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Health and social care national and international sectors have become increasing complex and the need for dynamic and effective leaders and managers who can design, lead and implement agreed outcomes is a growing priority. Read more
Health and social care national and international sectors have become increasing complex and the need for dynamic and effective leaders and managers who can design, lead and implement agreed outcomes is a growing priority. The course explores both models and theory, providing you with the confidence and critical thinking to use leadership and management ideas to shape future care services, lead service redesign, evidence based practice and the development of new service delivery models that ensure safe, efficient and effective services.

WHY CHOOSE THIS COURSE?

Our course will also equip you with the expertise you need to lead and work within leadership and management positions in the expanding health and social care sectors and to take advantage of the wealth of exciting opportunities for postgraduate careers. If you choose this course you will benefit from:
-Developing your skills to lead service redesign, guide evidence based practice and develop new service delivery models that ensure safe efficient and effective services
-Learning in an inter-disciplinary environment, using technology, international perspectives and meeting continuing professional development (CPD) requirements
-Developing and consolidating your professional development at all organisational levels in the growing national and international social and health care sector
-Engaging with research active staff involved in local, national and international applied research which informs their teaching and mentoring
-Combining online and on campus study to achieve maximum study flexibility which complements your working and domestic life
-Participating in international events

WHAT WILL I LEARN?

The postgraduate certificate is made up of three modules:
-Professional leadership
-Managing the performance of individuals and teams
-Managing change in dynamic environments

At the diploma stage you can select 2 modules from:
-Governance: citizens, communities and consumers
-Managing practice: complexity and risk
-Epidemiology, interventions and improvements
AND EITHER
-Assistive technology and the wider perspective
OR
-Advancing practice: professional perspectives

Additionally you will complete a project related to a work issue.

At the final stage of the masters award you will undertake a module studying research methods and complete a research project.

The course provides excellent opportunities to combine theory, practice and international insights to broader social care, housing and social enterprise.

HOW WILL THIS COURSE ENHANCE MY CAREER PROSPECTS?

As a graduate from the course you will know how to:
-Support, manage and evaluate service redesign
-Manage change, achieve results and engage with stakeholders
-Develop the future workforce, succession plan, safeguard the public and develop an organisational culture

OPPORTUNITIES FOR AN INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE

You will have the opportunity to gain international experience both through the content of your course and the potential to spend time abroad. We offer many opportunities through our Erasmus programme and via our numerous links with overseas institutions. If you don’t speak a foreign language we can arrange study at an institution where teaching and workshops are in English.

GLOBAL LEADERS PROGRAMME

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

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

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

Overview

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

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

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

Course Aims

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

By the end of the programme, you will:

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

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

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

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

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

Course Content

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Teaching & Assessment

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

Additional Costs

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

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

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Service science is an exciting and a crucial area in which we must increase expertise in order to stay ahead. This MSc programme is aimed at future leaders of services-based industries, and provides you with the opportunity to focus on the transition from product-centric to service-centric thinking. Read more

Designed for

Service science is an exciting and a crucial area in which we must increase expertise in order to stay ahead. This MSc programme is aimed at future leaders of services-based industries, and provides you with the opportunity to focus on the transition from product-centric to service-centric thinking.

The Course Provides

During the course you’ll consider the complexity of services that bring together a mesh of organisations, people, technologies and information to deliver value to the customer. You will understand the importance of experience and value to all stakeholders and be able to create a stakeholder map and use it to inform service design or redesign.

Enrolment on the MSc Service Management and Design gives you the opportunity to take the short “Lean Six Sigma Green Belt” course in addition to your Masters programme.

Course Content

Core Modules:
1. Service Design and Delivery
2. Reputation and Relationship Management
3. Service Support Technologies
4. Leading Change
5. Financial Analysis and Control Systems
6. Project Planning, Management and Control
7. Organisations, People and Performance

Plus two elective modules from the full list of modules.

Learning Style

The taught component of the course is a mixture of lectures, seminars, technology-enabled learning, syndicate/group work, practical work and forum activities. Module leaders are experts in their fields and are supported by external speakers working in organisations at the forefront of their fields.

Industrial visits are available to all students and the course is assessed through post module assignments.

Each module will usually last one week.

After You Graduate

Our degree was developed within the Service Systems Research Group at WMG, working alongside leading companies such as IBM, Rolls-Royce and BAE Systems. You’ll join our collective drive to actively shape research and teaching in this area. It is particularly relevant for the ‘servitisation’ of manufacturing companies, but is not sector-specific and is equally applicable to public sector, healthcare, financial services, oil and gas, tourism and a broad range of other industries.

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This course is aimed at health and social care practitioners who wish to develop the competencies of advanced practice and to facilitate change in patient and service outcomes. Read more
This course is aimed at health and social care practitioners who wish to develop the competencies of advanced practice and to facilitate change in patient and service outcomes. It uses a work-based learning approach to develop the higher level skills that will lead to advanced practitioner status and enhance your career prospects.

Key benefits:

• Strong clinical focus
• Facilitated work-based learning driven by client need and service redesign
• Protected learning time and support from practice-based mentors and assessors

Visit the website: http://www.salford.ac.uk/pgt-courses/advanced-practice-health-and-social-care

Suitable for

Professional health and social care practitioners who are supported by their employing organisation in an advanced practitioner training role. This programme is aligned with the NHS Knowledge and Skills Framework (Department of Health 2003). Required competencies are broadly determined by the NHS North West agreement and RCN guidance on Advanced Practice.

