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Health and Social Care Management and Policy - MSc

Why study this course?

This course, accredited by the Institute of Healthcare Management, examines the social, political and economic context within which health and social services operate, locating this within the advanced study of social policy. A particular feature of the curriculum is its focus on policy, management and collaborative working structures in the context of regulation, evaluation and accountability frameworks for service delivery.

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The course is designed to meet the needs of those working in health and welfare services as practitioners, managers or administrators.

The student group is therefore multidisciplinary, and most course members combine study with full-time work. The course is also suitable for graduates with a research interest in the changing nature of health and social care in the new mixed economy of welfare.

The course has recently been re-validated and re-focused. It now offers increased opportunities for you to combine your study of health and social policy with specialist modules in evaluation, management, social work practice, regeneration or public health.

Teaching methods

Your learning is structured around weekly contact time with the teaching team and is complemented by your independent work based on guidance supplied in lectures, group work, and interactive workshops. Blended learning, enquiry based learning and problem based learning will be used to help you comprehend theoretical concepts.

Assessment

You are assessed via essays, seminar papers, mini-projects, reports and management exercises.

Professional accreditation

This course is accredited by the Institute of Healthcare Management.

You will be required to have:

  • a good honours degree in a relevant subject discipline such as sociology, psychology, the social sciences or politics, or the ability to demonstrate the knowledge base, academic skills and motivation to benefit from and succeed in an advanced level award (Applicants with lower qualifications but substantial work or voluntary experience in a relevant area may be considered)

We're looking for motivated applicants who have a degree in health, management, policy, social care or related subjects and can demonstrate their knowledge base, strong analytical abilities that are underpinned by academic skills. Health and social care managers or policy makers with substantial relevant work experience may be considered and are also encouraged to apply. Experienced clinical staff or senior practitioners moving into a management role will be considered.

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

If you're studying full-time, each year (level) is worth 120 credits.

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2016/17 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.

Year 1 modules include:

  • This module currently runs:
    • summer studies - Friday morning

    The module aims to provide students with an opportunity to analyse a management issue in policy implementation. It will enable students to reflect on and critically appraise the range of issues which a particular policy is designed to address and provide an opportunity to build on students’ existing knowledge and experience of policy development and implementation. Using a range of theoretical and practice-based perspectives from social science disciplines, students’ will apply their understanding of how the context affects the implementation of policy and the role of managers in assuring the effectiveness.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester

    This module will allow students to explore the concept of impact assessment drawing on theory, practice and evidence base, using case studies and group activities. Using a variety of techniques and tools that are common practice e.g. community profiling, data analysis, literature review, social science/qualitative research techniques, lobbying, political awareness, partnership working, project management and a team approach students will learn to assess the distribution of effects of different interventions on population groups.

    The module is taught in Block.

    In 2014-15

    AUTUMN Semester:

    23& 24 Oct; 20, 21&22 Nov; 11 &12 Dec


    SPRING Semester

    12&13 Feb; 13 &14 March; 9&10 April

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Wednesday

    This module has been designed to enable students to reflect on their management knowledge, skills and experiences, set their own development goals and draw on a robust theoretical framework and practice skills set to address common management issues. Students will be able to analyse management approaches critically in respect of the quality of service delivery and staff performance and in the context of resource constraints.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Monday

    This module introduces students to the concept of public service strategies and how they relate to the public policy making process. It requires you to focus on the strategy making process in an organisation of your choice. An introduction to concepts of strategy, administration and management is followed by an analysis of contexts, core values, problem identification, options analysis, models of decision-making, and implementation. Strategies of, and management of change are a key focus. The evaluation of the success of strategic decisions and an appraisal of ethical issues arising are also considered.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Tuesday

    The module aims to provide a critical understanding of the policy process and challenges confronting countries in policy development, analysis, implementation and evaluation. It uses a range of theoretical and practice-based perspectives from social science disciplines to examine the varying contexts in which health policy is developed and implemented.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • summer studies

    This module is Block delivered, over the Summer period

    Students are introduced to a range of policy initiatives relating to children and families, and practice implications for professionals are critically appraised.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Thursday
    • autumn semester - Thursday
    • autumn semester - Tuesday
    • spring semester - Tuesday

    It is increasingly acknowledged that many organisations are functioning in what are turbulent and uncertain environments. Significantly, the CIPD in its position paper People Management Matters placed the role of changes in external markets and associated competitive pressures at the forefront of factors seen to be exerting an influence on organisations, managers and the management of people. Such an approach has also influenced recent academic treatment of people management and is increasingly reflected in government policy towards product and labour markets and in legislation affecting the management of people.

