Online course details

Study options

Part-time: 2 - 3 years

UK fee

£7,650

International fee

£7,650

Course level

Postgraduate

Qualification

MSc

Start dates

January, September, May

Location

Online

Online course description

Meet the demands of modern day health and social care with this online MSc in Integrative Health and Social Care course. Designed in consultation with leading health and social care specialists, our MSc offers you a flexible study route to obtain a postgraduate qualification that can be tailored to your individual needs and interests.

First class health and social care

By incorporating current research and government initiatives we have produced a stimulating, relevant and practical programme that will enable you to deliver effective healthcare, inter-agency working, policy development, and strategic direction in a range of disciplines to patients, clients, families and the community, anywhere in the world.

Destined for success

Your University of Derby Online Learning course is specially designed to support your career development and to allow you to fit your online studies around work and family commitments. It’s flexible to allow you to study when and where it suits you but has a structured study pattern, with assessment deadlines to help you stay on track to succeed.

You’ll be taught by experienced academics with extensive, up-to-date industry expertise and have opportunities to debate and collaborate with students from around the world, enhancing your learning experience. 

All of your uniquely designed learning resources are available online 24/7 so you simply need access to the Internet and the motivation to learn. From registration to graduation your dedicated, friendly online learning team is here to help you succeed.

How long will it take to complete?

The flexibility of this course means you can complete the full MSc (180 credits) within 3 years. Alternatively you can complete each 60 credit level (eg PG Cert) within 12 months, a great opportunity to build your CPD.

Find out more about the online Integrative Health and Social Care MSc course

Listen to our recording of the Academic Lead for Social Work and Social Care talking more about the Integrative Health and Social Care MSc course.

Our Academic Lead, Dr Pauline Green, talks about the online MSc Integrative Health and Social Care

View our online Integrative Health and Social Care MSc course introduction video transcript

What you will study

To work towards an individual named Postgraduate Certificate and build your CPD (only 3 modules), you can choose from pathways in the areas of:

Alternatively you can achieve a Postgraduate Diploma (6 modules) or MSc in Integrative Health and Social Care, choosing modules on topics that are most relevant to your career or personal preferences.

We will advise you of your study plan - the running order and availability of the modules - when you are invited to enrol.

If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this may not be offered. In addition, where demand is high, some modules may be subject to a cap.

The course is designed to offer you the flexibility to choose the most relevant pathway based on your own career aspirations and interests.

You will need to complete the following core modules and then choose from the list of optional modules depending on your preferred pathway or specialism. All optional modules are 20 credits.

Postgraduate CertificatePostgraduate CertificatePostgraduate DiplomaPostgraduate DiplomaMastersMasters

Code: 7NU533

Advanced Integrative Practice

The MSc in Integrative Health and Social Care is suitable for a wide range of professionals involved in the provision and delivery of a changing and expanding health and social care agenda. Increasingly, practitioners are being called upon to lead change towards Integrative person centred care within their organisation on both clinical and strategic fronts. Students will be directed to apply the key constructs of Advanced Practice to Integrative Health and Social Care contexts. For this programme Advanced Practice means: “Autonomous working using high level decision-making and effective problem-solving skills, influenced by specialist knowledge in order to improve practice”. Within this core module it is our intention to encapsulate the essence of Masters level education by incorporating the information literacy skills required at Masters level and applying them to health & social care academic practice.