Programme details

This inter-professional course places work at the centre of learning. You'll have access to expertise and skills from a wide range of professionals including nonmedical consultants, advanced practitioners, medical practitioners and guest lecturers at the cutting-edge of health and social care. You can also draw on the expertise of professorial and research staff across the University.

Format

The facilitation strategies within the course will prepare you for the development of generic and specific practice at advanced level. In essence this course embraces the concept of learning at work to develop new ways of working and will develop the 'advanced practitioner' as outlined by the NHS North West Concordat for Advanced Practice (2009).

You will engage in critical self-assessment of knowledge and skills against appropriate competency frameworks in order to identify, in negotiation with their employer and academic supervisor, an individual learning pathway within the course.

The facilitation strategies for the course are dependent on sound group dynamics, trust and cohesion. The course will commence with an orientation programme, which will explore your expectations, roles and responsibilities, work based mentors and assessors and learning facilitators, along with confidentiality and other issues.

Facilitation will be complemented by academic and professional supervision

Module titles

This programme comprises a number of core and optional modules depending on the pathway you choose:

• Pathophysiology (30 credits)
• Clinical Examination (30 credits)
• Independent Learning (30 credits)
• Non-medical Prescribing (30 credits)
• Project Management and Methods of Inquiry (30 credits)
• Practitioner Competence (30 credits)
• Clinical Reasoning (30 credits)

Assessment

Assessment strategies have been developed to reflect the ethos and learning aims and objectives of individual modules and may include:

• Self assessment
• Peer assessment
• Practice-based assessments
• Critical reflective commentaries
• Portfolio of evidence
• Viva Voce
• OSCA
• Poster presentations
• Service delivery and organisational assessment and redesign
• Assessed essays
• Client management plans
• Written reports
• Unseen examinations

Career Prospects

This course is normally commissioned by the North West Workforce Modernisation Hub to meet the needs of modernising the NHS and workforce development. On completion, you will be eligible for a non-medical advanced practitioner role in your own specialist field such as midwifery, accident and emergency, radiography, mental health and intensive care outreach.

Graduates of this course have undertaken a wide variety of advanced practice roles within their own field of practice. Many have made a significant contribution to improving services for their patient group and have demonstrated evidence of the impact of their role.

Whilst many advanced practitioners remain in post, some have chosen to become non-medical consultants.

How to apply: http://www.salford.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/applying

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This award has been designed to facilitate the learning of the generic skills and knowledge essential to successful higher clinical practice. Read more

Overview

This award has been designed to facilitate the learning of the generic skills and knowledge essential to successful higher clinical practice. The emphasis is on stroke care, but also covers areas such as an understanding of Medical Education, Leadership for Health Professionals, Clinical Effectiveness and Research Methodology.

Each module consists of a mixture of different types of delivery, with some on line learning and face to face teaching, utilising a mixture of seminars, group work or short lectures.

There are a number of CORE modules and then a wide range of other generic modules that are optional. We have designed the award to be as flexible as possible, including enabling students to study some modules from other Keele awards.

See the website https://www.keele.ac.uk/pgtcourses/medicalsciencestroke/

Course Content

Each module is given a credit rating within the national Masters framework. These may be transferable from or to other institutions where the learning outcomes are comparable.
Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Science: 60 credits
Postgraduate Diploma in Medical Science: 120 credits
Masters in Medical Science: 180 credits
(The Masters Degree must be completed within five years of registration, the Diploma within four years and the Certificate within three years. It will be possible to complete a Masters Degree in Medical Science in two years.)

Core Modules :

Acute and Hyperacute Stroke (15 credits)
Acute stroke care is a rapidly changing field with new investigations and treatments emerging. This module will address acute stoke unit care, thrombolysis, advanced imaging (e.g. CT angiography, perfusion/diffusion imaging, MRI, transcranial Doppler) and interventional treatments (e.g. intra-arterial thrombolysis and thrombectomy) and integration of clinical practice with research. It aims to respond to the need for healthcare professionals who can rise to the challenge of rapid changes in stroke care. This module will provide technical updating and personal development for those involved in front line stroke services by using small group teaching, on-line exams and practice in audit to enhance service delivery.

Community Stroke: Prevention and Life after Stroke (15 credits)
The NHS of the future will need creative, imaginative healthcare professionals who can rise to the challenge of service redesign and improvement. This module, through a reflective portfolio of cases will enable students to develop as critical thinkers and use those skills to develop project proposals for changes to practice. Employers will see their staff develop the skills to research, argue for and develop projects that they can see will make a difference in the areas of stroke prevention and life after stroke. Students will learn the skills to turn their ideas into practice.

Stroke Service Development and Improvement (15 credits)
Mortality of stoke has significantly reduced over the last 10 years, and fewer patients remain dependent with changes in service delivery and improved care. This module further develops the ability of participants to become leaders and change managers in the field of stroke service provision. Building on the module Community Stroke: Prevention and Life After Stroke (which is a pre-requisite) those closest to the needs of patients will have the chance to implement their ideas for how services need to change. The key output of the module will be a result of a pilot developed, implemented and evaluated by the student.

Stroke Research (15 credits)
Research has led to great improvement in stroke care over the last decade. Through the infrastructure of stroke research networks more patients and staff are actively involved in the delivery of stroke research. This module has been designed to build on this experience of research and to enable participants to mover form delivering research to developing their own ideas into research projects. The development of an idea into a research protocol, user involvement, networking with professional bodies and other service providers, and becoming familiar with the grant application process will be covered. Students will meet experienced researchers, undertake private study and also receive feedback in small groups about their research ideas from peers and the module leader.

