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Advancing Practice MSc

This interdisciplinary course develops a critical appreciation of health and social care within a contemporary, social, political, economic and cultural context.

Modules include Advanced Adult Health Assessment and Leading and Managing people. The course is modular and as such can be studied either full or part-time. It will appeal if you are providing or interested in care and health in the statutory, voluntary or private sectors.

The course will develop your critical thinking and evaluative skills. The flexible postgraduate modular scheme means you can study at your own pace, and there are opportunities to design a personally focused course to meet individual needs and interests.

The course will enable you to get involved in debate and share ideas with other students from a range of different backgrounds and perspectives within the health, social care and welfare sector.

Social Work MA

The course dynamically integrates theory and practice embracing both learning in the classroom and in placement settings. The course provides a generic learning opportunity encompassing all service user groups and every effort is made to involve service users, carers, practitioners and managers from across the social work arena in the learning experience.

While the course works to the UK points of reference including the QUA benchmarks the requirements of the HCPC and The College of Social Work (TCSW) , the course team also embrace the International Federation of Social Work’s definition:

“The social work profession promotes social change, problem solving in human relationships and the empowerment and liberation of people to enhance well-being.   Utilising theories of human behaviour and social systems, social work intervenes at the points where people interact with their environments. Principles of human rights and social justice are fundamental to social work.”

This course, and the associated PG Certificate in Leadership & Management (Health and Social Care), and PG Diploma in Leadership & Management (Health and Social Care) is taught and assessed with colleagues from the University’s partner, Business Development Consultancy, a Birmingham-based consultancy specialising in support services for health and social care organisations. It is available as an open programme (taught at both the University in Worcester, and Birmingham) to which individuals are invited to apply, and also as a corporate offer to clients looking to develop groups of middle and senior personnel within an organisation. In the case of Corporate programmes, the programme can be delivered flexibly, both in terms of delivery model and composition, and at a venue negotiated with the organisation.

The programme is mapped against the National Occupational Standards in Management and Leadership, NHS Leadership Framework, and 11 behaviours of the Institute of Healthcare Management’s Accredited Manager Status. The course also mirrors the new Level 7 QCF qualifications in Commissioning, Procurement and Contracting for Care Services.

Year 1: 

• Emerging Issues in Leading and Managing Health and Social Care (nothing via search box)
• Leadership Concepts 
• Operational Strategy 
• Attracting, recruiting & retaining talent 
• Finance for non-financial managers

Year 2 : 
• Research Methods 
• Coaching & Mentoring 
• Corporate Strategy: Planning to Win 
• Leading and Managing Change 
• Ethics and Corporate Governance

Year 3: 
The course will conclude with a Dissertation, involving a detailed investigation of a key issue affecting your organisation, in agreement with your supervisor.


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