Module learning outcomes

On completion of this module, students will be able to:

  1. Critically appraise the impact of integrative professional practice relating to a chosen arena of practice or to a field of enquiry
  2. Critically evaluate the form and approach of a range of academic writing styles and their appropriateness for different audiences
  3. Self-assess the information literacy skills gained and their relevance to masters level study

Module content

  • Introduction to integrative advanced practice
  • Information literacy skills for masters level study
  • Decision making and problem solving
  • Autonomous practice
  • Critical thinking
  • Values based care
  • Reading statistics
  • Ethics
  • Improving practice
  • Features of critical reflection
  • Evidence based practice
More information
20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 6NU511

Therapeutics and Diagnostic Reasoning

There is a growing need for nurses in both primary and secondary care to address the issues of drug administration, basic therapeutics and the use of drugs in clinical conditions. Newly qualified nurses and their managers have acknowledged that pre-registration education does not equip them with the confidence or knowledge to take responsibility for drug administration within care settings. With the advent of independent prescribing it is important that all nurses maintain a sound knowledge base in contemporary pharmacology and therapeutics in order to contribute successfully to care in a multidisciplinary environment. In addition to this, increased public awareness of and demand for alternative and complimentary therapies together with already potent arguments for social and psychological models of health require that nurses critically reflect upon other perspectives and approaches to care.

This module will be delivered online using a variety of learning packages to explore aspects of diagnostic reasoning, pharmacology and medicines management to enable students to develop a sound knowledge base to support their clinical practice. The use of a case study within the assessment will facilitate application of the relevant evidence base within the students own clinical area so enhancing links between theory and practice.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module, students will be able to:

  1. Identify and critically analyse the practical, legal, ethical and administrative issues relating to drug administration
  2. Explore and critically discuss aspects of diagnostic reasoning and pharmacokinetics relevant to a range of medications used in patient care
  3. Critically analyse how therapeutics impact on patient care through exploration of a range of common clinical conditions
  4. Critically review alternative approaches and perspectives to care

Module content

Drug administration
  • Accountability
  • Roles and responsibilities
  • Safe storage and disposal of drugs
Diagnostic reasoning
  • Modes of consultation and health history taking
  • The use and interpretation of investigations to inform drug choice
Pharmacokinetics
  • Absorption
  • Side effects and interaction of drugs
  • Distribution
  • Elimination
  • Routes of administration
The use and effect of drugs in clinical conditions
  • Cardiovascular disorders
  • Hypertension
  • Chronic obstructive airways disease
  • Gastroentereological disorders
  • Pain Control
  • Antibiotics
The use of drugs in mental health
  • Anti-depressants
  • Psychotrophics
  • Anxiolytics
Alternative perspectives on health and care
Numeracy
Mathematics applied to the administration of drugs

Graduate skills

  • Calculations and mathematics applied to health
  • Team participation and leadership
  • Accountability
  • Responsibility

Digital skills

You will also be given the opportunity to develop digital skills through the use of interactive technology, eg discussion forums, personal blog.

This module will enable you to:

  • Participate in online discussion forums
  • Use online simulations
  • Use a variety of online resources
More information
20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 7NU537

Ethical and Legal Issues in Healthcare Policy and Practice

The current policy agenda and developing culture in health care increasingly encourage the exposure and debate of ethical and legal issues. The development of mechanisms for ethical review within the machinery of Clinical Governance, and the changes in ethical governance of professions have highlighted the importance of ethical issues and are contributing to a culture of more open discussion.

In an increasingly litigious culture, the interface between health care and law is also becoming increasingly important. Professional practitioners need to be able to engage with these issues in a coherent and confident way. Such issues arise at all levels, policy, organisation, team and individual patient care, and the module programme also seeks to address all these levels. This module will assist the practitioner to recognise and engage with these issues by application of the principles to the practice situation.

Module learning outcomes

On completion of this module, students will be able to:

  1. Critically analyse ethical and legal issues relevant to health care practice and policy, incorporating critical application of selected theoretical perspectives relevant to ethics in health
  2. Understand and apply relevant ethical arguments and legal perspectives to a specific practice situation

Module content

  • Theories of ethics
  • Professional & Interprofessional ethics
  • Legal principles relevant to health care
  • Autonomy, consent and confidentiality
  • Duty of Care
  • Quality of life
  • Decisions at the beginning and end of life
  • Rationing of health care
  • Organisations in health care
  • Professional standards and guidance
  • Policy, Legal frameworks
  • Managing change
More information
20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 7NU540

Leadership in Health and Social Care

This module is designed for health and social care professionals who are in or evolving leadership roles. The module will provide the key constructs to evaluate and mobilise their workforce. Developing a greater understanding of their own leadership styles and the understanding of their role they will have the opportunity to empower, modernise and improve the current workforce to organisational success. The module provides a current in-depth knowledge and information surrounding theories and practices of leadership and communication challenges in today’s organisations.

