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Overview

The Healthcare Management pathway provides the knowledge and skills needed to be an effective manager in the health and healthcare sector. You will gain an understanding of the external context in which healthcare organisations operate, how they are managed, as well as the analytical techniques that can be applied to the decision-making process within the Health Sector.

Course description

The HND in Healthcare Management provides a combination of specific knowledge and skills relevant to effective practice in Health and Social Care combined with employability skills and academic learning. The programme emphasises a ‘hands on’ approach to Health and Social Care themes and is highly vocational; all students have to undertake work experience as an integral part of the programme. It is therefore an ideal course for those wishing to advance their career in Healthcare Management, develop their specific interests within the sector or equip them to undertake additional and higher responsibilities.

Year 1 (Level 4):

  • Law, policy and ethical practice in health and social care
  • Demonstrating professional principles and values in health and social care practice
  • Supporting the individual journey through the integrated health and social care workplace
  • Fundamentals of evidence based practice (Pearson set)
  • Developing Operational Management Skills for Healthcare Practice
  • Addressing health inequalities
  • Effective reporting and record keeping in health and social care

Year 2 (Level5):

  • Innovation and Improvement through Action Research (Pearson-set Project)
  • Reflective Approaches in Implementing Person-centred Practice
  • Managing Quality in Care Environments
  • Facilitating Change in Healthcare Environments
  • Global health and Wellbeing
  • Health Psychology
  • Human Resource Management

What areas will I study?

  • Law, policy and ethical practice in health and social care The Learning Outcomes in this unit build progressively from core underpinning legal principles and perspectives to national and international law on key topics within health and care practice. Students will investigate the legal and policy framework related to health and care practice in different settings, leading to opportunities to demonstrate their knowledge and skills through targeted assignments.

  • Demonstrating professional principles and values in health and social care practice This unit is intended to run alongside other units in this qualification in order that students may gather evidence to compile a Professional Learning and Development Portfolio (PLAD) which captures evidence of learning and development against a framework of Practice Themes which forms the essential core running through the unit. The unit aims to develop the skills and knowledge necessary for students to reflect on their own and others’ daily practice and improve students’ own practice and professional development

  • Supporting the individual journey through the integrated health and social care workplace The aim of this unit is to develop students’ understanding of an individual’s right to being involved in their own care and develop students’ skills in promoting this right when working with individuals. This right is, in many cases, enshrined in law and in the fundamental standards of care.

  • Fundamentals of evidence based practice (Pearson set) The aim of this unit is to develop students’ knowledge and skills to understand the purpose and process of research in health and social care particularly in relation to promoting integrated approaches to care. Students will carry out a literature review on a topic drawn from the Practice Themes aimed at quality improvement within wider health, care or support service practice

  • Health education in action This unit will support the development of students’ knowledge, understanding and skills regarding providing and supporting the provision of health education to improve the health and wellbeing of individuals accessing healthcare services. This unit will be of interest to those individuals wishing to pursue a career as a nurse, health advisor and in other healthcare-related professions where they will need to take part in health education initiative.

  • Addressing health inequalities In this unit, students will explore current public health issues and will develop understanding of the factors that influence differences in health status across populations. Students will analyse different types and levels of intervention in health protections. Health protection and the reduction of disease is an important public health role and students will review how healthcare professionals prevent and control the spread of disease. This unit will support progression to more senior roles with allied health professionals working in public health and can also support progression to continuing higher education in public health and health promotion-related degrees

  • Effective reporting and record keeping in health and social care This unit is intended to introduce students to the process of reporting and recording information in health, care or support services; it will allow them to recognise the legal requirements and the regulatory body recommendations when using paper or computers to store information, as well as the correct methods of disposing of records. This unit will enable students to recognise the importance of accurate recording and appropriate sharing of information and be able to keep and maintain records appropriately in their workplace.

  • Innovation and Improvement through Action Research (Pearson-set Project) The aim of this unit is to develop student’s research skills further to be able to carry out an independent piece of action research using human participants to contribute to service improvement. Students will make use of the Practice Themes in order to identify a suitable research project or extend a proposed study. Students will develop a deeper understanding of the types of research conducted in public health and develop their research skills further to carry out a research study using their own research questions. Students will then go on to design their research methodology and carry out a piece of action research and produce findings to a range of audiences.

