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MSc Leadership and Management in Health and Social Care

This is a one year fill-time or two to five years part time programme.

Who is the programme aimed at?

If you want to take the initiative to improve patient safety, patient experience and clinical outcomes-no matter what your position-then this programme is right for you.  If you want to take the initiative to integrate social care and health care so that client needs are addressed seamlessly, then this programme is right for you.   If you are overseas, and want to explore ways of improving health outcomes and patient care back home, then this programme is right for you. If you want to break silos, think creatively, motivate others, and have your work benefit people in need, then this programme is right for you.

Developing decision-making skills

Through six modules and a dissertation, we help you build an understanding and appreciation of best practices drawn from health care, aviation, manufacturing, and other industries; how to use data and evidence to drive practice; how to evaluate processes and routines so that you can measurably improve them, how to get the best from your peers-and the strategies that are needed to embed them into the day-to-day work of high-quality clinical and social care.

We do this by building managerial and leadership skills, such as structured decision-making, strategic management, resource and pathway planning, and we link this to building your skills of persuasion, team building, holistic thinking, understanding and managing yourself, motivating others, and creative problem-solving.  

And we do this by developing and deepening your thinking.  The programme has a distinct practice-based focus underpinned by theory.  You'll be introduced to, and use, abstract concepts and you'll develop deep principles of leadership. The theoretical elements build an intellectual flexibility so you can make sense of and respond to a variety of situations; the practical focus helps you to apply your knowledge and skills in the real-world. 

What are the entry requirements?

You need a second class honours degree or higher/ equivalent qualification. If you don't have a first degree, you may be considered if you have a relevant professional qualification level plus two or more  years' management or leadership experience.

Who is the Academic lead on this Programme?

This programme is lead by Dr Richard Giordano who joined the Faculty in October 2010 from after being a Senior Consultant in Leadership Development at the King's Fund. Previous to that, he was a lecturer in management at the School of Management and Organizational Psychology at Birkbeck, University of London, and research lecturer at the Center for Innovation in Product Development at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).  His research interests include clinical leadership, knowledge sharing across disciplines, action-research and participative design, and web-based medicine and health care. 

MSc Clinical Practice

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