Optional Modules:

Concepts of Neurological Rehabilitation (15 credits)
Assistive Technologies in Neuromuscular Rehabilitation (15 credits)
Research Methods (15 credits)
Leadership and Management for Healthcare Professionals (15 credits)
Clinical Effectiveness (15 credits)
Contemporary Challenges in Healthcare Ethics and Law (15 credits)
Statistics and Epidemiology (15 credits)
Strategic Management of Patients with Long Term Conditions (15 credits).
The Interface between Primary and Secondary Care (15 credits)
Literature searching and synthesis (15 credits)

Dissertation:
The award of an MMedSci (Stroke) follows successful completion of the taught modules which make up the Diploma in Medical Science and submission of a further 60 credits worth of learning. This latter may be a research dissertation on a subject related to the individual’s specialty, in which case candidates will also be expected to have completed the Research Methods, Literature Searching and Synthesis, or the Statistics and Epidemiology modules depending on the type of research. A practice based project is another possibility, such as evaluation of changes implemented in a clinical setting, educational projects, or exploration of ethical dilemmas in policy and/or practice. It is expected to be a significant piece of work, and we encourage all students to consider aiming for publication of their findings. All candidates will be expected to have a local clinical supervisor for their project and educational supervision will continue to be provided by the award team. Previous experience has shown us that this is an extremely popular component of the Degree. Candidates have often published or presented their dissertation at Regional and National meetings.

Teaching & Assessment

Each module consists of a mixture of different types of delivery, with some on line learning and face to face teaching, utilising a mixture of seminars, group work or short lectures.

Additional Costs

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

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Take a journey through the four pillars of advanced nursing practice. Through the exploration of clinical practice, education, research and leadership, you’ll learn how to apply these to a higher level of contemporary and autonomous clinical nursing practice in your speciality. Read more
Take a journey through the four pillars of advanced nursing practice. Through the exploration of clinical practice, education, research and leadership, you’ll learn how to apply these to a higher level of contemporary and autonomous clinical nursing practice in your speciality.

See the website http://www.anglia.ac.uk/study/part-time/advanced-nursing-practice

Practising nursing at an advanced level is a demanding and challenging role. We'll help you develop the skills and expertise you need in order to provide advanced nursing care. Alongside this, you'll transform your existing nursing qualifications into an MSc in Advanced Nursing Practice accredited by the RCN.

With the choice to study in Cambridge or Chelmsford, you'll learn amongst other students with a particular interest in your chosen area of advanced nursing practice. It's a great opportunity to learn from each other. Together, you'll explore and apply the current policies, laws and procedures that apply to nursing patients at this advanced level.

We'll encourage you to delve into all areas of this field to extend your knowledge as much as possible. You'll not only strengthen your leadership and clinical decision-making skills, but also your ability to research, making effective use of evidence to support clinical practice.

You'll work with professionals from other disciplines which, together with the level of knowledge you'll gain from our course, will empower you to develop others through teaching and education.

When it comes to work placements, you'll need to already be employed in a care environment suitable to your chosen route through our course. Your manager should agree to provide you with a designated clinical supervisor, who will support and nurture your clinical practice while also ensuring it can be fully assessed.

See the website http://www.anglia.ac.uk/study/part-time/advanced-nursing-practice

Careers

Our course will provide you with the knowledge and skills to work at this higher level of nursing practice within the regional locality.

Upon successful completion of our course, you'll have the opportunity to remain in clinical practice within your chosen speciality, whether it's acute, emergency, critical or primary care. You'll also have the potential to take your career in alternative directions such as healthcare leadership, research or education.

Accreditation with the RCN also makes our course attractive to employers. It provides effective governance to assure that you have their fitness to practice as this higher level verified as purposeful, planned and supported by measurable and safe education. Such accreditation will empower employers to plan service redesign whilst developing new advanced nursing roles in a meaningful and targeted manner.

Core modules

Advanced Skills in Clinical Assessment
Advanced Non-Medical Prescribing
Advanced Nursing Practice in Context
Research Proposal
Major Project

Optional modules

Adult Acute Care
Advanced Management of Minor Injuries
Advanced Practice in Diabetes Care
Emergency Care
Facing Death: Patients, Families and Professionals
Specialist Mental Health Care
Minor Illness Assessment and Management

Please note that you will choose one of the above optional modules. Modules are subject to change.

Assessment

From traditional case study essays to an oral examination, we use a variety of assessment strategies with our course to get the most of your learning. You'll also have the exciting opportunity to be assessed through a work-based portfolio, which will demonstrate your transition from first level registrant to that of advanced nurse practitioner.

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A Royal College of Nursing accredited course, offering advanced level practice for nurse practitioners who provide direct care to patients, clients and service users. Read more
A Royal College of Nursing accredited course, offering advanced level practice for nurse practitioners who provide direct care to patients, clients and service users.

Who is it for?

This course has been designed for experienced Adult or Child nurses working in senior positions or those who are preparing for advanced nurse practitioner, care manager, nurse consultant or clinical leadership roles in primary, secondary, or tertiary healthcare settings.

As part of the course you will be required to complete a clinical work placement with appropriate supervision for physical assessment; therefore applicants must be nurses working in senior clinical positions.

Objectives

As a student on this course you will learn to work as an expert autonomous practitioner within all fields of healthcare.

You will gain contemporary theoretical and professional skills and knowledge in areas including clinical and direct care practice; leadership and collaborative practice; improving quality and developing practice for the self and others, for advance practice.