Module learning outcomes

On completion of this module, students will be able to:

  1. Critically appraise his/herown leadership skills against a defined set of leadership theories and styles
  2. Critically reflect on specific inter-professional leadership issues detailing, solutions and outcomes
  3. Critically evaluate the impact of local, national and international policies and practices on leadership

Module content

  • Leadership & organisational theory
  • Strategic leadership
  • Organisational culture
  • Leaderships relation with innovation
  • Use of social media
  • Developing leadership capability
  • Leadership styles and contexts/leadership trends
  • Collaborative leadership across health and social care organisations
  • Personal impact and influence
  • Leadership in the health and social care arena
  • Client consultant relationships
  • Roles in a team, team building and appraisal
  • Improving group dynamics, team management skills
  • Commissioning and procuring public services
  • Clinical and corporate governance: accountability, safeguarding, improving quality
  • Developing compassionate leadership through mindfulness
  • Communication for the leader in a modern healthcare environment (leadership and networking)
  • Politics power and conflict
  • Communication for the leader in a modern healthcare environment
  • Negotiation and persuasion
  • Return on investment
  • Training needs analysis
More information
20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 7NU541

Management for an Integrative Health and Social Care Workforce

This module acknowledges the needs of those in current or developmental managerial roles in health and social care arenas or organisations (including the voluntary or independent sector) who wish to develop new management skills to enhance future Integrative Health and Social Care. Most students who undertake this programme of study are already employed in practice and/or in management roles within the fields of health, social care, public, voluntary/community sector organisations. The accumulation of knowledge and skills for managerial roles of the 21st century is a National and International challenge.

Through this module students will gain the skills to lead quality and service improvements, understand the value of effective strategic management and develop skills in professional judgement and problem solving.

Module learning outcomes

On completion of this module, students will be able to: 

  1. Critically examine management issues in health and social care practice 
  2. Critically evaluate and demonstrate personal management skills
  3. Critically evaluate his/her own influence  on changes/improvements through professional networks

Module content

  • People management: power politics and onflict
  • Process management
  • Project management: commissioning, procurement and contracting for care services
  • Technology management
  • Information management organisational structure
  • Financial management: financial skills for decision making, introducing finance, budget monitoring
  • Change management
  • Management theory
  • Innovative problem solving, professional judgement
  • Networking
  • Audit and evaluation
  • Awareness of law ethics and policy
  • Quality and service improvement
  • Complaints management and root cause analysis
  • Strategic business and service planning
  • Social networking for influence
  • Return on investment
  • Training needs analysis
More information
20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 7NU543

Negotiated Module

To reflect the overall aims of the programme students will be able to propose, through a process of negotiation, an element of study equivalent to one module. This allows the opportunity to study an area of interest not covered in the curriculum, or to enhance the application of previous learning to the workplace.

Module learning outcomes

On completion of this module, students will be able to:

  • Agree, complete and submit an appropriate piece of academic work in line with the learning contract and level of study

Module content

Students undertaking this module will negotiate a contract of learning with the Associate Academic or delegated supervisor. This will be a written agreement dated and signed by both parties who will each have copies. The contract will contain the following elements:

  • title
  • rationale
  • learning outcomes (approx 3 – 5)
  • an outline of how the outcomes are to be met
  • references indicating an appropriate literature search
  • proposed schedule of work
  • criteria for assessment
  • methods of assessment including weightings if appropriate
More information
20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 7NU545

Partnerships in Dementia Care

The module introduces the professional, ethical and legal dilemmas within the context of quality of life, age and culture surrounding Dementia. Through collaborative exploration of leadership structures, models of practice, management, efficiency, effectiveness and consistent quality and performance students will propose interventions to enhance Dementia Care within clinical practice. The theme ‘person centred care’ will underpin the module and students will explore cognitive and behavioural methods of intervention for the client.

