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Course content

IN BRIEF:

  • Transform patient and service outcomes at a local level
  • Understand your organisation and become an effective leader
  • Explore the challenges and opportunities to influence policy which impact on patient and service outcomes
  • Part-time study option
  • International students can apply

COURSE SUMMARY

We know that effective leadership and management does not happen by chance. This practice-related course is aimed at all health care professionals who want to develop the knowledge, skills and qualities to be an effective health care leader. This leadership and management course is designed to give you the confidence to try new and creative approaches to the workplace, deal with complex leadership situations and provide effective patient and service outcomes.

COURSE STRUCTURE

This leadership and management course is designed to give you the confidence to try new and creative approaches to the workplace, deal with complex leadership situations and provide effective patient and service outcomes.

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

  • Transform patient and service outcomes at a local level
  • Understand your organisation and become an effective leader
  • Explore the challenges and opportunities to influence policy that impacts on patient and service outcomes
  • Understand yourself as a leader and enhance your knowledge, skills and qualities
  • Develop the skills to manage change in complex and changing health care settings
  • Develop project management skills
  • Implement a change management project

The full course runs full-time or part-time over one year giving you the chance to exit with the following awards:

FULL-TIME

  • Postgraduate Certificate: two modules over four months
  • Postgraduate Diploma: four modules over eight months
  • Masters: four modules plus a dissertation over one year

PART-TIME

  • Postgraduate Certificate: two modules over nine months
  • Postgraduate Diploma: four modules over two years
  • Masters: four modules plus a dissertation over three years

TEACHING

This course is delivered on a modular basis. You will attend study days throughout the duration of the module. You will be provided with opportunities to contextualise all leadership learning to your own health care organisation. You can study the course on a part-time or full-time basis (international students are only able to apply for the full-time route). If you study full-time, you will study more than one module at a time.

ASSESSMENT

The course allows for a variety of assessments, depending on the module you will be undertaking, and include:

  • Written assignments
  • Patchwork text assessment
  • Presentations
  • Writing of a business case
  • Vica voco (presentation and justification of the business case)
  • Critical commentary to understand own leadership and management personal development

Additional support is available through Blackboard, our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) which can be used via the internet. Not only will you have easy access to course materials such as handbooks, lecture handouts, and videos it will also give you the opportunity to participate in discussion boards and online exchanges with staff and fellow students.

EMPLOYABILITY

Students have gone on to make a significant impact on patient care through their application of enhanced leadership and management skills, qualities and attitudes that they have applied to an existing managerial role.

Once qualified, you will be in a fantastic position to apply for roles in management or change direction in order to move up the career ladder.

CAREER PROSPECTS

Studying on the course will place you in a strong position to take on a leadership role and to further progress your career within the field of health care management. Similarly the content of the course will assist you in providing quality care for patients and lead service improvement utilising recognised tools and techniques.

Students already studying on the course report how their leadership development went hand in hand with the work-based and work- related learning that they have undertaken. Students describe how their leadership skills have been enhanced through application of learning within their own organisation. Self assessment of their own role as leader has revealed an enhanced level of understanding about the context of the organisation, decision-making, strategy development and implementation. Furthermore they learnt how strategic planning is undertaken within their own organisations.

Students realised that networking with people who could assist them deal with a leadership situation was so important to their role that they then purposefully sought out individuals in order to establish relevant links. For others the networking activity increased the students’ confidence to seek out work-based relationships with people in the organisation that they would never have considered in the past.

LINKS WITH INDUSTRY

This work-based learning course enables the student to contextualise learning within their own organisation and to:

  • Apply new knowledge and skissl to work, at work, for work
  • Utilise a contemporary leadership qualities framework to evidence knowledge, skills and leadership qualities
  • Work through real-world leadership and management issues
  • Develop knowledge and skills to support the increasing evidence based health culture care

Current students place great importance to the processes involved when work related, work-based learning is used to support leadership development. Elements of work-based learning include thinking and reflecting on work practices, reviewing and learning from experience, and problem-solving within a working environment. This in turn positively influenced leadership development whereby the students developed a conscious awareness of their role, skills, skill level and style of leadership that gets the best result.


Visit the Leadership and Management for Health Care Practice - MSc/PGDip/PGCert page on the University of Salford website for more details!

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