This course supports the promotion, development and sustainability of effective leadership and applied service improvement within health and social care.
This is a multi-professional programme designed to equip team leaders, senior professionals and managers with the knowledge, skills and capabilities of promoting, developing and sustaining leadership behaviours within health and social care practice and to meet the challenges of improving services to meet local needs and improve patient and client outcomes.
This module is designed to integrate the NHS Healthcare Leadership Model and uses leadership diagnostic tools to help you assess yourself and to develop a personal action plan to enhance your leadership capability.
The aim of the module is to develop a critical appreciation of the context and complexities of interdependent working in health and social care. You develop a systematic and critical understanding of models and the key skills required to develop integration, in the context of the health and social care reform agenda.
This modules enable you to develop a comprehensive and critical understanding of care quality, safety and governance issues within the contemporary health and social care context. This includes developing a culture of candour and preparing for change. You study theory and practice in a range of related topics, each encompassing broad international perspectives as well as your own local context. You apply this learning within the context of your own role, using relevant evidence to identify current leadership issues and provide a critically justified improvement recommendation to address these.
This module uses action learning to help lead real service improvement projects that are relevant to your role in practice and organisational need. You implement your service improvement and also start to address ethical research issues in preparation for your Year 3 dissertation.
The module allows you to consolidate and further develop your knowledge and skills from previous modules The 15,000-word dissertation presents a detailed account of your audit or evaluation research project – this evaluates the impact of the service improvement project and transformation implemented in the Leading Service Improvement in Health and Social Care module. You will have a supervisor to support you through this process.
Modules offered may vary.
Year 1 focuses on enabling you to develop a comprehensive and critical understanding of using evidence to lead an improvement project relevant to your own role and workplace. This is supported by self-assessment of your personal leadership skills to build on strengths and address challenges to develop action plans for effective future leadership.
Year 2 enables you to progress the improvement idea from Year 1 through to the implementation stage of the improvement project. This is complemented by a critical and comprehensive understanding of the complexities of working with others. You consider how to influence these processes to support collaborative change, particularly through working with service users and carers.
In Year 3 your 15,000-word dissertation: Evaluating the Impact of Service Transformation presents a detailed account of your audit or evaluation research project. You evaluate the impact of the service improvement project and transformation implemented in the Leading Service Improvement in Health and Social Care module. You will have a supervisor to support you through this process.
Assessments require you to evidence your learning in each module by applying theory to practice. You need to demonstrate a critical and comprehensive understanding of theory and the application of service improvement tools and techniques to a change that you initiate in your practice area. The assessments have been specifically designed to capture the learning journey through the programme and the application of theory to practice.
You should normally have an honours degree in a health or social care-related subject or in leadership or management. Applicants with other qualifications and experience may be considered if they can provide evidence of their ability to study at master’s level. Such applicants are invited to discuss individual needs with the programme leader. You also need to be in a position in your organisation which enables you to introduce and support research-based transformational change.
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