Module learning outcomes

On completion of this module, students will be able to:

  1. Create a framework for effective, collaborative high quality interventions based on person-centred care
  2. Demonstrate an advanced understanding of multidisciplinary perspectives of dementia and approaches to care

Module content

  • The professional, ethical and legal dilemmas associated with the care of individuals living with dementias in relation to context, quality of life, age and culture
  • Leadership structures
  • Models of practice management
  • Person centred care including cognitive and behavioural methods of intervention
  • Underpinning practice and use of evidence in dementia care
  • Communication and compassion
  • The impact and involvement of care givers and their families
  • How a town “social network organisation” could become a supporter of dementia care
More information
20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 7NU546

Public Health: UK and International Perspectives

Although there have been improvements in public health across the globe there still remains great inequalities within regions/countries of the world. Social and medical determinants of these inequalities impact on the health of communities and populations. Public health activities can play a key part in improving the health of families, communities and localities. This module allows the student to explore and examine the issues that relate to public health through an international lens in terms of determinants of health and through reflection on their own practice. Using essential elements of public health as a framework, students will be able to compare activities between regions/countries to apply their own knowledge in relation to their own area of public health.

Module learning outcomes

On completion of this module, students will be able to:

  1. Critically evaluate and compare the dynamics and challenges of the  essential elements of public health theory and practice
  2. Propose ways in which Integrative care could be enhanced in relation to an identified global health issue

Module content

  • Definitions and scope of public health
  • Individual, community and population level approaches
  • Healthy public policy
  • Principles and essential elements of public health theory and practice
  • Reflection for learning and public health practice
  • The organisation of public health nationally and internationally
  • Accessing and using demographic and epidemiological data and information for public health
  • Exploring inequalities in health – the socioeconomic determinants of health
  • Multi-disciplinary public health
  • Exploring global public health activities
  • Barriers to public health practice
  • An introduction to evaluating public health initiatives
  • Public health in a digital world
More information
20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 7NU549

Social Consequences of Dementia Care

Recognition of the trajectory of the disease and the challenges associated with assisting people to maintain as much independence as possible, through the stages of dementia, is a key focus of a modern health and social care system. The module aims to develop skills required of an advanced practitioner capable of autonomous working within their practice setting. Students of this module will build on their understanding of Dementia as an ‘impairment’, differentiate between approaches and models of care, understand the barrier to the maintenance of personhood and apply evidence to practice appropriate to their health or social care context.

This module is suitable for a range of staff from health and social care settings such as adult nurses, mental health nurses, social workers and occupational therapists, but also including those who work in nursing homes and community settings, those who provide integrated services, Prison services and care for people with a diagnosis of dementia.

Module learning outcomes

On completion of this module, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the context of health and social care initiatives in dementia care (locally, nationally and internationally)
  2. Critically analyse barriers to maintaining personhood
  3. Critically reflect on their own effectiveness in developing a service improvement project/initiative

Module content

  • Models of Reflection
  • Communication and Compassion
  • Introduction to Dementia, diagnosis trajectory and treatment.
  • Different approaches (Bio-Medical explanations of Dementia as an ‘impairment’, social model of disability
  • Understanding Dementia from a socio-cultural perspective/ psychological perspective
  • Factors influencing a loss of personhood
  • The impact of stigma and attitudes towards individuals, their families and care givers
  • Different models of care (person-centered care/ recovery model)
  • The role of the professional in developing and applying best practice standards and the application of evidence and research
  • Consider the measures of control and release of control over the quality of life
  • Maintaining Independence
  • Self-determination
  • Right to life
  • Government legislation eg, Mental Capacity Act (2005) European Union charter of fundamental rights (2013)
More information
20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 7NU547

Research Methods in Integrative Health and Social Care

It is important to ensure that health and social care development arises from a questioning and reflexive approach to the application of knowledge to ensure evidence based care and practice. This module is designed to enable students to explore in depth the current research approaches and methodologies which impact on the delivery of advanced Integrative care in the health and social care arena.

