This course, accredited by the Institute of Healthcare Management, examines the social, political and economic context within which health and social services operate, locating this within the advanced study of social policy. A particular feature of the curriculum is its focus on policy, management and collaborative working structures in the context of regulation, evaluation and accountability frameworks for service delivery.
More about this course
The course is designed to meet the needs of those working in health and welfare services as practitioners, managers or administrators.
The student group is therefore multidisciplinary, and most course members combine study with full-time work. The course is also suitable for graduates with a research interest in the changing nature of health and social care in the new mixed economy of welfare.
The course has recently been re-validated and re-focused. It now offers increased opportunities for you to combine your study of health and social policy with specialist modules in evaluation, management, social work practice, regeneration or public health.
Your learning is structured around weekly contact time with the teaching team and is complemented by your independent work based on guidance supplied in lectures, group work, and interactive workshops. Blended learning, enquiry based learning and problem based learning will be used to help you comprehend theoretical concepts.
You are assessed via essays, seminar papers, mini-projects, reports and management exercises.
This course is accredited by the Institute of Healthcare Management.
The modules listed below are for the academic year 2016/17 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.
Year 1 modules include:
-Health and Social Care Management and Policy Dissertation (core, 60 credits)
-Impact Assessment (core, 20 credits)
-Management of Health and Social Services (core, 20 credits)
-Strategic Planning and Change Management (core, 20 credits)
-Understanding the Policy Process (core, 20 credits)
-Children and Families: Policy and Practice (option, 20 credits)
-Contextualising Management (option, 20 credits)
-Cross Cultural Management (option, 20 credits)
-Ethical Issues in Healthcare (option, 20 credits)
-Health in the City (option, 20 credits)
-Housing Strategy (option, 20 credits)
-Managing Change in Organisations and Systems (option, 20 credits)
-Managing Self and Others (option, 20 credits)
-Measuring and Monitoring Performance (option, 20 credits)
-Partnership Working (option, 20 credits)
-Perspectives of Ageing (option, 20 credits)
-Project Management (option, 20 credits)
-Researching Communities (option, 20 credits)
-Social Policy Themes and Priorities: Local, Regional and Global (option, 20 credits)
After the course
This qualification will enhance the career prospects of those working in many settings where knowledge and skills in health and social care management or policy making is relevant. Graduates from our existing programmes report improved career choices and advancement as a result of learning acquired on this programme.
Many have gone on to careers as drug and alcohol rehabilitation managers, managers of learning disability services, primary care trust business development managers, day centre managers, sure start programme managers, health visitor managers, prison service managers, residential and nursing care home managers, advisors in local authorities, community care managers, managed policy research, policy makers.
Moving to one campus
Between 2016 and 2020 we're investing £125 million in the London Metropolitan University
campus, moving all of our activity to our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching location of some courses will change over time.
Whether you will be affected will depend on the duration of your course, when you start and your mode of study. The earliest moves affecting new students will be in September 2017. This may mean you begin your course at one location, but over the duration of the course you are relocated to one of our other campuses. Our intention is that no full-time student will change campus more than once during a course of typical duration.
All students will benefit from our move to one campus, which will allow us to develop state-of-the-art facilities, flexible teaching areas and stunning social spaces.
A good honours degree in a relevant subject, or the ability to demonstrate the knowledge, academic skills and motivation to benefit from and succeed in an advanced level award (Applicants with lower qualifications but substantial work or voluntary experience in a relevant area may be considered). We're looking for motivated applicants who have a degree in health, management, policy, social care or related subjects and can demonstrate their knowledge base, strong analytical abilities that are underpinned by academic skills. Health and social care managers, policy makers, experienced clinical staff, or senior practitioners with substantial relevant work experience may be considered.