You will develop skills in research and applied data analysis as well as a deeper understanding of health and social care settings and the role of an advanced nurse practitioner.

The course will prepare you for new, efficient and ethical ways of working that offer better quality of life and quality of care by placing service users and carers at the centre of decision-making and service redesign.

City has been a trailblazer in providing excellent ANP education following introduction of advanced level education in the UK.

Placements

Students will need to undertake a minimum of 500 supervised supernumerary clinical hours for the duration of the course.

Academic facilities

The Clinical Skills Centre at City offers students excellent clinical training facilities. You will have access to a simulated six-bedded high dependency unit (HDU) with realistic equipment including piped oxygen, call bells, medicines and emergency equipment. In addition, medium fidelity simulators and laboratories, including a biology laboratory, will allow you to rehearse skills in preparation for practice in a range of placements, including clinics and people's homes.

The School of Health Science is one of the first health schools in the UK to open a Technology Enabled Care Studio, City TECS. City TECS is specially designed studio flat at our Northampton Square campus, fully equipped with the latest telehealth and telecare technologies providing City students with the unique opportunity to learn how to use the latest and future healthcare technologies while studying.

Teaching and learning

Students will learn from a variety of student-centred and patient focused teaching, learning and assessment strategies aimed at developing and assessing different knowledge, skills and attitudes. Learning strategies involve shared learning across Adult and Child routes with further consideration and specialisation for intensive branch specific tutorials.

Students have the opportunity to work within their practice or other health care settings, and learn from lecturers who are experienced advanced nurse practitioners engaged in active clinical practice. There will be extensive use of City's Virtual Learning Platform - Moodle - for a more interactive learning experience.

Assessment strategies include coursework, examinations, reports, seminar presentations, portfolios, skills schedules and objective structured clinical examinations (OSCEs). Students may be expected to take part in formative assessment activities during the modules in addition to the summative assessments for each module.

Modules

The course can only be undertaken on a part-time basis due to the clinical stream required. Students will usually attend lectures one day a week and consolidate their practice for the rest of the week.

In addition students will need to undertake a minimum of 500 supervised supernumerary clinical hours for the duration of the course.

Discipline-specific modules
-Introduction to research methods and applied data analysis (30 credits)
-Critical approaches to advanced practice (15 credits)
-Dissertation (60 credits)

Elective modules
-Advanced Physical Assessment, critical thinking and diagnostic reasoning across the lifespan (30 credits)
-Independent and supplementary non-medical prescribing (30 credits)
-Pathophysiological principles for advanced practice (15 credits)

Career prospects

As a graduate students will be able to influence nursing practice at both direct and indirect levels through the development of services and the application of research to clinical practice. The course prepares students for a range of roles including advanced nurse practitioner, nurse consultant and senior nurse manager in all healthcare settings working across the lifespan. Successful completion of the course fulfils the requirements for advanced practitioner roles in a range of health and social care contexts and qualifies students to apply for research posts and to conduct independent research.

This programme has been accredited by the RCN Centre for Professional Accreditation until September 2018.

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Developed by the Institute of Digital Healthcare at WMG, along with Warwick Medical School and National Health Service (NHS) partners from University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire, and University Hospitals Birmingham,. Read more

"Ensure the delivery of consistent high quality person-centric care"

Developed by the Institute of Digital Healthcare at WMG, along with Warwick Medical School and National Health Service (NHS) partners from University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire, and University Hospitals Birmingham,. This part-time MSc programme will provide a foundation for future health service management, with the essential knowledge to manage the integration of people, processes, systems and technologies to ensure the delivery of consistent high quality person-centric care.

Why Enrol?

As the service landscape around the delivery of care evolves, so will the jobs of those who oversee healthcare operational management. Managers in the sector will face unique challenges on the best ways to manage care while providing a diverse range of services. This will require a broad-based set of skills that can manage services successfully and efficiently while ensuring they are of the highest quality. An education in healthcare operational management will equip you with the skills required for working within key parts of the sector including direct healthcare providers, commissioner organisations, policy agencies, and industry.

This programme is tailored to suit the needs of both clinicians and non-clinicians, as they seek to understand demands on the organisation and identify key tasks and best practice in an evolving and complex service environment.

You may already lead teams and have managerial responsibilities in your current job, or you may be looking to develop a career in healthcare management. This course will enable you to effectively lead complex change within your organisation.

Who is it for?

- UK or overseas based professionals
- Clinicians wishing to develop a career in healthcare operational management
- Healthcare managers looking to build on their existing knowledge and skills
- Biomedical or Clinical Engineers, Medical Physicists, or Healthcare Technologists wishing to integrate health care technologies within complex service systems
- Graduates interested in careers as Managers, Directors and Healthcare Analysts within healthcare organizations
- Those pursuing a PhD or research career in e-Health, health or medical information

Modules

Core Modules

- Leading Change
- Quality and Productivity in Health Service Systems
- Operational Management and Clinical Systems Improvement

Elective Modules
You may select seven out of the following electives:

- e-Health Technologies and Informatics
- Use of Electronic Health Records
- Resource Management in Healthcare Service Delivery
- Patient Co-production in Healthcare Decision Making
- Epidemiology and Statistics
- Health Economics
- Medical Ethics and Governance
- Evidence-based Healthcare
- Global Health Systems

Learning Outcomes

This programme will provide you with the skills required by healthcare providers, commissioner organisations, policy agencies, and industry such as:

- A clear understanding of the strategies required to deliver services within an ever changing and evolving healthcare environment
- Tools to explore, develop, and implement necessary plans to deliver those strategies such as capacity, workforce, and quality
- The ability to understand and implement systems and processes that deliver improved effectiveness and efficiency of care
- Skills to manage complex workforce scenarios, service redesign, and evaluation of services
- The ability to engage with patients, their families, and carers to meet care expectations
- An understanding of ethics and regulatory affairs

“This MSc is a timely development to fill a widening skills gap. The role of operational management in healthcare has never been so complex. Colleagues need to juggle the immediate priorities of improving the quality of care for patients and maintain clinically appropriate waiting times against a backdrop of increasing demand and, in real terms, reduced resources. This MSc seeks to complement the generic skills gained through education or experience with the higher level skills required to succeed in one of the fastest moving industries in the world.”
Tim Jones
Executive Director of Delivery, University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust

“I am delighted to be a Director of the MSc in Healthcare Operational Management at WMG. As a senior clinician and medical manager, I recognise the need for training clinical and non-clinical staff in healthcare operational management. This MSc will provide an understanding of theoretical concepts and enable development of strategies to overcome the challenges we face in the NHS today”.
Professor Meghana Pandit. FRCOG, MBA
Chief Medical Officer & Deputy CEO, University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire NHS Trust

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The global burden of disease and challenges of safe and accessible health services means that more than ever practitioners and researchers need skills for developing, testing, evaluating and implementing evidence-based health care in highly complex situations. Read more

Overview

The global burden of disease and challenges of safe and accessible health services means that more than ever practitioners and researchers need skills for developing, testing, evaluating and implementing evidence-based health care in highly complex situations.

This programme provides you with the skills and knowledge to tackle these challenges.

This variation of the MSc Applied Health Services Research programme (http://www.exeter.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/medicine/health-services-research-msc/) is for those professionals who wish to engage actively at the forefront of health services research but who are not primary researchers within their place of work. It is suitable for people who are involved in evidence-based health service redesign and innovation, such as clinical practitioners, managers, leaders and commissioners both within the public or private sector.

You will be taught by the leading international experts and authors in complex interventions research methods. Topics such as patient and public involvement, collaborative working, evidence-based practice, complex interventions, health economics, clinical trials and medical statistics will provide a common thread that runs throughout the programme.

Modules and Delivery

The programme has been designed to be flexible and well-defined with two integrated and mandatory modules (each 30 Masters level credits) that can be studied on a part-time or full-time basis. A blended approach to learning will be achieved through taught sessions, bespoke tutorials, research exchange visits and practical exercises. All learning will be supported by online resources and moderated activities on the University of Exeter’s electronic learning environment (ELE). Expert tutors and guest lecturers will represent an appropriately diverse range of clinical and research backgrounds.

Attendance

Teaching for the programme takes place over one full day (Tuesdays -year 1, Wednesdays - year 2) for the part-time route, or two full days (Tuesday and Wednesday) for the full-time route. Teaching will take place between 9am and 5pm, however specific times may vary from module-to-module. Each module runs over 1 academic term, with 11 contact days per module timetabled with teaching staff.

Facilities

This programme is delivered at our St Luke’s Campus, which is home to the University of Exeter Medical School. The campus is a short walk from the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital and offers a range of research facilities and equipment. Students will be able to access resources used by our Institute of Health Research (http://medicine.exeter.ac.uk/research/healthresearch/)

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As a midwife registered with a relevant professional, statutory or equivalent regulatory body, this continuing professional development course offers you an opportunity to deepen and enhance your practice through the acquisition, extension and critical appraisal of your knowledge and skills. Read more
As a midwife registered with a relevant professional, statutory or equivalent regulatory body, this continuing professional development course offers you an opportunity to deepen and enhance your practice through the acquisition, extension and critical appraisal of your knowledge and skills. This will enhance your suitability for revalidation.

The course reflects professional, UK-wide, government and international benchmarks for advanced level practice for the health and social care workforce to equip students with the contemporary knowledge, professional and leadership skills for advanced level practice.

You will gain contemporary knowledge and skills in the areas of clinical and direct care practice, leadership and collaborative practice, improving quality and developing practice, and developing self and others.

The course prepares you for the development of new efficient and ethical ways of working that offer a better quality of life and quality of care by placing service users and carers at the centre of decision-making and service redesign.

Special features

This course offers flexible learning. You can study full or part-time to achieve a recognised academic award.

You can also take standalone units as short courses for professional development only. The methods of teaching vary between units and include face-to-face, online and distance learning methods. The leadership and managing change units will relate specifically to midwifery.

Teaching and learning

We use a range of teaching and learning methods, including face-to-face, blended and online/distance learning.

The course focuses on an active learning approach and is designed to prompt the discovery, processing and application of knowledge through collaboration and cooperation.

You will draw on your own experiences - both academic and work-based - when learning. The course will promote the construction of understanding through task-related activities and reflection.

We have extensive experience and good practice in online learning, with dedicated e-learning technologists to support you and our staff in making the most of the learning platform.

Coursework and assessment

You can undertake standalone units as short courses for professional development purposes only, or build up a selection of optional and compulsory course units to complete a PGCert or PGDip academic award and, on completion of a dissertation unit, an MSc.

The dissertation unit enables you to consolidate your learning by completing a piece of work from a range of options:
-Research grant proposal
-Full or adapted systematic review
-Report-based dissertation including: public health report/health needs assessment; service development/organisational change audit; evaluation of service delivery/policy

We use a range of assessments throughout the course to assess your knowledge and understanding and to develop your intellectual and practical skills.

Career opportunities

The course is structured around the real challenges facing advanced level midwifery practitioners, and each unit will draw from - and build on - your own professional experience.