The focus of this module is on the critical exploration of the research methodologies and evaluation of the evidence base to increase clinical effectiveness. It has relevance for all health and social care professionals, but is particularly useful for those who have an interest in developing their skills of using research in practice, those who participate in decision making and for students who require grounding in essential elements of research methodologies and evidence based practice prior to undertaking independent scholarship.

Module learning outcomes

On completion of this module, students will be able to:

  1. Critically analyse research literature and identify a topic for research
  2. Critically evaluate the relevance of different research designs, methods and data analysis methods for this chosen topic
  3. Critically evaluate the impact of ethical and practical factors affecting the conduct of research in the practice situation on this chosen topic

Module content

This module focuses on the research process to be able to understand and critically appraise published research, research design including quantitative and qualitative methodologies. Recognise the ethical constraints and how to analyse the findings from data collected using both qualitative and quantitative methodology.  The importance of appropriate disseminating research findings: including report writing and preparing for publication. Using research in Practice underpins the module, critically evaluation of evidence for evidence based practice.

More information
20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 6NU511

Therapeutics and Diagnostic Reasoning

There is a growing need for nurses in both primary and secondary care to address the issues of drug administration, basic therapeutics and the use of drugs in clinical conditions. Newly qualified nurses and their managers have acknowledged that pre-registration education does not equip them with the confidence or knowledge to take responsibility for drug administration within care settings. With the advent of independent prescribing it is important that all nurses maintain a sound knowledge base in contemporary pharmacology and therapeutics in order to contribute successfully to care in a multidisciplinary environment. In addition to this, increased public awareness of and demand for alternative and complimentary therapies together with already potent arguments for social and psychological models of health require that nurses critically reflect upon other perspectives and approaches to care.

This module will be delivered online using a variety of learning packages to explore aspects of diagnostic reasoning, pharmacology and medicines management to enable students to develop a sound knowledge base to support their clinical practice. The use of a case study within the assessment will facilitate application of the relevant evidence base within the students own clinical area so enhancing links between theory and practice.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module, students will be able to:

  1. Identify and critically analyse the practical, legal, ethical and administrative issues relating to drug administration
  2. Explore and critically discuss aspects of diagnostic reasoning and pharmacokinetics relevant to a range of medications used in patient care
  3. Critically analyse how therapeutics impact on patient care through exploration of a range of common clinical conditions
  4. Critically review alternative approaches and perspectives to care

Module content

Drug administration
  • Accountability
  • Roles and responsibilities
  • Safe storage and disposal of drugs
Diagnostic reasoning
  • Modes of consultation and health history taking
  • The use and interpretation of investigations to inform drug choice
Pharmacokinetics
  • Absorption
  • Side effects and interaction of drugs
  • Distribution
  • Elimination
  • Routes of administration
The use and effect of drugs in clinical conditions
  • Cardiovascular disorders
  • Hypertension
  • Chronic obstructive airways disease
  • Gastroentereological disorders
  • Pain Control
  • Antibiotics
The use of drugs in mental health
  • Anti-depressants
  • Psychotrophics
  • Anxiolytics
Alternative perspectives on health and care
Numeracy
Mathematics applied to the administration of drugs

Graduate skills

  • Calculations and mathematics applied to health
  • Team participation and leadership
  • Accountability
  • Responsibility

Digital skills

You will also be given the opportunity to develop digital skills through the use of interactive technology, eg discussion forums, personal blog.

