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Current health and social care frameworks regard spiritual care as an essential component of health and wellbeing and all health and social care professionals should assess and respect the spiritual and religious beliefs of patients and their carers. Read more
Current health and social care frameworks regard spiritual care as an essential component of health and wellbeing and all health and social care professionals should assess and respect the spiritual and religious beliefs of patients and their carers. But what does that mean? This certificate programme enables health and social care professionals to draw from their own professional experience and to gain knowledge and skills of the multicultural, ethical, legal and safe provision of spiritual and religious care in practice.

Why this programme

-The programme enables students from across the UK and the world to benefit from Scotland's leading role in the development of spiritual and religious care in health and social care and it's published resources.
-This distance learning programme enables students to engage in advanced professional education relevant to their health and social care practice and gain a recognised postgraduate award from a leading University.
-For Health and Social Care professionals: the programme dispels the many popular misconceptions around spiritual and religious care and is rooted in a capability and competence based approach to delivering spiritual and religious care as it relates to the student's clinical role and setting.
-For Health and Social Care Chaplains not resident in the UK: The programme has been developed from the highly successful PC Certificate in Healthcare Chaplaincy. It enables prospective and exisiting Health and Social Care Chaplains from around the world to study their field without the need for a UK based students chaplaincy placement.
-Existing and prospective Health and Social Care Chaplains resident in the UK should consider the PgCert in Spiritual and Religious Care in Healthcare Programme which is accredited by the UK Board of Healthcare Chaplaincy for professional registration.
-This programme is delivered by highly experienced and published experts in the field of spiritual and religious care in health and social care. All teaching staff maintain a clinical role in hospitals, hospices and the community that enhances and informs their expertise.

[[Programme structure
Students study three courses:
-Principles of Spiritual and Religious Care in Health and Social Care
-Spiritual and Religious Care in Health and Social Care Practice
-Advanced Health and Social Care Practice

Studying online

Online distance learning at the University of Glasgow allows you to benefit from the outstanding educational experience that we are renowned for -without having to relocate to our campus.
You do not need to have experience of studying online as you will be guided through how to access and use all of our online resources.

Virtual learning
You will connect with your fellow students and tutors through our virtual learning environment where you will have access to a multitude of learning resources including:
-Recorded lectures
-Live seminars
-Videos
-Interactive quizzes
-Journal articles
-Electronic books and other web resources

A global community
As an online student at the University you will become part of a global community of learners. Community building and collaborative learning is a key focus of our online delivery and you will be encouraged and supported to interact with your fellow classmates and tutors in a number of ways. For example, through the discussions areas on our virtual learning environment, by skype, during live seminars and in our virtual campus on Second Life.

Supported
Great emphasis is placed on making sure you feel well supported in your learning and that you have good interactions with everyone on the programme. Support is available in a number of ways and you will find out more about this during orientation.

All you need to participate in our online programmes is a computer and internet access.

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Current health and social care frameworks regard spiritual care as an essential component of health and wellbeing and all health and social care professionals should assess and respect the spiritual and religious beliefs of patients and their carers. Read more
Current health and social care frameworks regard spiritual care as an essential component of health and wellbeing and all health and social care professionals should assess and respect the spiritual and religious beliefs of patients and their carers. But what does that mean? This certificate programme enables health and social care professionals to draw from their own professional experience and to gain knowledge and skills of the multicultural, ethical, legal and safe provision of spiritual and religious care in practice.

Why this programme

-The programme enables students from across the UK and the world to benefit from Scotland's leading role in the development of spiritual and religious care in health and social care and it's published resources.
-This distance learning programme enables students to engage in advanced professional education relevant to their health and social care practice and gain a recognised postgraduate award from a leading University.
-For Health and Social Care professionals: the programme dispels the many popular misconceptions around spiritual and religious care and is rooted in a capability and competence based approach to delivering spiritual and religious care as it relates to the student's clinical role and setting.
-For Health and Social Care Chaplains not resident in the UK: The programme has been developed from the highly successful PC Certificate in Healthcare Chaplaincy. It enables prospective and exisiting Health and Social Care Chaplains from around the world to study their field without the need for a UK based students chaplaincy placement.
-Existing and prospective Health and Social Care Chaplains resident in the UK should consider the PgCert in Spiritual and Religious Care in Healthcare Programme which is accredited by the UK Board of Healthcare Chaplaincy for professional registration.
-This programme is delivered by highly experienced and published experts in the field of spiritual and religious care in health and social care. All teaching staff maintain a clinical role in hospitals, hospices and the community that enhances and informs their expertise.

Programme structure

Students study three courses:
-Principles of Spiritual and Religious Care in Health and Social Care
-Spiritual and Religious Care in Health and Social Care Practice
-Advanced Health and Social Care Practice

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The MSc in Management in Health and Social Care welcomes UK, EU and international applicants who want to study health and social care management and leadership at an advanced level. Read more
The MSc in Management in Health and Social Care welcomes UK, EU and international applicants who want to study health and social care management and leadership at an advanced level.

This programme is exclusively focused on developing your insight, understanding and leadership of the complex and changing health and social care environment. It gives you knowledge and perspective of the wider care system that can help you further your managerial career.

This course will help you to manage effectively and lead with confidence. It provides you with strategic insight, business acumen and a sound understanding of operational delivery and leading systems change. You will gain the skills needed for leading innovation, collaboration and partnership that bring about tangible results to the delivery of care.

See the website http://www.brookes.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/management-in-health-and-social-care/

Course length

Full-time: MSc: 12 months, PGDip: 12 months
Part-time: MSc: up to 3 years, PGDip: 12-18 months, PGCert: 12 months

Why choose this course?

- You will gain a whole system perspective on health and social care management, with teaching that combines rigorous academic theory and practical application.

- You will strengthen your career options through the programme's focus on professional development and practical application.

