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Health & Social Care

Health and Social Care in Context

University Certificate in Postgraduate Continuing Education:

One of the main challenges facing leaders and managers within the health and social care arena is in understanding the role of the broader environment in determining policy formulation and implementation. This award explores not only the substance of relevant health and social care policies, but also the key factors which impact upon the policy making and practice.

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Part-time

More part-time details

  • 20 Credits, Master's Level
  • Enrolment date: October
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 384176
  • Fee for UK/EU applicants: £510

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In particular, this award explores the impact of economic social and cultural, political, and factors. A deeper understanding of how reforms are made and implemented is vital if you make a contribution to policy formulation and to how it is translated into practice. You need to understand and participate in the major debates in health and social care policy. The award develops your understanding and the skills needed to comprehensively and critically explore the economic, social, and political and cultural contexts within which health and social care policies are implemented. You also gain an in-depth critical understanding of the impact of the health and social care policies themselves.

Award content includes:

  • historical development of the NHS and the conception of social care
  • economic, political and social context of health and social care
  • key concepts in health and social care policy
  • funding and resource allocation
  • public health and inequality
  • consumerism, citizenship and public and patient involvement
  • the role of the professions
  • health care systems
  • matching demand for care with supply – needs assessment and commissioning.
  • accountability, quality and standards

Teesside University campus.

How you learn

Key lectures introduce major topical issues which are developed and explored through the use of student led seminars. The student led seminars are based on a number of working questions that contribute to the essays for assessment. During the seminar you share, debate and reflect upon your findings. This gives an opportunity for tutor provided formative whole group feedback.    

You submit 4,000 word essay assignment on key contemporary issues and policies within the health and social care arena (100%). You choose one essay from a list of titles set by the tutor. The content of each essay title reflects a range of contemporary health and social care policies.

Career opportunities

The award is aimed at potential and existing leaders and managers in the health and social care environment.

Entry requirements

You should have a 2.2 degree or equivalent.

Course information

Part-time

More part-time details

  • 20 Credits, Master's Level
  • Enrolment date: October
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 384176
  • Fee for UK/EU applicants: £510

Contact details

Further information