This will enable you to apply your new knowledge to midwifery and mould the course to best suit your learning requirements.

Accrediting organisations

The Health and Care Professions Council ( HCPC ) has validated the following units:
-Multiprofessional Support of Learning and Assessment in Practice (Mentorship) (PDF, 208KB)
-Preparation of Supervisors of Midwives (POSOM) (PDF, 98KB)

The General Pharmaceutical Council has validated the following unit:
-Independent Prescribing

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As a nurse registered with a relevant professional, statutory or equivalent regulatory body, this continuing professional development course offers you an opportunity to deepen and enhance your practice through the acquisition, extension and critical appraisal of your knowledge and skills. Read more
As a nurse registered with a relevant professional, statutory or equivalent regulatory body, this continuing professional development course offers you an opportunity to deepen and enhance your practice through the acquisition, extension and critical appraisal of your knowledge and skills. This will enhance your suitability for revalidation.

The course reflects professional, UK-wide, government and international benchmarks for advanced level practice for the health and social care workforce to equip students with the contemporary knowledge, professional and leadership skills for advanced level practice.

You will gain contemporary knowledge and skills in the areas of clinical and direct care practice, leadership and collaborative practice, improving quality and developing practice, and developing self and others.

The course prepares you for the development of new efficient and ethical ways of working that offer a better quality of life and quality of care by placing service users and carers at the centre of decision-making and service redesign.

Special features

This course offers flexible learning. You can study full or part-time to achieve a recognised academic award.

You can also take standalone units as short courses for professional development only. The methods of teaching vary between units and include face-to-face, online and distance learning methods.

The leadership and managing change units will relate specifically to nursing.

Career opportunities

The course is structured around the real challenges facing advanced level nursing practitioners, and each unit will draw from - and build on - your own professional experience. This will enable you to apply your new knowledge to nursing and mould the course to best suit your learning requirements.

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As an allied healthcare practitioner registered with a relevant professional, statutory or equivalent regulatory body, this continuing professional development course offers you an opportunity to deepen and enhance your practice through the acquisition, extension and critical appraisal of your knowledge and skills. Read more
As an allied healthcare practitioner registered with a relevant professional, statutory or equivalent regulatory body, this continuing professional development course offers you an opportunity to deepen and enhance your practice through the acquisition, extension and critical appraisal of your knowledge and skills. This will enhance your suitability for revalidation.

The course reflects professional, UK-wide government and international benchmarks for advanced level practice for the health and social care workforce to equip students with the contemporary knowledge, professional and leadership skills for advanced level practice.
You will gain contemporary knowledge and skills in the areas of clinical and direct care practice, leadership and collaborative practice, improving quality and developing practice, and developing self and others.

The course prepares you for the development of new efficient and ethical ways of working that offer a better quality of life and quality of care by placing service users and carers at the centre of decision-making and service redesign.

Teaching and learning

We use a range of teaching and learning methods, including face to face, blended and online learning. The course focuses on an active learning approach and is designed to prompt the discovery, processing and application of knowledge through collaboration and cooperation.

You will draw on your own experiences - both academic and work-based - when learning. The course will promote the construction of understanding through task-related activities and reflection.

We have extensive experience and good practice in online learning, with dedicated e-learning technologists to support you and our staff to make the most of the learning platform.

Coursework and assessment

You can undertake standalone course units, or build up a selection of optional and core units and then undertake a dissertation to complete the master's course.

A range of assessments are utilised to assess your knowledge and understanding and to develop intellectual and practical skills.

The dissertation unit enables you to consolidate your learning and demonstrate the achievement of outcomes by undertaking a project focused on a specific aspect of practice.

Course unit details

This is an academic structure for continuing professional development which:
-Offers flexibility, choice and high quality postgraduate education that is responsive to individual and employer needs
-Facilitates an individual choice of units
-Shares teaching and research expertise from across the School through inter-disciplinary provision

Career opportunities

The course is structured around the real challenges facing advanced level practitioners and each unit will draw from, and build on, your own professional experience.

This will enable you to apply your new knowledge to your own area of practice and mould the programme to best suit your learning requirements.

Accrediting organisations

The Nursing and Midwifery Council ( NMC ) have validated the following units available in this framework:
-Multiprofessional Support of Learning and Assessment in Practice (Mentorship)
-Preparation of Supervisors of Midwives
-Independent Prescribing - also validated by the General Pharmaceutical Council

Associated organisations

Some course units are delivered in partnership with the Christie Hospital and the Central Manchester NHS Foundation Trust that are National Centres of Excellence.

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As a social work registered with a relevant professional, statutory or equivalent regulatory body, this continuing professional development course offers you an opportunity to deepen and enhance your practice through the acquisition, extension and critical appraisal of your knowledge and skills. Read more
As a social work registered with a relevant professional, statutory or equivalent regulatory body, this continuing professional development course offers you an opportunity to deepen and enhance your practice through the acquisition, extension and critical appraisal of your knowledge and skills. This will enhance your suitability for revalidation.

The course reflects professional, UK-wide, government and international benchmarks for advanced level practice for the health and social care workforce to equip students with the contemporary knowledge, professional and leadership skills for advanced level practice.

ou will gain contemporary knowledge and skills in the areas of clinical and direct care practice, leadership and collaborative practice, improving quality and developing practice, and developing self and others.

The course prepares you for the development of new efficient and ethical ways of working that offer a better quality of life and quality of care by placing service users and carers at the centre of decision-making and service redesign.