- You will develop strategic insight, knowledge and understanding of health and social care organisations and economies that will equip you to lead these organisations in the 21st century.

- Through the extensive and close links with practice areas across a diverse range of health and social care settings, both within the UK and through our Erasmus programme, you will be able to explore different approaches to care and gain new insight into the global issues, challenges and opportunities within the sector.

- You will learn within a multi- and inter-professional environment that offers excellent opportunities for shared learning.

- We are committed to supporting your learning needs by providing flexible and accessible approaches to our teaching by providing highly flexible continuing professional development (CPD) study opportunities with part-time, full-time and mixed modality options (including opportunities for blended and distance learning).

- In addition to our own excellent libraries and resource centres, our postgraduate students have access to the world-renowned Bodleian Library, the Bodleian Law Library and the Radcliffe Science Library.

- We have an excellent track record of high levels of student satisfaction, low student attrition rates and high employability.

Teaching and learning

We use a range of innovative learning and teaching methods - for example seminars, learning sets as well as blended and online learning. Study for each single module taken will amount to 200 hours over the semester, delivered in morning and afternoon face-to-face sessions and in online learning activities which students access offsite at convenient times. Our philosophy is to promote management and leadership competency through better understanding of the self, the organisation and the working environment.

We also aim to help make a difference to your organisation through the application of learning and evidence-based management to your work. Therefore assignments use real workplace issues to add value and maximise benefits to your professional role.

The course is designed to be flexible, enabling you to tailor your learning so that you can cover topics suited to your own professional development needs:

Accredited courses
- Traditional Study
- Intensive Study

Non-accredited CPD courses
- Managing Health and Social Care data
- Optimising Systems for Better Outcomes in Health and Social Care
- Practical Approaches to Service Innovation and Improvement
- Project Management in Health and Social Care
- Quality Improvement in Health and Social Care
- Supervision in Health and Social Care

Specialist facilities

We put the student at the heart of everything we do and are fully committed to each individual achieving their potential. We offer a broad range of student support schemes to facilitate learning and development. Academic Advisers give you both academic and personal support.

How this course helps you develop

Successful completion of the course will equip you to deal with the challenges of an ever changing and complex health and social care environment; you will learn theory to give you the big picture and critical thinking to apply it in practice.

Our philosophy is to promote management and leadership competency through better understanding of the self, the organisation and the working environment. The whole systems approach, the emphasis on applying theory to practice combined with personal development focus should enable you to become competent and confident managers and leaders locally, nationally or internationally.

We also aim to help make a difference to your organisation through the application of learning and evidence-based management to your work. Therefore assignments use real workplace issues to add value and maximise benefits to your professional role.

Careers

The qualifications associated with the course will be of value in consolidating your existing leadership role and/or contributing to your career development.

Free language courses for students - the Open Module

Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.

Please note that the free language courses are not available if you are:
- studying at a Brookes partner college
- studying on any of our teacher education courses or postgraduate education courses.

Research highlights

Our academic staff have a significant record of research and publications on the topics of management and leadership. Furthermore the Professional Education and Leadership course team have research and publication interests in the fields of coaching and mentoring, and inter-professional and work-based learning. The currency of the course is also assured by the lecturers' close involvement in the health and social care sector and their movement between that sector and education.

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Our MRes Health and Social Care course is designed to give you an in-depth understanding of and skills in theoretical underpinnings and research methods relevant to applied research in contemporary health and social care contexts. Read more

Our MRes Health and Social Care course is designed to give you an in-depth understanding of and skills in theoretical underpinnings and research methods relevant to applied research in contemporary health and social care contexts.

The course is designed for those who want to pursue a career in health and/or social care where research is a core component. Most of the units on this course are shared with other MSc and PhD programmes.

You will learn how to conduct and apply health and social care research to practice at both an individual and organisational level, drawing on the expertise of renowned lecturers and practitioners from fields including social work, nursing, midwifery, speech and language therapy, audiology, psychology and medicine.

The bulk of the course content is delivered online and is complemented by two compulsory four-day campus-based introductory and winter study schools, and one mid-semester study day in both Semester 1 and 2.

Aims

This course aims to:

  • enable you to further develop systematic, in-depth knowledge and critical understanding of the nature, purposes, methods and application of research relevant to health and social care practice at an individual and/or organisational level;
  • contribute to building capacity and capability for research and evidence-based practice by equipping you with in-depth knowledge and essential skills to critically appraise, apply, design and undertake high-quality research in a range of health and social care settings;
  • enhance the quality and evidence base for health and social care research, practice and service development through the provision of robust research training in a stimulating, challenging and supportive learning environment that draws on outstanding resources and expertise in research and practice;
  • promote lifelong learning and enhance opportunities to pursue a variety of research careers and/or further research training that support and advance clinical and health and social care knowledge, research and practice;
  • equip you with key transferable skills in critical reasoning and reflection, effective communication, team and multi-disciplinary working, use of IT/health informatics and logical and systematic approaches to problem-solving and decision-making.

Special features

Interdisciplinary focus

You will learn from nationally and internationally renowned lecturers and practitioners from fields including nursing, midwifery, social work, speech and language therapy, physiotherapy, audiology, psychology and medicine.

Strong collaborations

This course has strong links with other subjects within the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health, as well as the NHS and social care organisations.

Teaching and learning

This course is primarily delivered online to maximise access and increase flexibility. Online components are complemented by opportunities for face-to-face learning and networking between students, course and research staff through two four-day campus-based introductory and winter study schools and two mid-semester study days.

The relationship and communication between academic staff and students is recognised as an essential element of the learning process. We maintain high standards of supervision and communication through:

  • individual and group web-based audio-visual tutorials;
  • web-based collaboration areas and discussion boards;
  • shared digital documents;
  • online, telephone and face-to-face support from supervisor and academic advisors;
  • peer support through course-specific discussion boards and face-to-face meetings.