This module will enable you to:

  • Participate in online discussion forums
  • Use online simulations
  • Use a variety of online resources
More information
20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 7NU537

Ethical and Legal Issues in Healthcare Policy and Practice

The current policy agenda and developing culture in health care increasingly encourage the exposure and debate of ethical and legal issues. The development of mechanisms for ethical review within the machinery of Clinical Governance, and the changes in ethical governance of professions have highlighted the importance of ethical issues and are contributing to a culture of more open discussion.

In an increasingly litigious culture, the interface between health care and law is also becoming increasingly important. Professional practitioners need to be able to engage with these issues in a coherent and confident way. Such issues arise at all levels, policy, organisation, team and individual patient care, and the module programme also seeks to address all these levels. This module will assist the practitioner to recognise and engage with these issues by application of the principles to the practice situation.

Module learning outcomes

On completion of this module, students will be able to:

  1. Critically analyse ethical and legal issues relevant to health care practice and policy, incorporating critical application of selected theoretical perspectives relevant to ethics in health
  2. Understand and apply relevant ethical arguments and legal perspectives to a specific practice situation

Module content

  • Theories of ethics
  • Professional & Interprofessional ethics
  • Legal principles relevant to health care
  • Autonomy, consent and confidentiality
  • Duty of Care
  • Quality of life
  • Decisions at the beginning and end of life
  • Rationing of health care
  • Organisations in health care
  • Professional standards and guidance
  • Policy, Legal frameworks
  • Managing change
More information
20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 7NU540

Leadership in Health and Social Care

This module is designed for health and social care professionals who are in or evolving leadership roles. The module will provide the key constructs to evaluate and mobilise their workforce. Developing a greater understanding of their own leadership styles and the understanding of their role they will have the opportunity to empower, modernise and improve the current workforce to organisational success. The module provides a current in-depth knowledge and information surrounding theories and practices of leadership and communication challenges in today’s organisations.

Module learning outcomes

On completion of this module, students will be able to:

  1. Critically appraise his/herown leadership skills against a defined set of leadership theories and styles
  2. Critically reflect on specific inter-professional leadership issues detailing, solutions and outcomes
  3. Critically evaluate the impact of local, national and international policies and practices on leadership

Module content

  • Leadership & organisational theory
  • Strategic leadership
  • Organisational culture
  • Leaderships relation with innovation
  • Use of social media
  • Developing leadership capability
  • Leadership styles and contexts/leadership trends
  • Collaborative leadership across health and social care organisations
  • Personal impact and influence
  • Leadership in the health and social care arena
  • Client consultant relationships
  • Roles in a team, team building and appraisal
  • Improving group dynamics, team management skills
  • Commissioning and procuring public services
  • Clinical and corporate governance: accountability, safeguarding, improving quality
  • Developing compassionate leadership through mindfulness
  • Communication for the leader in a modern healthcare environment (leadership and networking)
  • Politics power and conflict
  • Communication for the leader in a modern healthcare environment
  • Negotiation and persuasion
  • Return on investment
  • Training needs analysis
More information
20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 7NU541

Management for an Integrative Health and Social Care Workforce

This module acknowledges the needs of those in current or developmental managerial roles in health and social care arenas or organisations (including the voluntary or independent sector) who wish to develop new management skills to enhance future Integrative Health and Social Care. Most students who undertake this programme of study are already employed in practice and/or in management roles within the fields of health, social care, public, voluntary/community sector organisations. The accumulation of knowledge and skills for managerial roles of the 21st century is a National and International challenge.

Through this module students will gain the skills to lead quality and service improvements, understand the value of effective strategic management and develop skills in professional judgement and problem solving.

