This MSc course is designed to equip you with the knowledge, understanding and skills which will enable you to contribute to the advancement of healthcare. To achieve this qualification, you will need to successfully complete three 60-credit modules, Leading healthcare improvements (K827), Researching and evaluating healthcare practice (K828) and Transforming professional practice (K829).
In K827, you will investigate the theory and practice of healthcare improvement, exploring what healthcare improvement means and how it can be achieved through change agency, collaboration and partnership and the field of improvement science. You will develop leadership skills in relation to policy, innovation and service improvement.
In K828, you will develop your knowledge, skills and understanding of using research and evidence-based practice to support service improvements in relation to advancing healthcare practice. Research skills are considered an important part of advancing healthcare practice, so within K828 you will pay particular attention to the conception, design and conduct of research that has significance and benefit in the practice setting.
In the final module, K829, you will build on the knowledge, understanding and skills developed through your study of the two previous module to undertake a project that focuses on a service or system improvement based on the needs and the priorities of your health related practice area. This module will provide opportunities to conduct a project that is of immediate and clear benefit to stakeholders in healthcare.
You will consult with practice colleagues locally and make strategic recommendations for change, which draw both upon evidence and a careful analysis of experience. You will be taught how to disseminate your discoveries to others and be introduced to ways in which your improved practice might be shared more widely.
This is a UK qualification with international relevance that will be of interest to professionals working in a wide range of healthcare related areas who are seeking to improve practice. Whilst the qualification does not lead to a professional registration it is of relevance to a diverse range of employment roles and careers within or related to the field of healthcare improvement. This qualification has strong links to developing and supporting career planning and employability skills.
It is a requirement that you have: A degree or equivalent qualification, conferred by a UK university or other recognised degree-awarding body, or a relevant professional qualification. Access to a practice environment, which can be clinical, education, management or research. Access may be on the basis of part-time work, we do not assume that you are a full time professional. This qualification is not however suitable though for those currently taking a career break or on extended period of leave.
Recipient: Open University
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