Coursework and assessment

We use a variety of summative assessment methods that enable the integration of theory and practice. These methods build on continuous formative assessment exercises that are part of each unit with a variety of interactive, stimulating online exercises, with regular self-assessment and feedback being a key feature.

Course unit details

The MRes route comprises six taught units (90 academic credits in total) and a 90-credit dissertation unit comprising a thesis derived from a supervised, research project relevant to health and/or social care.

The PGDip route comprises six taught units (90 academic credits in total) and a mini-dissertation (30 academic credits).

The PGCert comprises four taught units (60 academic credits in total).

Year 1

Full-time study

Six taught units in the following areas, plus a dissertation:

  • Foundations of research or Managing research in a clinical setting
  • Research design
  • Critical appraisal and evidence synthesis
  • Quantitative research design and analysis
  • Qualitative research design and analysis
  • Statistics

Part-time study

Four taught units from the following areas:

  • Foundations of research or Managing research in a clinical setting
  • Research design
  • Critical appraisal and evidence synthesis
  • Quantitative research design and analysis
  • Qualitative research design and analysis
  • Statistics

Year 2

Part-time study

Two taught units from the following areas, plus a dissertation:

  • Critical appraisal and evidence synthesis
  • Quantitative research design and analysis
  • Qualitative research design and analysis
  • Statistics

Facilities

This course is based in Jean McFarlane Building, which houses seminar rooms, IT facilities, clinical and interpersonal skills laboratories and lecture theatres.

The University of Manchester offers extensive library and online services to help you get the most out of your studies.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability and Advisory Support Service 

Career opportunities

This course is designed for health and social care professionals and others who seek a research career or require research training as a constituent part of their current or future roles. It is also for researchers who want research training focused on health and social care.

The course provides a comprehensive education and training in health and social care research as an excellent foundation for PhD study.

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IN BRIEF. Develop yourself within three areas. education; leadership; and service improvement, transformation and reform. Support your career progression within the field of educational leadership (NMC Practice Teacher, Teacher and Stage 1 Practice Educator (The College of Social Work). Read more

IN BRIEF:

  • Develop yourself within three areas: education; leadership; and service improvement, transformation and reform
  • Support your career progression within the field of educational leadership (NMC Practice Teacher, Teacher and Stage 1 Practice Educator (The College of Social Work)
  • Advance your personal growth as a leader of education so that you can deliver excellent health and social care now and in the future
  • A part-time only course

COURSE SUMMARY

What is becoming increasingly apparent is the correlation between the highly skilled health and social care workforce that has the right skills, behaviours and education, and the delivery of excellent health and social care and an ability to transform services. There is clear recognition of how the educated workforce can effectively contribute towards the transformation of services and support the implementation of health and social care reform.

This UK and internationally dynamic course is aimed at all professionals including allied health professionals, health care scientists, nurses, midwives, doctors, and social workers who want to develop the knowledge, skills, qualities and behaviours to be effective leaders of health and social care education. The course combines education, leadership and service improvement and reform.

By the end of the course you will be able to: horizon scan and undertake educational leadership roles within a changing and complex health and social care environment; base your education and leadership practices on sound research and evidence based practice; lead an education based project for the benefit of service user and or service improvements; and advance your personal growth and self- belief as a leader of health and social care education. You will learn the skills to empower yourself and others to deliver health and social care reform and transformation through the leadership of health and social care education. You will develop in confidence and have the ability to try new and creative approaches to the work place, deal with complex educational leadership situations and provide effective educational /service outcomes.

The strength of the course is that it can be attended on a full or part-time basis and there are options for you to use credits from any existing postgraduate educational studies (NMC Stage 3 Practice Teacher and Stage 4 Teacher Award) towards the masters programme.

COURSE DETAILS

This Masters course will provide you with real opportunities to develop your educational leadership skills and confidence for the benefit of practice; service; workforce development and themselves personally, professionally and academically. The strength of this course lies in its application to practice enabling you to apply new knowledge and skills to work. The range of knowledge, skills and attitudes required of an effective leader of health and social care education have been carefully developed into specialist modules.

You will be supported by an experienced leadership mentor who will help you analyse, reflect upon and develop as an educational leader. Your development will be targeted and evidenced against a recognised leadership quality framework and other educational frameworks such as NMC Practice Teacher (as applicable). We will also develop your skills of evidence based practice including searching for, appraising, implementing and evaluating the evidence. For added value, the course also offers master classes, giving you the opportunity to further explore and develop the knowledge, skills and qualities required to effectively lead within an education context.

If you want to implement education focused quality improvements that are locally led, patient-centred and clinically driven, this course will help you:

  • Explore the challenges and opportunities to influence educational policy that impacts on patient and service outcomes
  • Understand yourself as a leader of education and to enhance your knowledge, skills and qualities
  • Develop the skills to manage an education focused change in complex and changing health care settings
  • Develop project management skills and implement an education focused  change management project

TEACHING

The mode of delivery is via:

  • Master classes
  • seminars
  • Action learning Sets
  • Peer teaching
  • Flipped classroom approach
  • Student –centred approach
  • Techniques that support you to discuss and manage real life educational leadership issues

The course design is flexible enough to align with the specifics of your own particular area of educational practice and /or subject focus. This helps you tailor your study and learning directly around your own interests and specific goals.

ASSESSMENT

Assessment strategies reflect the real world recognising that you as educational leader have to present, report, justify, reflect, defend and write critically. You will be given opportunities to develop these skills throughout the programme. The programme therefore allows for a variety of assessments, depending on the module you will be undertaking, and include:

  • Patchwork Text Assessment that demonstrates the skills required to plan for an educational change
  • Compilation of an E-portfolio which demonstrates critical analysis of teaching in an academic context
  • Poster Presentation to critically explore an aspect of clinical teaching and learning in education
  • Production of an evidence based business plan relating to an educational change
  • Develop and lead an education focused project

EMPLOYABILITY

  • Completing CPD is now an essential part of maintaining your professional registration.
  • By undertaking CPD modules and courses, students demonstrate to employers a commitment to the profession.
  • Undertaking modules leads to better career prospects and promotion.
  • Modules are aligned to the College of Social Work’s Professional Capabilities Framework ASYE, Social Worker, Experienced Social Worker, and Advanced social worker levels.
  • Successful completion of the course demonstrates your capability to become a Strategic level social worker.
  • The course supports The College of Social Work developmental pathways of Professional Social Work Educator, Advanced Social Work Practitioner and Social Work Manager.