    Perhaps as significant as the developing competitive context for organisations has been the growing importance of Europe and specifically the European Union. There is little within the people management area, which is not affected to some degree by actions taken by the EU, and this is destined to become more important in the foreseeable future. Of particular importance is the role of EU-inspired legislation in the people management area and this along with domestic legislation is combining to bring about significant changes to the personnel/HR role in many organisations.

    Much of what is covered in this module is to take these and other broader contextual issues such as demographic and technological changes and attempt to analyse them in some depth and then explore their implications for organisations, specifically those of strategy and structure, and the management of staff. That is to examine and analyse the contexts in which organisations operate and then to examine how management responds to contextual diversity and continuous change in devising and implementing appropriate strategies for survival and growth.

    Finally, the module engages with the whole area of corporate governance, including CSR but with particular focus on how organisations are owned and controlled and how this plays out in terms of the role and status accorded to people management. This connects with the importance of issues such as shareholder value, and how HR adds value to an organisation, which in turn leads into consideration of the need for HR to be financially aware and to be able to argue its case in accounting and financial terms.

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  • The module approaches management and organisational behaviour from a cross-cultural perspective and explores the significance of cultural differences for management practices within increasingly diverse national and international contexts

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  • This module currently runs:
    • summer studies

    Ethical Issues in Healthcare
    This module provides an opportunity for in-depth enquiry at advanced level into the ethical dimensions of contemporary healthcare, and examines the application of ethical theories and approaches to practical dilemmas in healthcare.
    Semester: spring
    Assessment: Oral Presentation 30%; Essay 70%

    In the 2014-15 session this module should run in Block - June 9,10, 16 and 17 (10:00-17:00)

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Thursday

    This multi-disciplinary module examines health and health care in urban settings. It focuses on the notions of urban health crisis, urban health penalty and urban health advantage which are examined by reference to London and other selected “global” and "world cities". It explores the significance for health and health care of London and other world cities by focusing at their position as global cities as the starting point. Hence, students will examine health challenges experienced in London and other world cities by patients, communities, health workers, service providers and local authorities against a background of globalization. The module uses a public health approach grounded in the impact of social and economic factors on health exemplified in the work of the London Health Improvement Board and WHO Commission on the Social Determinants of Health. The module highlights urban and public health issues and inequalities in health status amongst population groups and communities within urban settings. In addition, it analyses the outstanding factors that create differences in health and healthcare systems between global / world cities in the developed and developing world. Therefore, it provides an opportunity for students to develop skills underpinned by global citizenry and attributes that will enable them to engage critically with the process of formulating policy in relation to shifting public health agendas towards health promotion and health care improvement in urban settings in the context of globalisation.

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  • Housing Strategy (code SSP131N) introduces students to the role of local authorities in developing partnerships to ensure that residents have decent, affordable housing and sustainable communities. It addresses the need for a strategic approach to housing, evaluates sources of evidence and critically assesses how strategies are developed and implemented. Housing and planning is placed in the wider economic, social and environmental context. The module critically explores how addressing housing problems and building new housing contributes to regeneration and improvements in social cohesion, health and education. Students will have the chance to develop transferable skills that can be used for further study or employment. It is taught in semester A, and there are no prerequisites, co-requisites or barred combinations. The assessment is a 2500 word report, and a 15 minute presentation.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Monday

    This module is closely related to Managing Self and Others. It focuses on the cultural and social context of organisations workign in and with communities and on achieving organisational development and change. It is concerned both with internal relationships, structures and processes, and with external relationships, including partnerships and collaboration.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Tuesday afternoon

    The module focuses mainly on the micro level of management: managing oneself and relationships with others. Management issues are addressed in the context of values-based organisations whether in the public, voluntary, or community sectors or social enterprises. Participants are introduced to management and leadership theories and relevant policy frameworks in order to facilitate critical reflection on aspects of their management and leadership role. In addition, participants will explore key practice areas, drawing from relevant theories and reflecting on their relevance to their own experience. Particular attention will be paid to time management, leadership and communication skills, assertion, and negotiation skills. Students will also review the developmental role of the leader and manager, and the module will critically explore current ideas and practices regarding enabling change and managing risk, and in working with teams, networks, and inter-professional working groups.

