The aim of the module is two fold: Firstly, to equip healthcare professionals to become critical consumers of research as practitioners by providing them with knowledge and understanding necessary to understand the impact of research through the ability to evaluate research appropriately; and secondly to provide the opportunity to undertake an in depth literature review to investigate a research question of their choice. The module provides an introduction to different types of literature review, systematic reviews, integrative reviews and scoping reviews. The module provides an introduction to a range of qualitative and quantitative research methods and outlines the different epistemological and ideological foundations of contrasting research paradigms. The module includes exposure to the techniques involved in analysing both qualitative and quantitative data, as well as considering ethical issues relating to research.
The module aims to enable students working or planning to work in the health, social care arenas to: - Develop advanced academic writing and study skills for successful postgraduate study and advanced professional development. - Raise your awareness of your knowledge skills and abilities, their acquisition and their relevance within Health and Social care employment. - Develop an electronic personal development plan that will form the basis of your programme at Masters level or your career plan. Your personal development plan will need to outline a complete, comprehensive and cohesive programme of study that relates to your current and future professional development goals or proposed career. This programme may be work based or taught or a combination of both. You will need to be in current employment to undertake work based modules. Your personal development plan may be added to over the duration of your course and made into a professional portfolio of academic work and other materials. - Create a professional curriculum vitae for inclusion in your professional development plan / portfolio. - Develop your reflective practice skills and ensure that your study is focussed and the most appropriate development plan for your current and/or future employment goals. For work based route students it is a tripartite agreed programme between yourself, your employer and the University. Students may not study any further work based units, (7WB001, 002, 003 and 004) until they have achieved a pass grade for this module.
This module aims to facilitate creativity, innovation and improvement within the health and care setting to improve working practices and the quality of the service delivered. As part of the service improvement process you will apply relevant theories and models, methods and tools and manage data using accepted statistical process control methods. At the end of the module you will prepare a final report summary to disseminate your findings to others.
Current initiatives within the National Health Service (NHS) have been aimed at modernisation with clinical governance being a keystone of these changes. Increasingly healthcare professionals are expected only to use methods that have been proven to be effective and to monitor the quality of care provided. This module aims to prepare you for the task of improving the quality of patient care through the exploration of the seven pillars of clinical governance and patient safety initiatives. You will draw upon the current literature to critically explore best practice and examine your own development needs in this field. This module addresses the need for health and social care professionals to engage more effectively with the factors that fundamentally affect the provision of safe, effective and compassionate healthcare for patients.
This module aims to support you the healthcare professional in critically examining healthcare policies in the context of the evolving health and social care agenda. It gives you the opportunity to consider contemporary healthcare strategy and healthcare systems in the planning of services to patients and carers. Aspects of equality, equity and diversity related to health and social care will be addressed throughout the module.
This module is designed to meet employability criteria and professional benchmarks relating to leadership and innovation relating to health care delivery. You will work collaboratively with fellow professionals to explore theories and concepts of leadership and management in the workplace. You will investigate political and professional perspectives of leadership and managment and investigate influences on your own style and behaviour. The module will test your conscious and unconscious values and beliefs of what constitutes an effective leader and manager in the challenging culture and environment of the healthcare service.
Research is essential in finding out new knowledge, that can lead to transformative change in treatment, policies and care. Research can find answers to things that are unknown, filling gaps in knowledge and changing the way health care professionals work. Through evidence based practice professionals can solve specific practice problems, through the integration of the best available research evidence, clinical expertise and resources. The aim of this module is to enable and equip students to become critical consumers and research minded practitioner researchers, in order that they have the capacity to undertake a research project. The students write a dissertation project on a research topic/ area of their choice within a limited time span of 12 months. The dissertation will build upon the theoretical and methodological skill and knowledge as a practitioner researcher from previous modules. The module provides the student with three choices for the dissertation assessment. Specific advice is provided for each option. All four types of assessment should demonstrate the rigour and audit ability according to their paradigm. To some extent the choice will be guided by the programme of study they have already completed. The student produces a written piece of work of not more than 15,000 words (+/- 10%). The student will also be required to complete a poster presentation that meets the academic standard and rigour of presenting at a conference. The 3 choices are: 1. Primary research (Direct research - data collection conducted by the student). 2. Integrative Review (Secondary research - reanalysis of existing research findings). 3. Evidence Based Practice project (Implementing and evaluating an evidence based intervention in practice)