The provision of health and social care services is being transformed, to reflect policy changes and the drive to promote effectiveness and efficiency of an integrated solution. This desire for greater collaboration between agencies is not only an attempt to reduce escalating costs but also a way to improve outcomes for individuals and to promote person-centred care.
The joined up delivery of integrated services must be propelled by leaders who are able to harness the vision, use innovative practice and capitalise on the potential of change, as gleaned through emerging knowledge.
Experienced health and care managers on this programme will benefit from input crafted jointly by leading academics and practitioners, at the School of Health in Social Science. Learning from and alongside peers, in health and social care services, and using innovative educational methodologies, will support learners who seek collaborative outcomes and joint thinking. Graduates will use their learning experience and newly acquired knowledge and skills to excel in managing integrated services of the future.
This programme has been designed to be responsive to the requirements of those working in health and social care services within the changing service landscape in the UK. In particular, drawing on a history of close collaboration with those charged with leading the reconfiguration of services at a national and local level (e.g. NHS Education for Scotland, the Joint Improvement Team, COSLA) the proposal for a postgraduate certificate in health and social care management is related to two emerging trends in health and social care practice and management:
1. The first is the move towards the better integration of health and social care services and the closer collaboration, both in a practical and managerial level, of health and social care professionals.
2. The second is the move away from hierarchical forms of "top-down" management and towards distributed forms of leadership and service innovation.
One implication of this later move is the requirement to develop a workforce that possesses the skills - and, by extension, the confidence - to contribute meaningfully to the work of improvement. Moreover, being mindful of the integration agenda, they require the skills to work across the boundaries that have traditionally divided health and social care services into two distinct domains and in so doing work towards the dissolution of these boundaries so as to facilitate more seamless person-centred care.
This programme responds to these developments by, uniquely, offering advanced training in the fundamental skills relating to the management of health- and social-care, which is addressed to those who are taking managerial responsibilities in increasingly integrated organisational environments.
The programme is delivered on a part-time basis, normally over a 12 months period, but up to two years. Most courses are also available as standalone CPD options for credit.
Relevant work experience and current employment in a health or social care role with management responsibilities. An undergraduate degree. The submission of a detailed personal statement written against specific guidance and a reference from employer stating capacity to undertake programme and support. Lower qualifications may be considered at the discretion of the Nursing Studies Postgraduate Team and the Integrated Service Improvement Programme Director. Access to a computer with internet connection that enables course content to be accessed.
Recipient: University of Edinburgh
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