CAREER PROSPECTS

Following completion of the course you will have developed the expertise to lead education in health and social care contexts. There are opportunities for you to use credits from any existing postgraduate educational studies (NMC Stage 3 Practice Teacher and Stage 4 Teacher Award) towards this Master’s programme. This provides you with a flexible and dynamic educational leadership career pathway. Indeed this is a real strength of attending the programme.

FURTHER STUDY

  • PGC Leading Education in Practice: NMC Stage 3 Practice Teacher Award


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The Masters programme and the PG Certs are attractive to anyone working in a health and social care setting with a desire to build on their knowledge and practical experience through relevant multi-professional learning and research. Read more

The Masters programme and the PG Certs are attractive to anyone working in a health and social care setting with a desire to build on their knowledge and practical experience through relevant multi-professional learning and research. They will enable graduates to demonstrate a critical awareness of a range of complex issues associated with leadership in the allied health professions and critically evaluate evidence in this area to improve practice.

The professional group attracted to these courses include a wide range of professions from across the health and social care field, including: Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Nurses, Social Workers, Care Workers, a range of Allied Health Professionals, Medical Staff and Podiatrists.

Course Structure

Study options include a Master's degree, or a PG Cert for those who want to gain an understanding of the subject but do not wish to conduct a full scale research project or commit to a longer period of study.

  • MSc Leadership in Health and Social Care
  • PG Cert Innovation and Leadership in Health and Social Care
  • PG Cert Resilience and Leadership in Health and Social Care

Compulsory modules for the MSc include:

PG Cert Innovation and Leadership in Health and Social Care:

PG Cert Resilience and Leadership in Health and Social Care:

Programme specification

Further information on this course is available in the programme specification. Please note that the programme specification relates to course content that is currently being studied by students at the University. For new programmes, the programme specification will be made available online prior to the start of the course.

Learning support

York St John University works hard to create an inclusive environment for all our students. We offer a range of learning support services to assist students throughout their studies.



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Delivering excellence in health and social care at an individual, team and organisational level is not just desirable but achievable. Read more

Delivering excellence in health and social care at an individual, team and organisational level is not just desirable but achievable.

Course details

The philosophy of this programme is that for excellence to flourish every member of staff must be committed to, and play their part in, an integrated governance approach. This is where people-centredness and people-centred approaches to care are afforded the same esteem and recognition as finance, performance, risk management, safety and quality.

The programme is designed to develop and equip critical champions and ambassadors for quality, safety and governance in health and social care. It enables you to apply your comprehensive knowledge, understanding, expertise and advanced skills to lead evidence-based enhancement of quality, safety and governance in your health and social care settings and evaluate the impact of this. The programme is suitable for individuals from the public, independent and voluntary sectors from any professional background, including clinical and support services.

What you study

Year 1 focuses on the transition to mastery and explores the context of safety, quality and governance in terms of policy, theory and experience, at a personal, local, national and international level. You also study different types and sources of evidence. You use these to identify a quality, safety or governance issue of relevance to your role based on an in-depth study of the principles, practices and tools of safety and governance in health and social care. You then develop and justify a business case for change based on this.

The modules studied in Year 1 make up the Advancing Quality Improvement in Health and Social Care, PgCert.

In Year 2, you plan and implement a change project based on your business case presented at the end of Year 1. To help you achieve this you study topics such as a human factors approach, strategic change management, action learning and leadership and evaluation methodologies. You then develop and critique an evaluation study proposal in Year 2 which you take forward during your dissertation module in Year 3. The modules studied in Year 2 make up the Advancing Human Factors in Health and Social Care, PgCert.

Course structure

Year 1 core modules

  • Principles and Practice of Safety and Governance in Health and Social Care
  • Using Evidence to Advance Quality, Safety and Governance in Health and Social Care

Year 2 core modules

  • Leading Person-centred Quality Improvement in Health and Social Care
  • Using a Human Factors Approach to Quality Improvement in Health and Social Care

Year 3 core modules

  • Dissertation: Evaluating Impact

Modules offered may vary.

Teaching

How you learn

In Years 1 and 2 the programme is taught in short study blocks spread across the academic year over a total of 14 days. We use a range of teaching methods including lectures and workshops, student-led seminars, action learning, real-life scenarios and case study analysis, interactive and online learning activities, directed and self-directed study activities. Year 3 is mainly guided self-directed study with the support of a dissertation supervisor. You are supported by module tutors with extensive experience in this subject area and the programme leader who is a member of the founding cohort for the NHS England and Health Foundation Q initiative.

How you are assessed

We use a range of assessment modes throughout the programme. These include an essay on the nature and use of evidence, analysis of a quality, safety or governance issue using a human factors approach, a business case and the final dissertation evaluating the change you have implemented. 

Other modes of assessment include a poster presentation and defence, and an oral presentation with questions and answers. 

The programme is supported by a critical friends stakeholder support forum which consists of service users and carers, employer representatives and academic staff. Members of this group participate in student assessment as well as supporting programme design and delivery as a means of ensuring the person-centred approach pervades all aspects of the programme and to maximise employer/organisational benefit.

Employability

On successful completion of this programme you are equipped with a range of knowledge, expertise and experiences such as advanced reasoning and decision-making skills. You are also able to work collaboratively, present and research. And you have strong ICT skills that are highly sought by employers. The programme is relevant for you if you are working in or would like to work in a specialist quality, safety or governance role, or one covering these issues.



