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Programme Specification for the 2023/4 academic year

PGDip Healthcare Leadership and Management (Higher Apprenticeship)

1. Programme Details

Programme namePGDip Healthcare Leadership and Management (Higher Apprenticeship) Programme codePAD2EMSEMS01
Study mode(s)Part Time
Academic year2023/4
Campus(es)St Luke's (Exeter)
NQF Level of the Final Award7 (Masters)

2. Description of the Programme

Healthcare is becoming increasingly complex. An aging population and the global burden of disease mean that healthcare activities require unprecedented levels of cooperation between diverse providers and multiple sectors. As such, there is demand for practitioners at all levels within healthcare to possess a leadership and improvement skillset, to ensure that they can be actively involved in evidence-based health service redesign and innovation and become expert at working in partnership.

This PGDip in Healthcare Leadership and Management (Degree Apprenticeship) has been specifically designed to nurture the skills necessary to be an effective and compassionate leader within a modern and evolving healthcare context. This programme provides the opportunity to examine, acquire and apply these skills to enhance the health of our population by improving the quality and sustainability of healthcare systems. Modelling interdisciplinary professional behaviour and a patient/client centred approach, professionals from across all healthcare settings will study together in a safe and collegiate learning environment. They will then use a spiral approach to develop their research, leadership and management skills whilst at the same time relating them to their everyday ‘real’ work. With the stated aim of engendering collaborative behaviours and focusing on systemic as opposed to systematic solutions attendance on this programme is particularly recommended for staff working within PCNs, ICOs, Acute and Mental Health Trusts, ICSs and STPs.

It is highly suitable for all aspiring or established leaders in any health and social care related including managers, commissioners, paramedics, allied healthcare professionals, nurses and doctors of all specialities.

3. Educational Aims of the Programme

The educational aims of the PGDip in Healthcare Leadership and Management (Degree Apprenticeship) are to:

 

  • Provide you with a safe environment for multi-professional and inter-disciplinary learning to share ideas, perspectives and current experiences in response to realistic healthcare scenarios.

 

  • Challenge you to consider offering solutions alone, and in collaboration, which address complex health-related issues from the perspective of a patient or client, their carer, a healthcare provider, a commissioner, an employer or organisational collaborator in a related sector.

 

  • Support your development as a leader and manager through phased engagement with both fundamental and more advanced concepts nested in healthcare context at team organisation and system level.

 

  • Enable you to analyse, synthesise, evaluate and reflect on the translation of evidence into healthcare practice.

 

  • Provide opportunities for you refine your written and verbal communication skills through the examination of theory and its translation into practice, including the production of an original Work Based Learning project.

The key educational objectives of the programme include the development of essential knowledge skills and behaviours in the following disciplines:

  • Strategy
  • Innovation and Change
  • Enterprise and Risk
  • Finance
  • Engaging Employees
  • Leading and Developing People
  • Developing Collaborative Relationships and Healthy Systems

The programme is completed over two years part-time and consists of one thirty credit module, five fifteen credits modules and one fifteen credit work-based learning module that develops a strategic business proposal that allows you to add value and create impact in your organisation by innovating-while-studying.

The programme will utilise process orientated learning methods that offer blended techniques including a significant self-directed on-line element, peer supported learning groups, facilitated chat rooms, and personal learning logs. This will be complemented by face-to-face networking opportunities during which non-linear learning will be offered to include case-based discussion, simulation and problem based learning as well as seminars, group discussions, reflection sessions, buzz groups, chat backs, interactive workshops and step-back consulting. Carefully selected tutors and guest lecturers will join you throughout the programme offering up-to-the minute insight, shared reflections and practical support for the duration, both in person and on-line. All on-line resources will be available via the University of Exeter’s electronic learning environment (ELE) and OneFile e-portfolio system.

4. Programme Structure

The PGDip in Healthcare Leadership and Management (Degree Apprenticeship) as a two-year part-time  apprenticeship programme, which is divided into units of study called ‘modules’ which are assigned a number of ‘credits’. This programme requires the attainment of 120 credits in total. There is no option for an early exit award of PGCert. There is then the option to APL the 120 credits from the PGDip to the MSc award and to take the remaining 60 credits to achieve the MSc Healthcare Leadership and Management.

5. Programme Modules

The PGDip in Healthcare Leadership and Management (Degree Apprenticeship) as a two-year part-time apprenticeship programme, which is divided into units of study called ‘modules’ which are assigned a number of ‘credits’. This programme requires the attainment of 120 credits in total. There is no option for an early exit award of PGCert. There is then the option to APL the 120 credits from the PGDip to the MSc award and to take the remaining 60 credits to achieve the MSc Healthcare Leadership and Management.