  • Reflective Approaches in Implementing Person-centred Practice It provides students with an opportunity to further develop their skills as reflective practitioners. The evidence for the unit will be based on theoretical considerations as well as practice within the workplace. It requires students to bring together their classroom and workplace learning across their programme, demonstrating their professional development using reflective approaches. Learning in the workplace will be supplemented with wider understanding and knowledge from all parts of the course.

  • Supporting Individuals through Significant Life Events In this unit, students will consider different types of life events and their impact on the individuals they provide care for. The unit develops students’ awareness and understanding of emotions associated with change, and in coming to terms with emotions such as loss, fear, anxiety, anger and confusion. Students will review organisational policies in place to support individuals through change

  • Supporting Team and Partnership Working across Health and Social Care Services. On completion of this unit, students will have demonstrated that they can work in a leadership role as part of a team and will have developed their knowledge and understanding of how partnership working benefits the users of services and organisations across health, care and support service provision. The leadership qualities that will be enhanced during the unit will help students to gain confidence and understanding when working as part of a team, or as a leader, which will support employment opportunities in the healthcare sector and progress into healthcare related degree programmes.

  • Health Psychology Students will examine different disorders that have a significant psychological dimension including eating disorders, stress and anxiety, alcohol and drug dependency. They will analyse the different factors and combinations of factors that give rise to these conditions and affect their diagnosis, prognosis and treatment. The unit includes an exploration of the process of psychological evaluation relating to specific conditions with emphasis on influencing attitudes and awareness towards better health outcomes and the promotion of behavioural change.

  • Human Resource Management Students will investigate how Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is used in the workplace as well as examining their role in supporting, coaching or mentoring staff and the purpose and process of providing feedback. Students will also explore the use of development plans to allow for identification of staff training requirements and investigate their own management training needs.

  • Addressing health inequalities In this unit, students will explore current public health issues and will develop understanding of the factors that influence differences in health status across populations. Students will analyse different types and levels of intervention in health protections. Health protection and the reduction of disease is an important public health role and students will review how healthcare professionals prevent and control the spread of disease. This unit will support progression to more senior roles with allied health professionals working in public health and can also support progression to continuing higher education in public health and health promotion-related degrees

  • Health Psychology Students will examine different disorders that have a significant psychological dimension including eating disorders, stress and anxiety, alcohol and drug dependency. They will analyse the different factors and combinations of factors that give rise to these conditions and affect their diagnosis, prognosis and treatment. The unit includes an exploration of the process of psychological evaluation relating to specific conditions with emphasis on influencing attitudes and awareness towards better health outcomes and the promotion of behavioural change.

  • Global Health and Wellbeing The aim of this unit is for students to explore the field of global health and wellbeing, through the investigation of epidemiological approaches to improving population health. While learning the underpinning processes of epidemiology, students will link these to real-world examples within their own area of healthcare practice. Topics in this unit include epidemiology of global, national and local health issues, including contributory factors, incidence and prevalence, data analysis, researching global health issues, communicable and non-communicable diseases and the effectiveness of interventions, including the impact of own practice.

  • Managing Quality in Care Environments This unit will enable students to develop their knowledge of these differing perspectives, to review the requirements of external regulatory bodies and to analyse these in relation to the needs of patients, customers, staff and other internal stakeholders. Students will explore the methods used to assess different quality markers as well as strategies for managing service quality in order to maintain continuous improvement and positive outcomes.

  • Facilitating Change in Healthcare Environments The aim of this unit is for the student to recognise the different components of change management, and to develop the skills to be able to facilitate the identification, development, piloting of and evaluation of a change management initiative in a healthcare context. Students will develop their knowledge of the theoretical aspects of change management in the application of an identified change initiative

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Age range Start Fees Duration Further Information
- 14 September 2020 Duration: 2 Academic years £6165.00 2 Academic years -