Teaching and learning

We use a range of teaching and learning methods, including face-to-face, blended and online/distance learning.

The course focuses on an active learning approach and is designed to prompt the discovery, processing and application of knowledge through collaboration and cooperation.

You will draw on your own experiences - both academic and work-based - when learning. The course will promote the construction of understanding through task-related activities and reflection.

The School has extensive experience and good practice in online learning, with dedicated e-learning technologists to support you and our staff in making the most of the learning platform.

Coursework and assessment

You can undertake standalone units as short courses for professional development purposes only, or build up a selection of optional and compulsory course units to complete a PGCert or PGDip academic award and, on completion of a dissertation unit, an MSc.

The dissertation unit enables you to consolidate your learning by completing a piece of work from a range of options:
-Research grant proposal
-Full or adapted systematic review
-Report-based dissertation including: public health report/health needs; service development/organisational change audit; evaluation of service delivery/policy

We use a range of assessments throughout the course to assess your knowledge and understanding and to develop your intellectual and practical skills.

Course unit details

This is an academic structure for continuing professional development that:
-Offers flexibility, choice and high quality postgraduate education that is responsive to individual and employer needs
-Facilitates an individual choice of units
-Shares teaching and research expertise from across the Faculty through interdisciplinary provision

Associated organisations

The Health and Care Professions Council ( HCPC ) and the Nursing and Midwifery Council ( NMC ) have validated the following units:
-Multiprofessional Support of Learning and Assessment in Practice (Mentorship) (PDF, 208KB)
-Preparation of Supervisors of Midwives (POSOM) (PDF, 98KB)

The General Pharmaceutical Council has validated the following unit:
-Independent Prescribing

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The master’s degree program grants 60 credits. The program strives to build specialist skills and to enable innovation and entrepreneurship, students will be able to. Read more
The master’s degree program grants 60 credits

The program strives to build specialist skills and to enable innovation and entrepreneurship, students will be able to:
- define systemic innovation models for services
- use theoretical and critical skills to identify design fields suited to orienting and defining the project’s prerequisites
- use observation and analysis of user experience to determine a user-centered vision of complex interaction processes
- use specialist service design tools and know how to manage their adaptation or redesign
- manage all the phases of conceiving, designing, developing, and implementing a service in an advanced perspective

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Occupational Therapy (OT) at Brunel is one of the largest, longest established, and most highly regarded programmes in the world. Read more

About the course

Occupational Therapy (OT) at Brunel is one of the largest, longest established, and most highly regarded programmes in the world. In fact, we are the original ‘London School of Occupational Therapy.’

The MSc Occupational Therapy (Pre-Registration) provides a Master's level route for graduates to become competent occupational therapists equipped for life-long, safe and effective practice within the global marketplace. This course is for those who are not already qualified as occupational therapists. It is a professional full-time programme, which will prepare you to become a competent occupational therapist in a variety of health and social care settings. It also allows students to be eligible to apply for:

Registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
Membership of the British Association of Occupational Therapists/College of Occupational Therapists.

In December 2016 our programme was granted “Preaccreditation Status” by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE), which confirms that Brunel has successfully completed steps one and two in the three-step accreditation process – see more at AOTA OT Master's-Level Programs - Developing and visit our Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) information page.

The programme will now proceed with step three – the on-site evaluation, scheduled for April 2017, followed by an accreditation decision by mid-2017.

Aims

This programme differs from other Master's programmes in that it is a professional programme at postgraduate level and is full-time. It is not for those who are already qualified occupational therapists. Nevertheless, this course aims to prepare you to become a competent occupational therapist equipped for lifelong, safe and effective practice in a variety of health and social care settings. We provide a high quality educational programme, which ensures that you are properly qualified, prepared and safe to practise.

Occupational therapy students typically choose this career for the following reasons:

variety of work
the challenge
personal and one-to-one contact
client/patient appreciation
its holistic approach
the desire to help disabled people
to work in health settings
job availability
the chance to be creative.

If you are considering studying Occupational Therapy at Brunel University London then you are committed to working jointly with the NHS to demonstrate the values and beliefs of the NHS Constitution.

NHS values
Patients, public and staff have helped develop this expression of values that inspire passion in the NHS and that should underpin everything it does. Individual organisations will develop and build upon these values, tailoring them to their local needs. The NHS values provide common ground for co-operation to achieve shared aspirations, at all levels of the NHS.

Course Content

Programme Structure

The MSc (pre-registration or pre-reg) occupational therapy programme benefits from being integrated with other programmes within the College of Health and Life Sciences. In their first year of study, MSc (pre-registration) occupational therapy students undertake components from a number of the current BSc modules/study blocks, as well as shared teaching with post-graduate students from the divisions of occupational therapy, physiotherapy, social work and community health and nursing studies. In their second year of study, students share modules with other post-graduate students within the division of occupational therapy. Where learning is shared with the undergraduates, the content has been integrated into master's level modules and is assessed at master's level.

The programme comprises two years full time study. Taught modules are within a three-term structure. To provide a balance between academic and practice placements and still meet the minimum of 1,000 hours of practice placements required by the World Federation of Occupational Therapists and the College of Occupational Therapists, three of the practice placement modules extend beyond the term boundaries over the summer.

Academic modules are based at Brunel University in Uxbridge and practice placement modules are provided in a range of health and social care setting and increasingly in voluntary and private organisations including non-traditional settings.

