our unique programmes you maximise your learning by engaging in real world assignments. All course assignments centre on service delivery and improvement, giving you the opportunity to actively display and practice leadership. This means that you not only gain enhanced knowledge of evidence-based management and leadership theories, but also develop the practical skills required to lead more effectively in the workplace.

Through engaging in learning and assessment tasks you have the opportunity to actively improve service delivery throughout the programme by:
-Solving organisational problems.
-Developing service provision.
-Strengthening teamwork.
-Enhancing motivation, commitment and effort.
-Improving service user outcomes.

For more information, see the website: https://www.shu.ac.uk/study-here/find-a-course/mscpgdippgcert-health-and-social-care-leadership

Course structure

Part time – typically 3 years. You attend 12 days a year on average. Typically, you complete the Postgraduate Certificate in the first year, the Postgraduate Diploma in the second year and MSc dissertation in the final year. Starts September.

Course structure
The masters award is achieved by successfully completing 180 credits.

Core modules
-The agile leader (15 credits)
-The leadership landscape (15 credits)

Optional modules
-Leading sustainable change (30 credits)
-Leading people (30 credits)
-Strategy and systems (30 credits)
-Service development and evaluation (operations management) (15 credits)
-Team effectiveness (15 credits)
-Real world enquiry for leaders (15 credits)

Masters
-Dissertation for leadership in health and social care professions (60 credits)

Assessment: most assessment involves work-based assignments.

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

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.

Assessment:

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.
Assessment:

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.
Assessment:

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

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