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PgCert Integrated Care

Course Description

The design and delivery of healthcare is constantly evolving and this course is for health and social care professionals who want to apply the latest ideas to their practice.

The core unit will give you the opportunity to debate the transformational possibilities of integrated pathways of care. You will then select an optional unit. You could choose to examine ways in which services are set up for defined groups, or you might want to study how services could be transformed.

Choose Integrated Care PgCert at Bedfordshire and:

• Study the skills that underpin the development of critical thinking, reasoning, decision-making and judgment that are vital to the transformation of healthcare practices
• Explore the ways in which political, economical, societal, cultural and technological advances are impacting upon service design and delivery, and leading to a wide reaching change agenda
• Develop an understanding of professional, practice and policy guidelines, and take the opportunity to engage with issues where legal and ethical principles are put to use, such as in decisions about the allocation of resources
• Gain the ability to adopt a problem-orientation towards current healthcare practices, and learn how to extend current approaches to delivering care
• Benefit from a teaching approach that models and supports work between near-peers in paired and small groups, and prepare for inter-professional and inter-organisational activities.

Visit the website: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/courses/postgraduate/next-year/pcincaap#about

Course detail

Choose this part-time course if you wish to

• engage with contemporary debates about the transformation of healthcare services
• improve the quality of care provided for the patients and populations you work with
• develop approaches to integrated care in your own locality

This part time course is designed for health and social care professionals including those involved in efforts to transform healthcare services, be it as providers, commissioners or leaders of care.

It combines one core unit (Principles of Integrated Care) with one optional unit which either focuses on care needs of a defined population or develops approaches to the transformation of healthcare services through effective leadership


• Principles Of Integrated Care (CEL009-6) Compulsory


The core unit, Principles of Integrated Healthcare has three linked assessments, one formative and two summative. The formative assessment requires students to produce an extended, working definition of `integrated healthcare which draws on key debates in the literature and policy landscape. The first summative assessment is a data exercise where students are required to provide an overview of the current pathways of care offered to a defined care population, within their locality. This data exercise draws upon publicly available data sets and is presented as a briefing report for commissioners. Your report should include your evidenced critique of the current situation.

The final summative assessment is based upon elicited narratives of care, from individuals within your defined care population. A key question guiding this study is `how could we do things differently, to have a positive impact on patients experiences of care?


This course supports the development of critical thinking, reasoning and decision-making; these skills are vital to high-level healthcare practice. This course provides opportunities to engage in contemporary debates about the design and delivery of healthcare services to meet the needs of individuals and populations. This develops awareness of successful approaches to leading and managing change. Together these skills support your employability and prepare you for future roles.


For information on available funding, please follow the link: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/money/scholarships/pg

How to apply

For information on how to apply, please follow the link: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/course/applicationform

Visit the PgCert Integrated Care page on the University of Bedfordshire website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have a good undergraduate degree at Honours level, or equivalent.Applicants should be health or social care professionals (which includes those with leadership and management roles in health and /or social care settings). English language requirements: View Website

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