The increasing burden of chronic illness is one of the greatest challenges facing health systems globally. In the UK, approximately 18 million people live with a long term or chronic condition and this number is expected to double by 2030. Approximately 80% of GP consultations, 60% of days spent in hospital and two thirds of all emergency hospital admissions are associated with chronic conditions (Department of Health 2004). Managing long term and chronic conditions currently accounts for almost 70% of the NHS budget and these costs are projected to increase significantly given the ageing population, coupled with escalating risk factors such as obesity and inactivity.
Long term and chronic conditions can have profound and far reaching implications on all aspects of peoples’ lives and can present patients (and families) with a spectrum of needs.
People living with a long term or chronic condition require support, care and rehabilitation from a wide range of professionals in health, social and voluntary care sectors. In addition, effective health promotion, prevention, self-care and self-management will help ensure that chronic illnesses are avoided wherever possible and that people are more informed to safely and effectively manage their health and well being.
This requires complex responses over extended periods of time, coordinated, proactive and collaborative input from the health, social care and voluntary sectors, patients, carers and lay personnel (as in the Expert Patient Programme). These need to be optimally embedded with systems which actively promote and support sustainable stakeholder collaboration and patient empowerment.
The Long Term and Chronic Conditions Management master's programme is aimed at health and social care professionals and others who contribute to the area of long term and chronic conditions management. It is a taught masters degree and successful applicants are expected and required to take responsibility for their own learning and research.
The Long Term and Chronic Conditions Management Master's programme, since its inception in 2007, has consistently produced successful, high achieving postgraduates.
It is taught by experienced academics many of whom are also qualified teachers, research active and have a wealth of professional experience in chronic conditions.
Students will have the opportunity to develop a bespoke programme relevant to their particular interest and/or speciality, and will have the choice to take a dissertation option with novel opportunity to draft a paper to be submitted for publication.
Students can also take advantage of interprofessional learning in small groups, and will have the opportunity to study with students enrolled on other Masters programmes and international students.
Modules on the Long Term and Chronic Conditions Management master's programme typically include:
• Theory and practice of chronic conditions management • Foundations in health promotion • Foundations in research • Health psychology of chronic illness • Social aspects of chronic illness • Dissertation
Employability and Career Prospects
Current and previous students have roles as nurses, physiotherapists, podiatrists, Occupational Therapists, chiropractors, physicians and health science graduates.
Many have secured new roles in healthcare whilst studying or on completion of the programme, and others have or are considering progressing to doctoral level studies or further professional qualifications.
Current and previous students have presented work at national conferences and have published work or are in the process of so doing.
The entry requirements for the Long Term and Chronic Conditions Management MSc are normally an Honours degree (2:1 or above) and evidence of recent academic study or a professional qualification and a minimum of two year’s relevant work experience and responsibilities. Students whose first language is not English are required to have a minimum of IELTS 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in all domains, or a University approved equivalent, prior to starting the Long Term and Chronic Conditions Management programme.
Recipient: Swansea University
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