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  • This module examines the theory and practice of assessing effectiveness against service delivery objectives, and considers some of the options for responding to shortfalls. Students undertake 2 full day workshops to appraise financial and non-financial performance data, and join a wider group of students to explore the strengths and weaknesses of the differing evaluative techniques used in the public sector.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Monday afternoon

    The module will cover relevant theory, policy, practice and ethical issues. Definitions of partnership working and inter-professional care will be explored, alongside students' own reflections on past experiences. Professional codes and ethics, users’ rights and needs will be discussed, as will professional stereotypes. The impact of policy and organisational issues will be explored in relation to users and carers of services and the implications for working together, including negotiation and decision making. Skills, capabilities and underpinning values will be addressed throughout and include communication, risk management, confidentiality, accountability and shared accountability. As part of the process students undertake small and large group works so some aspects of group and team dynamics will be explored: this will be important for developing self-awareness to allow students to acknowledge their own strengths and weaknesses with regard to development planning. Please note we will use examples drawn from real cases as much as possible so the client group or setting is not the key point but what you can learn about the principles and practice of partnership working.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Thursday afternoon

    This module is core for district nursing students and is open to health, social work and other students with an interest in the health and social care of older people. The module explores a range of health and psych-social perspectives in relation to ageing in today's society. Attention is paid to the individual experience and assumptions about older people with regard to current policy and rights through themes - eg the user's voice, values and choices with regard models of caring, hazards and key health concerns.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Tuesday

    This module will equip people working in public services (stautory, voluntary or private) with a range of tools for designing, developing and managing and monitoring projects

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester

    Within communities and environments where 'user involvement' and public participation in a range of social and political processes has received increased attention in recent years, so too has the need for effective participation in social research and evaluation activities. Moving beyond ideas of people as research participants, this module examines ways of involving different communities and reasons for using participatory methods, its contexts and how these approaches increase understanding of people's lived experiences. It will further focus on how to decide the appropriateness of different approaches in varied contexts.

    2013-14 timeslots:

    SS7055 will run on 6 single days (9.30-4.30pm) in Autumn Semester - ie not throughout the semester.

    Autumn Semester slots:

    October 7 and 8 (Mon-Tue) 9:30-4:30
    November 8 and 9 (Fri-Sat) 9:30-4:30
    December 5 and 6 (Thur-Fri) 9:30-4:30

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Thursday

    The module starts from the proposition that the study of social policy includes much more than the study of western welfare states. It examines critically the ways in which societies and communities from the local to the transnational, not just governments, address (or fail to address) basic needs. The module uses a selection of policy examples which aim to address a range of basic needs such as access to paid employment, healthcare, schooling, citizenship, family benefits, in and out of work benefits, pensions, affordable housing, adult care, early childhood education and care. It will look at aspects of these through various analytic lenses, including the impact of policies on social divisions, and the roles of neoliberalism, globalisation, social investment, human development, social development, antiracist and feminist perspectives. The module includes a ‘regional’ approach, covering some of the following: the European Union; Latin America; North America; sub-Saharan Africa; East Asia; the Indian sub-continent. The most prominent approaches to comparative social policy are pervasive, namely: regime analysis, path dependency/institutionalism, and convergent functionalism.

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An MSc is awarded to students who successfully complete four core modules, two options from a list, and a triple-module project. Concepts, skills and theory covered in the course are integrated through a 12-15,000-word dissertation evaluating the management or implementation of a particular policy in your own workplace.

  • Management of health and Social Services
  • Understanding Policy Process
  • Strategic Planning for Change Management
  • Health Impact Assessment

Examples of optional modules include:

  • Developments and Management in Community Care
  • Health in the City
  • Measuring and Monitoring Performance
  • Children and Families Policy and Practice
  • Housing Strategy
  • Social Structures and Policies
  • Global Social Policies
  • Ethical issues in Health Care
  • Managing Self and Others
  • Project Management
  • Cross Cultural Management
  • Contextualising Management
  • Partnership Working and Management

One option should come from the policy area (health, mental health, social policy, community care, or family policy), and the other will be in management. Managers who wish to study for a PG Certificate (three modules) or Postgraduate Diploma (six modules) in Health and Social Care Management and Policy may exit from the MSc programme after they have completed the required module.

This qualification will enhance the career prospects of those working in many settings where knowledge and skills in health and social care management or policy making is relevant. Graduates from our existing programmes report improved career choices and advancement as a result of learning acquired on this programme.

Many have gone on to careers as drug and alcohol rehabilitation managers, managers of learning disability services, primary care trust business development managers, day centre managers, sure start programme managers, health visitor managers, prison service managers, residential and nursing care home managers, advisors in local authorities, community care managers, managed policy research, policy makers.

Between 2016 and 2020 we're investing £125 million in the London Metropolitan University campus, moving all of our activity to our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching location of some courses will change over time.

Whether you will be affected will depend on the duration of your course, when you start and your mode of study. The earliest moves affecting new students will be in September 2017. This may mean you begin your course at one location, but over the duration of the course you are relocated to one of our other campuses. Our intention is that no full-time student will change campus more than once during a course of typical duration.

All students will benefit from our move to one campus, which will allow us to develop state-of-the-art facilities, flexible teaching areas and stunning social spaces.

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.

Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.

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Please note, fees and course details may be subject to change.

When to apply

You are advised to apply as early as possible as applications will only be considered if there are places available on the course.

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