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If you’re a healthcare professional looking for flexible postgraduate study that fits in with your busy working schedule, our MSc in Health and Social Care could give you the opportunity to learn more about your specific areas of interest in bite-size amounts. Read more

If you’re a healthcare professional looking for flexible postgraduate study that fits in with your busy working schedule, our MSc in Health and Social Care could give you the opportunity to learn more about your specific areas of interest in bite-size amounts.

What the course offers

This course is designed to help you identify and lead your own professional development within your health or social care career. The modular structure of our MSc in Health and Social Care allows you to personalise the programme to your specific interests, working on a module-by-module basis for maximum flexibility. You’ll study three compulsory modules, starting with a unit focused on developing analytical skills for professional practice, and move on to modules of your choosing in areas like safeguarding, clinical diagnostics and dementia care.

Studying the theory of your chosen subjects, you’ll have the opportunity to develop a broader awareness of current issues within health and social care practice; researching themes in depth, developing evidence-based concepts, and working in our advanced Clinical Simulation Suite. Alongside your core studies, you’ll also be able to focus on developing transferable skills such as problem solving, leadership and teamwork, and build your abilities in information and communication technology.

The course is designed to help you achieve your potential and enjoy your work. By encouraging you to reflect on your performance and take charge of your own development, we aim to help you advance your career in health and social care.

Course Highlights:

  • The part-time MSc in Health and Social Care is a modular course, allowing for flexibility of study to fit around your commitments.
  • You’ll have access to our state-of-the-art Bolton One facility, where you can get hands-on experience in the specialist Clinical Simulation Suite.
  • We have the knowledge and experience to anticipate and respond to change. Our courses and programmes respond directly to the requirements of the NHS Knowledge and Skills Framework (KSF), which is at the heart of the career and pay progression strand of Agenda for Change.
  • You’ll have the opportunity to benefit from the programme’s strong strategic partnerships with local NHS and social care organisations.
  • You’ll also be entitled to free study skills sessions.
  • On successful completion of this course you’ll be awarded an MSc in Health and Social Care.

Key Features:

  • Our dedicated academic team have a wealth of experience working in NHS settings and are engaged in relevant research, bringing their expertise and passion for service excellence to their teaching.
  • We’ve been offering high-quality courses, specifically designed to meet the needs of the health and social care sector, for over 30 years.
  • As you study this course, you will be encouraged to develop employability skills, values and behaviours, such as the 6C’s, action planning, personal impact and confidence, self-awareness, social and ethical responsibility, respect and commitment to quality.
  • Practice based learning is integral to the programme and we’ll encourage you to draw on your practice placement experience to help you apply theory to practice and consolidate your learning.
  • The course is designed to provide you with the key transferable knowledge and skills required to work across both acute and community care.


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This course ensures that you have the opportunity to consider a range of central scientific foundations of health and social care. Read more

This course ensures that you have the opportunity to consider a range of central scientific foundations of health and social care.

Course details

It enables you to:

  • develop a comprehensive and critical understanding of key concepts and principles across the health and social care sciences
  • evaluate critically the contribution of and inter-relationships between the sciences underpinning health and social care
  • draw on acquired knowledge to contribute to the development of contemporary health and social care.

What you study

Core modules introduce key concepts which underpin health and social care sciences and how you can apply them to context. These include health economics, sociology, health and social care policy, health psychology and evidence-based practice. You also study two option modules. In addition you conduct your own research project.

Course structure

Year 1 core modules

  • Bio-psychosocial Paradigms in Health and Social Care
  • Evidence-based Practice

and one optional module

  • Global Health
  • Negotiated Learning

or a module chosen from the wider School portfolio

Year 2 core modules

  • Designing Research Projects
  • Health and Social Care in Context

and one optional module

  • Global Health
  • Negotiated Learning

or a module chosen from the wider School portfolio

Year 3 core modules

  • Dissertation

Modules offered may vary.

Teaching

How you learn

A range of learning and teaching strategies are used, including lectures, student-led seminars and computer-based workshops. The development of key skills including presentation skills, ICT skills and collaborative working is a significant feature of the course and these activities take place in a variety of locations using both traditional teaching and learning methods and e-learning approaches. Active participation in class discussion and activities is encouraged. Face-to-face activities are supplemented with the use of electronic materials via Blackboard. Individual tutorial support is also utilised to support learning, particularly in the Dissertation module.

How you are assessed

A range of assessment strategies are used to provide variety of experience, to challenge and extend you, to give feedback as a basis for advancement and as a measure of your learning and skill development. These include reports, oral presentations, assignments, projects and a dissertation.

Employability

You'll understand and synthesise various complex issues surrounding the health and social care arenas. In addition you'll enhance your ability to implement evidence-based practice, and undertake and publish research in your field.



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Who is it for?. The Advanced Practice in Health and Social Care postgraduate course is for students who are working in clinical and social care settings who want to pose challenging questions and confront the answers. Read more

Who is it for?

The Advanced Practice in Health and Social Care postgraduate course is for students who are working in clinical and social care settings who want to pose challenging questions and confront the answers.

It will appeal to those who want to create positive change by conducting evidence-based research which can be applied in practice.

Our students come from a variety of careers in the health and social care sector; including emergency practitioners, health care managers and podiatrists. Students also come on to the course directly from undergraduate degree courses.

Objectives

The MSc in Advanced Practice in Health and Social Care programme is a scholarly Masters degree with a strong theoretical focus.

We believe that to be effective, you need a future-proofed qualification; one which explores practice from a wider, research-based perspective.

Designed in consultation with users and carers, the Health and Social Care Masters course takes account of the user experience and has been developed around their expectations of professionals within the healthcare sector.