 

The following tables describe the programme and constituent modules. These modules may be updated, deleted or replaced as a consequence of annual review. Students must successfully complete 120 credits of modules from the compulsory modules in the table below over a two year period. The Degree apprenticeship requires 20% of an employees contracted working hours to be dedicated to the programme.

Stage 1


Year 1: Building core leadership capabilities

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
HPDM113DA Leadership and Management in Healthcare 30 Credits30No
HPDM059DA Leading Change in Health Service 15 Credits15No
HPDM145DA Strategy and Systems Leadership 15 Credits15No

Stage 2


Year 2: Building strategic leadership capabilities 

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
HPDM115DA Healthcare Finance and Ethics 15 Credits15No
HPDM146DA Health and Care Innovation and Transformation 15 Credits15No
HPDM057DA Health Economics 15 Credits15No
HPDM144DA Work Based Project Proposal 15 Credits15No

6. Programme Outcomes Linked to Teaching, Learning and Assessment Methods

Intended Learning Outcomes
A: Specialised Subject Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

1. Draw on a breadth of theoretical, conceptual and practical knowledge in strategic leadership and management.
2. Deploy your theoretical, conceptual and practical knowledge in leadership and management to more effectively engage innovation and change across healthcare teams and systems.
3. Employ attitudes and behaviours that encourage enterprise and taking responsible risk.

Lectures, seminars, masterclasses, Group discussions face-to-face and on-line, practical exercises, simulated case-studies and engagement with real-world scenarios, Web-based learning, resource gathering, and in-depth reading. Preparation and writing of assignment and report(s).

1. Case-based discussion (KSB A-C)

2. Small group projects (KSB A-C)

3. Student presentations (KSB A-H)

4. Reflective log and assignments(KSB A-H)

Intended Learning Outcomes
B: Academic Discipline Core Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

4. Critically appraise the contemporary finance challenges in healthcare and to develop an evidence-based and patient-centred approach to dealing with them.
5. Engage employees to develop evidence-led healthcare that are patient-centred, safe, efficient, effective and sustainable systems of care.
6. Develop reflective practice skills that facilitate your ability to lead and develop people
7. Develop an evidence-based and critically reflective approach to improving leadership in collaborative working with multiple diverse stakeholders to create high quality health and care systems in partnership.

Workshops, masterclasses, specialist tutorials; small group discussions and project work; formative presentations; Peer-mentoring and coaching; preparation and writing of assignment(s).

1. Case-based discussion (KSB D-G)

2. Small group projects(KSB D-G)

3. Student presentations (KSB A-H)

4. Reflective log and assignments  (KSB A-H)

Intended Learning Outcomes
C: Personal/Transferable/Employment Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

8. To reflectively model compassionate, inclusive, effective and responsible leadership through leading by example, offering sound judgement and challenge, displaying courage and curiosity and valuing difference.

Workshops, masterclasses, specialist tutorials; small group discussions and project work; formative presentations; Peer-mentoring and coaching; preparation and writing of assignment(s).

1. Formative presentations, case-based discussion, simulated scenarios throughout the programme (KSB H)

2. Small group projects  (KSB H)

3. Student presentations (KSB A-H)

4. Reflective logs and essays(KSB A-H)

7. Programme Regulations

Classification

8. College Support for Students and Students' Learning

9. University Support for Students and Students' Learning

10. Admissions Criteria

All applications are considered individually on merit. The University is committed to an equal opportunities policy with respect to gender, age, race, sexual orientation and/or disability when dealing with applications. It is also committed to widening access to higher education to learners from a diverse range of backgrounds and experience.

11. Regulation of Assessment and Academic Standards

12. Indicators of Quality and Standards

The programme is not subject to accreditation and/ or review by professional and statutory regulatory bodies (PSRBs).

13. Methods for Evaluating and Improving Quality and Standards

14. Awarding Institution

University of Exeter

15. Lead College / Teaching Institution

Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

16. Partner College / Institution

Partner College(s)

Not applicable to this programme

Partner Institution

N/A

17. Programme Accredited / Validated by

0

18. Final Award

PGDip Healthcare Leadership and Management (Higher Apprenticeship)

19. UCAS Code

N/A

20. NQF Level of Final Award

7 (Masters)

21. Credit

CATS credits

120

ECTS credits

22. QAA Subject Benchmarking Group

23. Dates

Origin Date

07/08/2019

Date of last revision

30/03/2020