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Transforming Integrated Health and Social Care MSc/PGDip/PGCert

Transforming Integrated Health and Social Care MSc/PGDip/PGCert

School of Community Health and Midwifery

Level

Post- graduate

Mode

Taught

Campus

Online Only

Contact UCLan

Course Enquiries
University of Central Lancashire
Preston, PR1 2HE, UK.

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400
Email: cenquiries@uclan.ac.uk

  • Duration:

    The course is delivered part-time and normally takes 3 years to complete. Students can opt to take the course more slowly, over 5 years if they wish.

  • Level:

    Postgraduate

  • Mode:

    Taught

  • Delivery:

    eLearning, Part-time

  • Campus:

    Online Only

  • Start Date:

    September and January. Most students begin in September but there are opportunities to begin in January.

  • Award Type:

    MSc/PGDip/PGCert

Why study this programme?

This MSc has been directly tailored to address the pressing need to confront contemporary issues in relation to the integration of health and social care. The course seeks to explore the inherent challenges in transforming health and social care policy and practice and is suitable for those individuals who hold strategic positions within organisations as well as individual health and social care professionals who wish to learn more about how to enhance care.

Specifically the course aims to: provide an opportunity for health and care professionals to undertake a critical evaluation of underlying theory, practice and research in health and social care; provide a forum to share knowledge and experience; debate methodological and contemporary issues and enhance practice within a collaborative on-line learning community; enable critique of the conceptual analysis and practical application of integrated health and social care and develop critically reflective leaders, practitioners, managers or researchers who can function at an advanced level of practice and provide leadership in the planning, development and critical evaluation of integrated health and social care.  

Entry Requirements

A recognised British honours degree of 2.2 or above, or its equivalent, in a relevant subject from an approved institution of higher education.

Non-standard applicants are welcome.  Recognition of Prior and Work Based Learning in accordance with University regulations may be available.  Informal enquiries are welcomes so please do ask if you are unsure about whether you met the entry requirements.

English language and writing skills at GCSE English (Grade C or above) or IELTS 6.5

Programme at a Glance

The course is divided into a number of modules, some of which are core and others which are options.  The core modules are worth 120 credits:
 

  • SW4707 Leadership for Innovation or Integration
  • NU4084 Transforming Integrated Health and Social Care
  • NU4025 Introduction to Post Graduate Research
  • NU4053 Dissertation

For the remaining 3 x 20 credit modules students can choose from a range of optional modules from across the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing.  These are selected in conjunction with the Course Leader (note not all modules may be available in any particular year, and may be subject to amendment or change).  Indicative modules include:
 

  • MW4201 Health and Wellbeing
  • MW4202 Principles of Sustainability
  • NU4013 Deconstructing Practice
  • NU4085 Therapeutic Relationships
  • EZ4009 Values, Ethics and Mental Health
  • HI4000 Postgraduate and Professional Study Skills
  • HI4004 Informatics for Health and Social Care
  • HI4007 Quality Assurance for Health and Social Care
  • HI4008 Comparative Study of National Health and Social Care Systems
  • MW4036 Organisational Leadership and Management
  • MW4200 Connecting Sustainability Health and Wellbeing
  • NU4068 Transcultural Health and Social Care
  • NU4075 Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults International Context
  • NU4086 Applying Methods in Health Research
  • NU4087 Inspiring Education
  • HP4006 Research ethics and Governance
  • HP4007 Student Initiated Module
  • PG4114 Health and Sustainable Settings: Theory, Policy and Practice

Postgraduate Advice Event

Find out more about our Postgraduate courses. Book onto our Postgraduate Advice Event on 12 June 2017

Further Information

Equipment needed

The most vital requirement is a high speed broadband connection that allows you to join the live tutorials as well as downloading some large documents.

Some students find it strange at first to be studying in this way, but soon get used to the technology and interacting with materials and fellow students online.

In addition you will need:

  • Regular access to your computer
  • A standard web cam
  • A headset with headphones and microphone

Skills needed

As this is a master's course you will be required to think at a high analytical level. You will be expected to immerse yourself in topics that may be outside your normal experience such as philosophy, social sciences, research and reflective practice.

All topics are delivered in English so a high level of spoken and written English is essential.

Some students have joined the course with little experience of working with computers and we know that they struggle in the first semester whilst trying to familiarise themselves with the technology. If this is the case for you then you may consider a short course in IT before starting the course. The main skills needed are:

  • email
  • word processing
  • navigating websites
  • downloading documents
  • online video conferencing (like Skype)

Your induction onto the course will include an introduction to researching using online databases, books and journals. You also have the back-up of the university’s IT support team.

All applications for this course must be made using UCLan's online application system

For application enquiries please contact the course leader Jean Duckworth on jeduckworth@uclan.ac.uk

How to Apply

You can apply for many of the postgraduate UCLan courses using our Online Application System.

For other postgraduate courses you can apply directly to UCLan by downloading a Postgraduate Application Form (.pdf 190KB) please also see our Postgraduate Application Guidance Notes (.pdf 158KB).

Course Specification and Handbook

For a concise summary of the main features of this course, see our course specification.
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

Applications

Apply now or see further information about postgraduate study and research. International students should visit our international pages.

Contact Us

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400

Email: cenquiries@uclan.ac.uk

Fees 2017/18

Full-time: N/A
Part-time: £880 per 20 credits Studied (first 120 credits)

Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated and may be subject to increase annually in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rate

Further information:

For 2016/17 fees please refer to our fees page.