The MSc will challenge practices within the current healthcare sector and ask questions such as:

  • How can we prove and measure our performance?
  • To what extent should we challenge guidelines or established forms of practice?
  • How can our actions within practice transform the user experience?
  • How can we manage levels of stress in a way that promotes welfare?

The MSc also offers students the flexibility to tailor the modules they study to meet their professional needs by offering a range of elective modules from across the School’s programmes from management and leadership to infection control.

Academic facilities

Depending on your choice of elective modules you will have access to a wide range of excellent resources and facilities including a simulated clinical environment and the interactive website, Connect.

As part of the University of London you can also become a member of Senate House Library for free with your student ID card.

Teaching and learning

You will learn in large and small multi-disciplinary groups through a variety of methods including institution-based taught modules, e-learning and work-based learning.

Modules are run by experienced health and social care practitioners and leading researchers, using a variety of direct and interactive teaching methods. We support and encourage you to become an independent learner and you will have access to Moodle, City's Virtual Learning Platform, for a more interactive learning experience.

One of the greatest advantages of this degree is the variety of students the course attracts. As a student on this programme at City you will be able to share your experience with peers from across the world and a wide range of professional and cultural backgrounds.

Assessment

You may be assessed by coursework, examinations, portfolios, mini labs, case studies, reports, seminar presentations and skills schedules depending on your choice of elective modules. You may also be expected to take part in formative assessment activities in addition to the summative assessments.

Modules

Most students will study two core modules in the first or second term; Critical approaches to advanced practice and introduction to research methods and Applied data analysis . From this point onwards, you direct your programme of study choosing five elective modules from a wide range on offer within the School of Health Sciences.

Our expert lecturers will be able to advise you on the best elective modules to tailor the course to your own needs and interests. Full-time students can complete the course in a year, but most students undertake the taught modules in a year and conduct their dissertation in the second year. There is also the opportunity to complete the dissertation remotely.

The course constitutes 45 credits for the core modules, 75 credits for the elective modules and 60 credits for the dissertation. When it comes to the dissertation, you can choose your own area of interest and format, opting to submit a traditional research project where you source data and analyse it, or a literature review where you conduct a critical review of current practice.

The normal duration for a Masters degree is one year's taught programme for full-time students (plus up to one year for dissertation) or two years' taught programme for part-time students (plus up to one year for the dissertation).

The normal duration for a Postgraduate Diploma is one years' taught programme for full-time students or two years' taught programme for part-time students. Full-time students must complete their Postgraduate Diploma in three years and part-time students in five years.

Postgraduate Certificates in health and social care are not offered on a full-time basis.

Alternatively, students can take modules from this Masters degree as standalone Continuing Personal and Professional Development (CPPD) courses. In this case, course costs might vary.

Core modules

  • Introduction to research methods and applied data analysis (30 credits)
  • Critical approaches to advanced practice (15 credits)
  • Dissertation (60 credits)

Elective modules

Students have the opportunity to complete an additional five modules of 15 credits offered across the School of Health Sciences CPPD portfolio. There are over 50 modules to choose from including modules such as psychology for health and social care, leading and managing change, and infection control.

Students completing the two core modules plus one optional module totalling 60 credits can exit with a Postgraduate Certificate. On successful completion of seven modules (120 credits) students can exit with a Postgraduate Diploma. The completion of the dissertation leads to an MSc (180 credits).

Discover more School of Health Sciences CPPD modules.

Career prospects

Graduates from the Advanced Practice in Health and Social Care Masters course go into management consultant positions, teaching and research. Many work for the NHS or local authorities, but there are opportunities to work in other health areas. The course also qualifies you to apply for research posts and to conduct independent research.

By successfully completing this course you will be able to enhance your skills in practice. You will also be able to apply your skills within posts in administration, management and health research in a variety of public and private settings.



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The PGCE Health and Social Care (14-­19) is a nine month innovative, intensive and unique course preparing graduates for the demands of teaching the 14-­19 age range in both the secondary and lifelong learning sectors. Read more

The PGCE Health and Social Care (14-­19) is a nine month innovative, intensive and unique course preparing graduates for the demands of teaching the 14-­19 age range in both the secondary and lifelong learning sectors.

Your PGCE in health and social care will allow you to become outstanding, inspiring educators who think critically about what this entails.

You will be awarded a PGCE and recommended for Qualified Teacher Status, enabling you to teach in schools and to provide a strong foundation for working in the lifelong learning sector, especially further education.

The course is organised in partnership with schools and further education colleges where you spend 24 out of the 36 weeks teaching.

Visit the website: https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/courses/postgraduate/pgce-health-and-social-care-14-19.aspx

Course detail

The key feature of your PGCE is that all learning experiences and opportunities you will have on the course are designed to inform and complement each other culminating in the development of your academic and professional practice as a teacher/lecturer. So you will be prepared initially, and then have the opportunity to reflect on your teaching placement experiences and will have a focus on planning and preparing to teach, assessment for learning, managing behaviour and team working skills.

You will also be supported in developing your own teaching in an independent environment with a constant focus on guided self-improvement. You will gain confidence in your ability to reflect on your own practical teaching experience and develop important skills such as critical self-reflection while improving your subject and curriculum knowledge.

Suitability

Our students who enter the PGCE in health and social care originate from a range of academic and professional backgrounds and possess a degree in a subject related to health and social care including the social sciences and early years, or in some exceptional cases an unrelated degree if you have worked in employment related to health and social care.

We welcome applications from those with experience in public sector working, business and industry, particularly where this work has enhanced their knowledge, skills and understanding in health and social care.

The course is uniquely set up for postgraduates to gain experience teaching, learning and assessment both in a school setting and in college or sixth form environments.

Content

On your PGCE 14-19 course here at Canterbury Christ Church University you will study three University-based modules Curriculum Studies, Professional Studies and Enhanced Studies and one placement-based module Professional Practice.

Format

Your University-based sessions are taught through a series of workshops and subject input with an emphasis placed upon informed discussion, debate and knowledge exchange.