Module learning outcomes

On completion of this module, students will be able to: 

  1. Critically examine management issues in health and social care practice 
  2. Critically evaluate and demonstrate personal management skills
  3. Critically evaluate his/her own influence  on changes/improvements through professional networks

Module content

  • People management: power politics and onflict
  • Process management
  • Project management: commissioning, procurement and contracting for care services
  • Technology management
  • Information management organisational structure
  • Financial management: financial skills for decision making, introducing finance, budget monitoring
  • Change management
  • Management theory
  • Innovative problem solving, professional judgement
  • Networking
  • Audit and evaluation
  • Awareness of law ethics and policy
  • Quality and service improvement
  • Complaints management and root cause analysis
  • Strategic business and service planning
  • Social networking for influence
  • Return on investment
  • Training needs analysis
More information
20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 7NU543

Negotiated Module

To reflect the overall aims of the programme students will be able to propose, through a process of negotiation, an element of study equivalent to one module. This allows the opportunity to study an area of interest not covered in the curriculum, or to enhance the application of previous learning to the workplace.

Module learning outcomes

On completion of this module, students will be able to:

  • Agree, complete and submit an appropriate piece of academic work in line with the learning contract and level of study

Module content

Students undertaking this module will negotiate a contract of learning with the Associate Academic or delegated supervisor. This will be a written agreement dated and signed by both parties who will each have copies. The contract will contain the following elements:

  • title
  • rationale
  • learning outcomes (approx 3 – 5)
  • an outline of how the outcomes are to be met
  • references indicating an appropriate literature search
  • proposed schedule of work
  • criteria for assessment
  • methods of assessment including weightings if appropriate
More information
20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 7NU545

Partnerships in Dementia Care

The module introduces the professional, ethical and legal dilemmas within the context of quality of life, age and culture surrounding Dementia. Through collaborative exploration of leadership structures, models of practice, management, efficiency, effectiveness and consistent quality and performance students will propose interventions to enhance Dementia Care within clinical practice. The theme ‘person centred care’ will underpin the module and students will explore cognitive and behavioural methods of intervention for the client.

Module learning outcomes

On completion of this module, students will be able to:

  1. Create a framework for effective, collaborative high quality interventions based on person-centred care
  2. Demonstrate an advanced understanding of multidisciplinary perspectives of dementia and approaches to care

Module content

  • The professional, ethical and legal dilemmas associated with the care of individuals living with dementias in relation to context, quality of life, age and culture
  • Leadership structures
  • Models of practice management
  • Person centred care including cognitive and behavioural methods of intervention
  • Underpinning practice and use of evidence in dementia care
  • Communication and compassion
  • The impact and involvement of care givers and their families
  • How a town “social network organisation” could become a supporter of dementia care
More information
20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 7NU546

Public Health: UK and International Perspectives

Although there have been improvements in public health across the globe there still remains great inequalities within regions/countries of the world. Social and medical determinants of these inequalities impact on the health of communities and populations. Public health activities can play a key part in improving the health of families, communities and localities. This module allows the student to explore and examine the issues that relate to public health through an international lens in terms of determinants of health and through reflection on their own practice. Using essential elements of public health as a framework, students will be able to compare activities between regions/countries to apply their own knowledge in relation to their own area of public health.

Module learning outcomes

On completion of this module, students will be able to:

  1. Critically evaluate and compare the dynamics and challenges of the  essential elements of public health theory and practice
  2. Propose ways in which Integrative care could be enhanced in relation to an identified global health issue

Module content

  • Definitions and scope of public health
  • Individual, community and population level approaches
  • Healthy public policy
  • Principles and essential elements of public health theory and practice
  • Reflection for learning and public health practice
  • The organisation of public health nationally and internationally
  • Accessing and using demographic and epidemiological data and information for public health
  • Exploring inequalities in health – the socioeconomic determinants of health
  • Multi-disciplinary public health
  • Exploring global public health activities
  • Barriers to public health practice
  • An introduction to evaluating public health initiatives
  • Public health in a digital world
More information
20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 7NU549

Social Consequences of Dementia Care

Recognition of the trajectory of the disease and the challenges associated with assisting people to maintain as much independence as possible, through the stages of dementia, is a key focus of a modern health and social care system. The module aims to develop skills required of an advanced practitioner capable of autonomous working within their practice setting. Students of this module will build on their understanding of Dementia as an ‘impairment’, differentiate between approaches and models of care, understand the barrier to the maintenance of personhood and apply evidence to practice appropriate to their health or social care context.

