The School has worked closely with senior NHSand Local Government Commissioning staff to develop this work-based, relevant applied course for staff working in or with public services. Designed with current practitioners in mind the course is a mixture of blended and face-to-face learning delivered around the needs of the individual and their employer.
This MSc Commissioning for Health and Social Care aims to provide you with a master’s level education in the concepts, theories, academic and practical skills that you will require to be an effective and efficient commissioner. The Postgraduate Certificate forms one thrid of the overall Masters.The course offers a flexible approach to learning with options to study a module at a time or as a whole course leading on to the Postgraduate Diploma and finally the Masters.
You will develop a sound working knowledge of the principles and practice of commissioning for health and social care and the underpinning policy. You will develop valuable skills in communication and strategic leadership. You will also develop a wide range of inter-personal skills for effective use in multi-agency teams. There will be opportunities to take part in module activities with a wide range of professional and other key stakeholders and organisations involved in the commissioning process.
What happens on the course?
Theories and models of commissioning
Module code: 7HW056
This module will enable you to explore the concepts and theories of commissioning. You will examine a range of health and social care policies relevant to the subject including health inequality; health needs assessment, epidemiology and the potential of health gain. You will evaluate the sociological, technical, political, and professional drivers influencing the commissioning process in a range of organisations and how these influence your own area of work via work-based learning projects and assessments.
You will be required to demonstrate in-depth knowledge and understanding of the theoretical models of commissioning and their application to your own organisations commissioning process using appropriate health needs assessment and epidemiological evidence. For your chosen area or organisation you will demonstrate application of the principles and identify any gaps or challenges that you may have in the process and make recommendations for the future
Module code: 7HW057
This module will enable you to develop knowledge and understanding of contracts, contract law and the contracting process used in commissioning. You will be able to evaluate a range of contracting options and the associated risks and benefits of each system. You will be able to demonstrate a range of project management skills in the application of the commissioning process including budget setting, budget management and in particular information gathering and data analysis. You will identify and use a range of quality metrics relevant to your own organisation
You will take an existing commissioning contract and carryout a content analysis using a range of theoretical concepts and models. You will make recommendations of how this could have been improved following your analysis to improve for the benefit of patient, service user and or clients.
The module aims to enable you to work or plan work in the health, social care arenas to: - Construct a learning contract relevant to their employment - Undertake work based actions that will result in relevant learning - Demonstrate learning relevant to their employment that will result in service development and improvement or the planning of the former. - Further develop reflective practice skills whilst reflecting on work based learning achieved
You will identify a work-based project in which you will construct a piece of work that is relevant to commissioning for health and social care. You will be supported by a work-based learning tutor who will guide you through the process of your project.
In order to see more about the modules we offer and to prepare for your academic counselling session please visit our module information pages.
Students will be able to seek employment in a range of health and social care organisations within the public and private sector in commissioning.
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These modules are correct at the time of publication. Modules may change over time due to validation and continuous monitoring policies. Applicants will be notified in writing of any significant changes to their chosen course(s).
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Theories and models of commissioning
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Work Based Learning Module 1
Applicants for this course will normally hold a first degree or evidence of Level 6/7 study achieved at or above a minimum pass grade. However, applicants who have experience related to the areas of study will be considered eg. If currently working in commissioning.
If English is not your first language you will need evidence of TOEFL score of 550 or above; or an IELTS score of 6.0 or above; or evidence of English proficiency equivalent to these scores.
You may be eligible to apply for accreditation of prior experience and learning (APL) to be counted towards your studies up to a maximum of 90 credits.
Course fees and finance
Postgraduate Loans: Are available for taught and research Masters courses for students resident in England. For more information on eligibility and how to apply online visit: www.gov.uk/postgraduate-loan
Professional and Career Development Loan: The University is a Professional and Career Development Loans (PCDL) registered Learning Provider, registration number . A PCDL is a commercial bank loan that you can use to help pay for work-related learning. For further information on financial assistance to support your learning, please visit the GOV.UK website or contact the National Careers Service on 0800 100 900.
Charitable Funding: You might also want to explore the possibility of funding from charitable trusts; please see the following websites www.acf.org.uk, www.dsc.org.uk/fundingwebsites or www.family-action.org.uk. Most charities and trust funds offer limited bursaries targeted to specific groups of students so you will need to research whether any of them are relevant to your situation.