New UK Government Postgraduate Loans Scheme

The UK Government has confirmed that a new postgraduate loan scheme will be introduced for students commencing a Full Masters Postgraduate programmes from 2016/17 academic year.

View further information

Learning Environment and Assessment

The entire course is delivered via e-learning and students are never required to attend the university hence the course is open to people both across the UK and worldwide.  As a graduate you can, of course, attend for the graduation ceremony (in full gowns) if desired. 

E-Learning means that you can study from home or work as long as you have the necessary equipment and a good broadband speed.  

The university website hosts an area that is dedicated to the MSc course where all materials are posted.  Teaching materials for each session are posted on this web area together with links for readings and other interesting books and journals.  This means you can use the resources of the university to support your learning without ever needing to come to Preston.

Depending on the  module students are asked to work through notes and materials each week, contribute to online discussions (like a chat room) and then meet up to one hour each week using video conferencing to meet with tutors and other students.  This live discussion may be weekly or on alternate weeks, however this will vary through the year and depending on the module.  We offer a choice of times for the online sessions to ensure accessibility wherever you are.  The academic year runs from September to May.

Equipment needed

The most vital requirement is a high speed broadband connection that enables you to join the live tutorials as well as downloading some large documents.  Some students find it strange at first to be studying in this way, but soon become accustomed to the technology and interacting with materials and fellow students online. 

In addition you will need:

•    Regular access to a computer
•    A standard webcam
•    A headset with headphones and a microphone
Skills needed
As this is a Masters course you will be required to think at a high analytical level.  You will be expected to immerse yourself in topics that may be outside your normal experience and practice, such as philosophy, social sciences, research and reflective practice.
All topics are delivered in English so a high level of spoken and written English is essential.  Some students have joined the course with little experience of working with computers and we know that they struggle in the first semester whilst trying to familiarize themselves with the technology.  If this is the case for you then you may consider a short IT course before starting the course.  

The main skills needed are:

  • Email
  • Word processing
  • Navigating websites
  • Down-loading documents
  • Online video conferencing (like Skype)

Your induction onto the course will include an introduction to researching using online databases, books and journals.  You also have the back-up of the university’s IT support team.

Teaching team

Tutors are qualified to teach in higher education and hold a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (or equivalent). They are also Fellows of the Higher Education Academy. Jean Duckworth is the course leader and she is supported by experienced academics and researchers.

Jean Duckworth is the course leader for the  MSc Transforming Integrated Health and Social Care and is the module leader for MY4002 Principles of Sustainability, HP4006 Research, Ethics and Governance and HP4007 Student Initiated Module. Jean has a background in law and medical ethics and currently teaches across a number of modules including research, ethics and leadership modules. For her PhD Jean used phenomenological methodology to investigate the philosophy and practice of midwife homeopaths. Jean is also involved in a range of external activities associated with the legal and ethical conduct of practitioners and researchers.

Kate Chatfield has a background in philosophy (BA) and holistic healthcare provision (MSc) and has a PhD in bioethics. She has been teaching postgraduate students at UCLan, via e-learning courses, since 2006 and is responsible for a variety of online modules such as ‘Health and Wellbeing’, ‘Introduction to Postgraduate Research’ and ‘Applying Methods in Health Research’. As well as teaching, Kate is also working as a researcher with two large, multi-centred, EU projects addressing bioethical challenges: TRUST and Responsible Industry.  For her PhD, Kate analysed ethical challenges posed by the use of traditional and complementary medicines. This involved analysis of the impacts upon animals and the environment as well as people living in both high income, and low and middle income countries.  A concern for the health and wellbeing of both current and future generations is the driving force behind most of Kate’s teaching and research interests.

Phil O’Hare has worked in a variety of social work and social care roles between 1985 and 2003 including, support worker for disabled adults, day centre worker and homeless outreach worker. He worked for Hackney Social Services as a care worker with disabled adults and as deputy manager in a residential therapeutic community in London. 
Phil qualified as a social worker in 1991 and was employed by Liverpool City Council on a Short Term Assessment Team and then as an ASW in a Mental Health Social Work Team 1994-2003. He has also worked for a number of years for both Salford and Liverpool John Moore’s University as a personal tutor on a variety of social work courses. He was a practice teacher for several years.

Anne Milston graduated in 1991 as an Occupational therapist and has worked across a range of services within Mental Health, Learning disability, Acute Medicine and Oncology. Anne’s final clinical post was for 13 years within Cardiac Rehabilitation and Coronary Prevention Services. Here Anne developed expertise within patient education and health promotion and designing Health Behaviour Change Programmes. Anne also led the service specialising in anxiety and stress management and vocational rehabilitation. She is particularly interested in the development of research skills within undergraduate and post graduate programmes and has particular experience of qualitative methods. Her PhD explored the patient experience of living with heart failure. 

Opportunities

It is anticipated that people will have a variety of reasons for wishing to undertake this course of study. Some individuals may already work within the health and social care sectors and be taking this course to enhance their practice.

Others may be more interested in research and may wish to pursue further studies through PhD. It is possible for students, after successful completion of this course, to apply for the Professional Doctorate in Health (PrD), which confers the title Dr on completion of extended original research on their chosen topic.

The optional modules allow for the differing needs of individuals to be met through various pathways. For example, a person wishing to pursue a career in research may opt for two additional modules in research, whereas a person who has, or is aiming for, a position of responsibility within an organisation or community may benefit from the optional modules in Leadership and Healthy and Sustainable Settings.

All students are counselled about their choice of optional modules.