This module is suitable for a range of staff from health and social care settings such as adult nurses, mental health nurses, social workers and occupational therapists, but also including those who work in nursing homes and community settings, those who provide integrated services, Prison services and care for people with a diagnosis of dementia.

Module learning outcomes

On completion of this module, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the context of health and social care initiatives in dementia care (locally, nationally and internationally)
  2. Critically analyse barriers to maintaining personhood
  3. Critically reflect on their own effectiveness in developing a service improvement project/initiative

Module content

  • Models of Reflection
  • Communication and Compassion
  • Introduction to Dementia, diagnosis trajectory and treatment.
  • Different approaches (Bio-Medical explanations of Dementia as an ‘impairment’, social model of disability
  • Understanding Dementia from a socio-cultural perspective/ psychological perspective
  • Factors influencing a loss of personhood
  • The impact of stigma and attitudes towards individuals, their families and care givers
  • Different models of care (person-centered care/ recovery model)
  • The role of the professional in developing and applying best practice standards and the application of evidence and research
  • Consider the measures of control and release of control over the quality of life
  • Maintaining Independence
  • Self-determination
  • Right to life
  • Government legislation eg, Mental Capacity Act (2005) European Union charter of fundamental rights (2013)
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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 7NU996

Independent Project

The Independent Project module forms an essential component of the Masters award. The aim of this module is to allow you to demonstrate critical analysis, problem solving, objective evaluation and reflection on an area of your field of practice. The module will be assessed through the submission of 1 proposal (formative) and 1 piece of work that reflects your in-depth study on a chosen topic area of practice. Key considerations of this individual study will include the application of theory to practice and the critical analysis of sources of evidence within a field of practice.

Module learning outcomes

On completion of this module, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate the ability to work independently; developing thought-through courses of action determined by a comprehensive awareness of techniques applicable to your own scholarship
  2. Critically appraise sources of evidence relating to a chosen area of practice in order to present an academic position
  3. Respond to ethical issues and dilemmas when conducting independent scholarship
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60 Credits
core
Coursework

Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

How you will learn

Pace of study

We recommend about 20 hours of study per week to complete one 20-credit module over a 10-week trimester. If you aim to study two modules in one trimester, we recommend 40 hours of study per week.

Assessment method

This course is assessed through 100% coursework with a range of methods, such as essays, research reports, presentations, group work and practical reports.

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Entry requirements

You will normally need the following:

If you have an International qualification, it will need to be mapped to the UK equivalent registration to ensure that you are entering the programme with at least 120 academic credits at level 6.

English language qualifications

If English is not your first language you will need an English language qualification. For this course you will need at least one of the following:

Documents to support your application

You'll need to provide:

*Documents not in English or Welsh must be accompanied by a certified translation by a professional translator/translation company. Each translation must contain:

A list of approved translators can be found on the UK Government website.

Fees and funding

 Per 20 creditsModulesCost
UK/EU/International £850 9 (six 20 credit modules and one 60 credit module) £7,650

† Prices correct for 2019/20 new students. Subject to potential annual increase in September 2020.

Flexible payment plans available

Choose from three options:

 

Masters funding options

Depending on where you are from in the UK or EU, and on your pace of study, you may be eligible for a postgraduate student loan. Accessible through Student Finance, this is a non-income based loan to help with living costs and tuition fees whilst studying your masters programme.

How to apply

Students should apply directly to the University.

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Careers

A postgraduate qualification will help you to compete in today's market. This course is centred on providing first class care in the health and social care sector and will enable you to develop your skills and expertise.

Pauline Green
Programme leader

Dr Pauline Green is a registered Social Worker and a member of the British Association of Social Workers. She has worked at the University of Derby since 1999 and is presently Academic Lead of Social Work/Social Care at the University of Derby Online Learning Department. She has published in the British Journal of Social Work and delivers resilience training for Derby Social Services.

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