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The MSc Practice Development and Innovation is the first course to offer the opportunity to learn in-depth about innovation through practice development approaches. The release of the Francis Inquiry Report in February 2013 indicates the important role that universities play in helping to address issues of workplace culture, leadership competence, and patient safety. This requires programmes of learning that are facilitated in the workplace tackling everyday problems and issues, and finding solutions that make use of the best available evidence, resources and creative opportunities for innovation and solution focused thinking.

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This part-time postgraduate course requires you to register for the MSc (consisting of 180 credits at level 7), with exit awards at Postgraduate Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma level.

Using creative approaches to active learning, the course aims to develop person-centred leaders and facilitators who can improve and sustain outcomes in person-centredness and effective care in the workplace to grow a critical mass of practitioners with practice development and innovation expertise.

The course will enable you to develop confidence, competence, knowledge and skills to become more effective within your organisation and to evaluate your impact as a practice developer or innovator within the workplace.

Core themes:
• Person-centredness
• Effective care
• Workplace culture
• Facilitation of learning
• Improvement and innovation
• Sustainability
• Work-based and workplace learning
• Growth, thriving and flourishing


The MSc in Practice Development and Innovation, via work-based learning, is designed for health professionals with a background in a related field such as nursing, an allied health profession, social work or in management of education roles. You will normally be working in the field of health or social care relevant to your proposed study or have sufficient access to it to support your studies.


Year 1 modules:
• Person-centred Practice: Outcomes and Evaluation
• Negotiated Work-based Learning Module
• Influencing Effective Workplace Culture
(Option to exit with PgCert)

Year 2 modules:
• Facilitation Theory for Practice
• Becoming a Facilitator in Practice
• Participatory Research: Principles and Methods
(Option to exit with PgDip)

Year 3 module:
• Final Practice Development and Innovation Project


Your knowledge and skills will be informally assessed on an ongoing basis throughout the course through a range of methods and processes. You'll have opportunities to receive formative feedback on your work at multiple points during the course, through a variety of learning activities. We will also encourage you to make use of recognised outcome and impact frameworks to assess your effectiveness as a Practice Developer within your workplace or organisation.

Formal assessment will take place towards the end of each term. Assessment of knowledge and skills may include written essays/reports, reflective writing, case studies, presentations or reports. All assessments focus on your ability to progress and integrate theory and practice.

What can I do next?

This Masters programme prepares practitioners, managers and leaders, to become a more effective facilitator or leader of service improvements and innovations.

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-Masters Loans-

From 2016/17 government loans of up to £10,000 are available for postgraduate Masters study. The loans will be paid directly to students by the Student Loans Company and will be subject to both personal and course eligibility criteria.

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-2017/18 Entry Financial Support-

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Visit the MSc / PgDip / PgCert Practice Development and Innovation page on the Canterbury Christ Church University website for more details!




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