Online course details

Study options

Part-time: 1 year

UK fee

£2,550

International fee

£2,550

Course level

Postgraduate

Qualification

PG Cert

Start dates

January, September, May

Location

Online

Online course description

Increasingly, practitioners are being called upon to lead effective change, implementing key leadership and management skills to improve both clinical and patient delivery within their health and social care organisation.

Ideal for health and social care professionals who are looking to lead change in the provision and delivery of their health and social care setting, this course acknowledges the needs of those in current or developmental managerial roles who are seeking to develop new managerial and leadership skills to enhance their career and improve their practice. Whether you are taking the next step in your career or have a general interest in this area of study, this course will give you the ability to make a real difference in people’s lives.

This programme will equip you with an advanced understanding in applying effective leadership and management theories to your own work setting that’s equally effective and coherent alongside today’s evolving health and social care agenda.

Ideal for health and social care professionals

This Postgraduate Certificate in Leadership and Management in Health and Social Care will enable you to practice functional and theoretical key managerial skills that are dynamic, forward thinking and practical, allowing you to become strategically involved in today’s rapidly expanding health and social care sector. The course will develop your skills and knowledge of leadership and management styles whilst also considering the impact leadership and management has on inter-professional issues, policy and change within your practice. 

Through studying this course online you will be able to implement new skills into your role as you learn, consolidating specific techniques and expertise that will help you to lead quality and service improvements within your health and social care practice. This course will also enable you to develop a greater understanding of your own leadership styles through critical analysis and a defined set of leadership theories.

Students will study three modules over the duration of one year, studying one module per trimester. In studying this Postgraduate Certificate you will achieve an advanced understanding of leadership and management styles and theoretical concepts that can be applied within a health and social care environment. 

Achieve an advanced understanding of leadership and management

Our academic team recognise that health and social care professionals are required to have a continually developing wide range of specific and transferable skills through additional training and Continuing Professional Development (CPD). This programme offers you the flexibility and diversity that will help you develop these skills while you work and will contribute towards your continuous training and CPD.

This course is particularly beneficial for directors of nursing, clinical directors, doctors, senior nurses, senior health and social care professionals, heads of service and general health and social care workers who are seeking to gain further progression within their role. The knowledge and skills gained from studying this programme will enhance your ability to develop your career and enrich your professional practice.

Find out more about the online Leadership and Management in Health and Social Care Postgraduate Certificate course

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What you will study

This programme is in line with today’s changing health and social care agenda and covers key aspects of leadership and management which is essential for those looking to implement a higher level 

This Postgraduate Certificate programme is available to study part-time and is delivered fully online.

We will advise you of your study plan when you are invited to enrol.

You will need to complete the following three core 20 credit modules at level 7 for a total of 60 credits.

Postgraduate certificatePostgraduate certificate

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
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20 Credits
core
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
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20 Credits
core
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
core
Coursework

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 3 £2,550

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

Flexible payment plans available

Choose from three options:

 

How to apply

Students should apply directly to the University.

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Careers

To study this Postgraduate Certificate, you must already be working within a health and social care setting on a paid or voluntary basis. This course will allow you to develop and enhance your career, as well as help you to improve the care of your patients, clients or service users.

You can take this course to stand out from other health professionals and Level 6 professionals, building on your skills and knowledge that can be implemented into your practice. This course will also count towards your CPD for the year, enabling progressive structured improvement in your role.

This Level 7 course will enable you to go onto our MSc Integrative Health and Social Care as well as other Master courses. Postgraduate Diplomas are also the next step up from completing this course.

In completing this course you will have the ability, skills and knowledge to help you pursue more strategic roles in the health and social care sector as well as to move ahead in a hands-on role in leadership and management within your practice.

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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