You will be prepared in designing and developing subject based materials to support and complement your placement based experience and practice. There is a practical focus on the skills and abilities required for teaching: for example, presentations, planning and assessment strategies. There is pair, group work, discussions and micro-teaching alongside an individual, personalised approach to developing as a professional teacher.

Your three University-based modules are assessed through small-scale research assignments of 4,000 words each and offer you the opportunity to gain 20 Masters Level credits in each of these modules. You are supported through each of these by means of tutorials with your university tutors.

During your two Professional Practice teaching placements you will be working closely with and supported by teachers/lecturers and assigned to a designated Curriculum Mentor to oversee your developmental needs and progress.

Assessment

Your assessment on the PGCE 14-19 course here at Canterbury Christ Church University is through formative methods with a final grading completed at the end of the PGCE.

Each of your three University-based modules (Curriculum, Professional and Enhanced Studies) are assessed through a 4,000 word small-scale research piece and with each of these modules offering you the opportunity to gain 20 Masters level credits it is possible to gain a total of 60 Masters level credits through these three modules.

Both your two Professional Practice placements are formatively and then summatively assessed through the teaching files you have created, your reflective Learning Journal, regular lesson observations by the teachers/lecturers you work with on a day to day basis, your Curriculum Mentors in your teaching placements and your University tutor. There is also an Interim and Final report from both your teaching placements.

What can I do next?

The PGCE Health and Social Care (14-19) prepares graduates for the demands of teaching the 14-19 age range in the secondary and further education and skills sectors. Candidates will be awarded a PGCE and will be able to gain Qualified Teacher Status after a statutory Induction period in a school, enabling them to teach in schools.

The programme is also designed to provide a strong foundation for working in the further education and skills sector and can lead to QTLS (Qualified Teacher Learning & Skills) through the process of Professional Formation with the Education and Training Foundation.

Previous PGCE Health and Social Care (14-19) graduates are working in a variety of educational contexts as subject teachers/lecturers and mentors.

This PGCE also enables you to gain up to 60 credits at Level 7 which can be accredited as part of a Masters degree and can be taken onto other universities.

How to apply

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

Fees and Funding

See our Teacher Education Funding page to discover the scholarships and bursaries available.

View http://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/fees-and-funding/teacher-education-funding.aspx



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The vision within health and social care is to have practitioners who are able to approach the new decade with well founded professional beliefs, confidence, political awareness and preparedness to meet the challenge of shifting user expectations, diminution of traditional roles and commitment to different ways of working. Read more
The vision within health and social care is to have practitioners who are able to approach the new decade with well founded professional beliefs, confidence, political awareness and preparedness to meet the challenge of shifting user expectations, diminution of traditional roles and commitment to different ways of working. Consequently, it is recognised that a ‘one size fits all’ approach to education will not be suitable to many practitioners, therefore this MA programme emphasises flexibility, and maximises choice, so that learning opportunities meet the needs of your developing role.

The MA Health and Social Care Studies programme structure is designed to facilitate three climb out awards, specifically these are the Post Graduate Certificate, Post Graduate Diploma and Masters Award. These pathways enable students to engage with a flexible pathway to suit their own learning needs. The programme will attract a range of health and social care professionals and promotes a culture of shared learning. Such opportunities have the potential to enrich the learning experience by supporting the development of critical thinking, creativity and can nurture an entrepreneurial approach to health and social care delivery. Although many of the learning and teaching opportunities will be shared with level six students, there will be opportunities available for Post Graduate students to extend their academic ability through seminars, tutorials and critical debates with their peer group.

Content and Modules

The MA Health and Social Care Practice is underpinned by a philosophy of flexibility to enable students to have greater autonomy in their learning. There are, of course, mandatory modules that you will be required to complete however where there is the opportunity to select an optional module you may be able to make a personal selection or seek advice from one of our professional advisers who will guide you through modules that are specific to specialist areas of health and social care.
Modules studied

All awards with the MA Programme will require completion of the 40 credit module “Delivery of Heath and Social Care Practice”. This module is delivered over two semesters.
The 20 credit “Research Module” is mandatory for all students progressing beyond the Post Graduate Certificate.
The 60 credit “Dissertation” is mandatory for all students wishing to complete the MA award and is delivered over two semesters.

Optional Modules
Students are encouraged to be forward thinking and to engage in learning opportunities to maximise their personal and professional potential. Therefore although there are modules which are focused on specialist areas of health and social care such as children’s nursing and midwifery practice, many of the modules can be chosen by practitioners from a range of professional backgrounds.

Modules can be identified from the Continuing Professional Development calendar of modules available on the university website. However, students may also be able to select modules offered within other MA/MSc programmes delivered at UCS with the prior agreement of the programme leaders.
The range of optional modules and will depend of their availability each academic year. Possible modules include, but are not limited to…
• Antenatal and Newborn Screening
• Counselling Skills
• Dementia Care
• Managing Suicide and Self Harm
• Minor Illness
• Supporting Practice Learning (Mentoring

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This course supports the promotion, development and sustainability of effective leadership and applied service improvement within health and social care. Read more

This course supports the promotion, development and sustainability of effective leadership and applied service improvement within health and social care.

Course details

This is a multi-professional programme designed to equip team leaders, senior professionals and managers with the knowledge, skills and capabilities of promoting, developing and sustaining leadership behaviours within health and social care practice and to meet the challenges of improving services to meet local needs and improve patient and client outcomes.

What you study

Course structure

Year 1 core modules

  • Advanced Personal Effectiveness in Leadership
  • Interdependent Working
  • Using Evidence to Advance Quality, Safety and Governance in Health and Social Care

Year 2 core modules

  • Leading Service Improvement in Health and Social Care

Year 3 core modules

  • Dissertation: Impact Evaluation of Leadership Performance

Modules offered may vary.