Year One: The Skilled Practitioner – the How, What and Why of Occupational Therapy
Year 1 of the programme introduces students to the "how, what and why" of occupational therapy and aims to give them the opportunity to develop, explore and critique the core occupational concepts and skills of the profession in depth. The arrangement of study blocks and the two practice placement modules (that occur prior to the commencement of academic study in year 2), allow for a reciprocal exchange of academic knowledge and professional skills that develop the student’s understanding and knowledge of the profession further. Applying and evaluating research in practice is essential for occupational therapists, who are required to adopt evidence-based practice. Therefore the students are made aware from the onset of the programme of how research impacts on practice through clinical reasoning and decision-making skills gained in study blocks and also an inter-professional module HH5609: Approaches to Research.

Year Two: Mastery of Occupational Therapy – Advancing Practice
Year 2 of the programme aims to provide students with a more advanced exploration of the occupational therapy profession. Students acquire mastery in critical knowledge and evaluation of key issues on professional practice as well as critical analysis, synthesis and evaluation of theoretical concepts central to occupational therapy. In addition, students study one optional module that enables an in-depth consideration of a specialist area of current practice. Students’ research skills are further enhanced in the second year and culminate in the students producing a research thesis, in the form of a detailed research dissertation. There are two practice placements in Year 2, one at the beginning of the year and one at the end.

Core Modules

Year 1

Introduction to Occupational Therapy Theory and Philosophy
Informing Sciences
Knowledge and Skills for Occupational Therapy 1
The Process of Occupational Therapy Practice
Preparing for the Work Place 1
Occupational Therapy Practice in Context
Knowledge and Skills for Occupational Therapy 2
Lifestyle Redesign Through Occupation
Preparation for Dissertation

Year 2

Preparing for the Work Place 2
Strategies and Visions for Professional Development
People and Communities
The Art and Science of Occupational Therapy

Optional Modules

Occupational Therapy for Children, Young People and their Families
Occupational Therapy in Mental Health
Occupational Therapy in Neurorehabilitation
Occupational Therapy for Active Ageing

Immunisation requirements for the course

Please be aware that the University does not pay for any of the vaccinations or blood tests required to undertake this course, this is the responsibility of each applicant. The University does not offer a service to provide these and therefore we recommend you go to your GP or local travel clinic and start as early as possible. Until the University has evidence that you have these immunisations we will not be able to allow you to enter the clinical environment on practice placement so it is vital that you meet these requirements, ideally before you commence study. You must obtain immunisation against the following and further information can be found on the NHS website.

Please be aware that as occupational therapy students you will be working in hospitals and therefore in contact with patients who have infections so these immunisations are required for students as outlined in the Green Book by the Department of Health.

Hepatitis B x 3 vaccinations over a 6 month period and a blood test is then taken 6-8 weeks after the third dose, to check that the vaccinations have worked. Please note that the Hep B vaccination programme from the initial first vaccination to blood test upon completion, takes 8 months.
Also required is Polio & Tetanusè Rubella, Measles or MMR x 2 è BCG è Varicella Zoster, and evidence of chicken pox or vaccination x 2, or blood test to confirm immunity.
Blood tests are required for Hepatitis B and also for Measles, Rubella and Chicken Pox if there is no evidence in the students medical records. Immunisations are compulsory and are required for clinical placements.

Teaching

The programme reflects educational developments and encourages reflection, self-reliance and deep learning in the programme - to prepare students for the challenges of employment within a changing health and social care system.

Teaching, learning and assessment are designed to ensure that successful students are able to:

Seek out, appraise critically and use appropriate sources of knowledge and expertise within their academic and practice-related studies.
Utilise intellectual, subject-specific and key transferable skills.
Reflect on their experiences and learn from these.

Students’ learning is also supported by web based resources on Blackboard Learn with all modules having lecture and tutorial material posted on this site. Other features of Blackboard Learn are also utilised, such as on-line tests, virtual blackboards, discussion groups and podcasts.

The teaching and learning approaches are founded on the belief that occupational therapy should be grounded in evidence. This is achieved through the integration of academic and practice education which encourages evidence-based activity.

Programme, study and module block descriptors delineate learning outcomes to ensure clarity and promote the active preparation of students. Placements require students to reflect on their personal strengths and weaknesses and set objectives for their learning.
Completion of student evaluation forms requires students to appraise their own learning experiences.

All study and module blocks are core to the curriculum apart from one optional module in the second year, which must be chosen from four options. All modules are compulsory. This policy was adopted to ensure the programme meets with the professional requirements of the Health and Care Professions Council and the College of Occupational Therapists.

Assessment

The assessment procedures within the programme reflect the learning outcomes of each study and module block. Assessments are carried out in assessment blocks. The University term structure allows the student to have assessments spread across the academic year to assist learning.

In order to promote independent learning, a variety of assessment modes are used such as case studies, essays, practical assessments, placement reports, presentations, written examinations, literature reviews and a research dissertation. These assessments are designed to not only reflect master’s level academic requirements, but also professional skills in preparation for practice.

At the beginning of each year the student is provided with the assessment schedule, including assessment and feedback dates. Each assessment is explained clearly to students, both verbally and in the programme handbook, giving notification of assignment block requirements early in the commencement of the relevant study or module blocks. This information is also provided via Blackboard Learn (BBL). Preparation for assessment blocks is co-ordinated by the relevant year leader and undertaken through identified sessions within study blocks.

Special Features

You will complete an integrated research dissertation as part of the Master’s.

You will have the opportunity to work and learn with international students.

You will have the opportunity to learn in a wide range of practice areas.

The programme is accredited by the College of Occupational Therapists (COT) and the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). It is recognised by the World Federation of Occupational Therapy.

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