Teaching

How you learn

Year 1 focuses on enabling you to develop a comprehensive and critical understanding of using evidence to lead an improvement project relevant to your own role and workplace. You undertake the Using Evidence to Advance Quality, Safety and Governance in Health and Social Care module across semesters one and two. This module is supported by the Advanced Personal Effectiveness module, which runs through semester one, and is a self-assessment of your personal leadership skills, building on strengths and addressing challenges to develop action plans for effective future leadership.

Year 2 enables you to progress the improvement idea from Year 1 through to the implementation stage of the improvement project in the Leading Service Improvement in Health and Social Care module. This module runs across semesters one and two, and is complemented by a critical and comprehensive understanding of the complexities of working with others. You consider how to influence these processes to support collaborative change, particularly through working with service users and carers in the semester one module, Interdependent Working.

In Year 3 your 15,000-word dissertation: Evaluating the Impact of Service Transformation presents a detailed account of your audit or evaluation research project. You evaluate the impact of the service improvement project and transformation implemented in the Leading Service Improvement in Health and Social Care module. You will have a supervisor to support you through this process. This module runs across semesters one and two.

How you are assessed

Assessments require you to evidence your learning in each module by applying theory to practice. You need to demonstrate a critical and comprehensive understanding of theory and the application of service improvement tools and techniques to a change that you initiate in your practice area. The assessments have been specifically designed to capture the learning journey through the programme and the application of theory to practice.



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The evolving landscape of Health and Social Care provision in the 21st century presents a constant challenge to those working in the field, demanding critical approaches to problem solving, an understanding of local and global contexts and an understanding of research and evidence informed practice. Read more

The evolving landscape of Health and Social Care provision in the 21st century presents a constant challenge to those working in the field, demanding critical approaches to problem solving, an understanding of local and global contexts and an understanding of research and evidence informed practice.

This taught programme offers an exciting opportunity to critically assess policy and practice related to Health and Social Care. The programme examines relevant issues within the current political and social frameworks in national and international contexts.

This flexible course builds on students’ existing knowledge and experience and encourages a collaborative and supported approach to study. It is taught by a dedicated team of academics and draws on the wider expertise and research knowledge of academics in the Faculty of Health, Psychology and Social Care.

Features and benefits of the course

-The MA in Health and Social Care has been developed in conjunction with employers.

-The multi-disciplinary delivery team has a commitment to research informed teaching and research publication. They aim to make your learning experience memorable and to ensure it has an impact on your personal and professional development.

-It is envisaged that the course will compose UK and international students. You will, therefore, have the opportunity to draw on the experiences of a variety of peers and opportunities to share and discuss this knowledge and expertise. This knowledge and expertise will be integrated into a facilitated approach to teaching and learning.

-The choice of optional units from across the Faculty will provide the opportunity for inter-professional learning.

-The dissertation element of the programme will allow you to focus on your own professional interest.

-The programme is taught in a new “state of the art” building which houses the Faculty of Health, Psychology and Social Care in the heart of Manchester. Work which engages the local community will form part of the programme.

About the Course

The MA Health and Social care is made up of several core and optional units across a range of Health and Social care disciplines. To achieve the MA qualification, students must successfully complete 180 credits, for the PGDip 120 credits and the PGCert 60 credits.

Assessment details

Assessment for this course will be through a mix of reflective assignments, literature reviews, methodological analysis, student presentations and research projects. Detailed guidance for each will be provided and explained at the commencement of the unit.



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The MSc Healthcare Leadership aims to meet development needs for the health and social care sectors, which are undergoing significant change. Read more

The MSc Healthcare Leadership aims to meet development needs for the health and social care sectors, which are undergoing significant change. It is a vocationally-focused academic programme, intended to prepare professionals from the health sector, social care and related professions to become effective leaders and better managers in the workplace.

The programme will offer the opportunity to engage with key theory, but also to understand the specific contextual relevance in the NHS and social care, through delivery by specialists from both the University of Wolverhampton Business School and the School of Health and Wellbeing.

Upon completion of the course you will have an understanding of: perspectives on leadership, leadership theories and practice; how these apply in health and social care sectors during transition and change; how to appraise the micro and macro environments of the health and social care sectors and how to lead and manage within the complexity of these environments. Additionally, you will have learned how to improve performance through reflective practice, achieved via a range of teaching and learning methods and delivered within a contextually relevant but academically challenging programme of study.

Why Wolverhampton?

The MSc Healthcare Leadership focuses on critical leadership skills and qualities and provides opportunities for a greater understanding of both sectors, mirroring the increased harmonisation and partnered working models in the NHS and social care contexts.

The programme is delivered by specialists from the Business School and the School of Health and Wellbeing, who are involved in significant advisory roles and research within health and social care locally, regionally and nationally, and who participate in national communities of practice – developing and sharing expertise across the UK.

You will leave the programme not just with a range of skills, but with the confidence to lead within the complexity of health and social care environments.

Career path

This programme has been designed specifically to provide relevant knowledge and skills for those acting in a leadership role in the health and social care sectors. Past students have successfully applied their learning in their clinical or social care roles, effecting organisational improvement and have contributed to research in health care leadership – becoming knowledgeable, skilled, innovative and effective leaders.

What skills will you gain?

At the end of this course you, the student, will be able to:

  1. Critically apply knowledge, understanding and skills appropriate to a professional leadership role, within the health, health-related or social care sectors.
  2. Critically debate the key concepts and theoretical positions that have been developed, or are developing, within leadership and professional development.
  3. Reflect on the academic and practical application of leadership theories and practices in the health and social care context.
  4. Analyse theory and context, delivering findings through effective presentation media, to become a confident, digitally literate and innovative health or social care leader.
  5. Critically appraise professional standards within the health and social care sectors and recognise obligations to stakeholders, the profession and society.
  6. Synthesise relevant critical thinking through academic research completing an independent research project/dissertation at masters level.


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