We will advise you of your study plan - the running order and availability of the modules - when you are invited to enrol.
If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this may not be offered. In addition, where demand is high, some modules may be subject to a cap.
The course is designed to offer you the flexibility to choose the most relevant pathway based on your own career aspirations and interests.
You will need to complete the following core modules:
- Advanced Integrative Practice (20 credits) at PG Certificate stage
- Research Methods in Integrative Health and Social Care (20 credits) at PG Diploma stage
- Independent Project (60 credits) at Masters stage
You can then choose from the list of optional modules depending on your preferred pathway or specialism. All optional modules are 20 credits.
- Advanced Integrative Practice
This module provides an introduction to Advanced Integrative Practice, and covers such areas as Decision Making and Problem solving, Autonomous Practice and Critical Thinking.
For this programme Advanced Practice means: “Autonomous working using high level decision-making and effective problem-solving skills, influenced by specialist knowledge in order to improve practice”. Within this core module it is our intention to encapsulate the essence of Masters level education by incorporating the information literacy skills required at Masters level and applying them to health & social care academic practice.
Increasingly, practitioners are being called upon to lead change towards Integrative person centred care within their organisation on both clinical and strategic fronts. You will be directed to apply the key constructs of Advanced Practice to Integrative Health and Social Care contexts.
The module will be delivered by drawing upon traditional teaching and learning strategies in terms of lectures, guest lectures and seminars. These strategies are coupled with more innovative approaches including critical video reviews, seminars and self-directed study.
- Core module
- Research Methods in Integrative Health and Social Care
This module is designed to enable you to explore in depth the current research approaches and methodologies which impact on the delivery of advanced Integrative care in the health and social care arena.
The focus of this module is on the critical exploration of the research methodologies and evaluation of the evidence base to increase clinical effectiveness. It has relevance for all health care professionals, but is particularly useful for those who have an interest in developing their skills of using research in practice, those who participate in clinical decision making and for students who require grounding in essential elements of research methodologies and evidence based practice prior to undertaking independent scholarship.
You will learn to analyse research literature and through this identify a topic which could be researched. They will critically evaluate the relevance of different research designs, methods and data analysis methods for this chosen topic and consider the impact of ethical and practical factors affecting the conduct of research in the practice situation on this chosen topic.
This module focuses on the research process to be able to understand and critically appraise published research, research design including quantitative and qualitative methodologies. Recognise the ethical constraints and how to analyse the findings from data collected using both qualitative and quantitative methodology. The importance of appropriate disseminating research findings: including report writing and preparing for publication. Using research in Practice underpins the module, critically evaluation of evidence for evidence based practice.
- Core module
- Independent Project
The Independent Project (triple module) forms an essential component of the Masters award. The aim of this module is to allow you to demonstrate critical analysis, problem solving, objective evaluation and reflection on an area of your field of practice. The module will be assessed through the submission of 1 proposal (formative) and 1 piece of work that reflects your in-depth study on a chosen topic area of practice. Key considerations of this individual study will include the application of theory to practice and the critical analysis of sources of evidence within a field of practice.
It will allow you to demonstrate the ability to work independently; developing thought-through courses of action determined by a comprehensive awareness of techniques applicable to your own scholarship. You will also critically appraise sources of evidence relating to a chosen area of practice in order to present an academic position and respond to ethical issues and dilemmas when conducting independent scholarship.
You will be required to undertake self-directed study with the view to assimilate theory with practice and critically appraise sources of evidence relating to a chosen area of practice. You will choose either a Practice Based Project, a written Dissertation or completion of a small service or practice development project from within your professional field.
- Core module
- Ethical and Legal Issues in Healthcare Policy and Practice
The current policy agenda and developing culture in health care increasingly encourage the exposure and debate of ethical and legal issues. The development of mechanisms for ethical review within the machinery of Clinical Governance, and the changes in ethical governance of professions have highlighted the importance of ethical issues and are contributing to a culture of more open discussion.
In an increasingly litigious culture, the interface between health care and law is also becoming increasingly important. Professional practitioners need to be able to engage with these issues in a coherent and confident way. Such issues arise at all levels, policy, organisation, team and individual patient care, and the module programme also seeks to address all these levels. This module will assist the practitioner to recognise and engage with these issues by application of the principles to the practice situation.
- Leadership in Health and Social Care
This module is designed for health and social care professionals who are in a leadership role. It will provide the key constructs to evaluate and mobilise your workforce. Whilst developing a greater understanding of your own leadership styles and the understanding of your role, you will have the opportunity to empower, modernise and improve the current workforce to organisational success. The module provides a current in-depth knowledge and information surrounding theories and practices of leadership and communication challenges in today’s organisations.
You will learn how to critically appraise your own leadership skills against a defined set of leadership theories and styles.You'll reflect on a specific leadership issue, detailing the processes and procedures personally undertaken, solutions offered and outcomes achieved.
- Optional module
- Management for an Integrative Health and Social Care Workforce
This module acknowledges the needs of those in current or developmental managerial roles in health and social care arenas or organisations (including the voluntary or independent sector) who wish to develop new management skills to enhance future Integrative Health and Social Care. You will most likely already be employed in practice and/or in management roles within the fields of health, social care, public, voluntary/community sector organisations. Through this module you will gain the skills to lead quality and service improvements, understand the value of effective strategic management and develop skills in professional judgement and problem solving.
The module will teach you to critically examine management issues in health and social care practice, demonstrate personal management skills using analysis, planning, implementation and current management techniques.
Other topics will include Power Politics and Conflict, Innovative Problem Solving, Professional Judgement, Financial skills for decision making and Social Networking for influence.
- Optional module
- Negotiated Module
This module allows you to choose an area of study (in agreement with your tutor) that interests you and that hasn’t been covered on the course. Alternatively, you could choose a topic that allows you to apply elements of what you’ve already learned to your workplace.
You will negotiate a contract of learning with the module leader or delegated supervisor. The contract will contain the following elements:
Learning outcomes (approx 3-5)
An outline of how the outcomes are to be met
References indicating an appropriate literature search
Proposed schedule of work
Criteria for assessment
Methods of assessment including weightings if appropriate.
- Optional module
- Partnerships in Dementia Care
The module introduces the professional, ethical and legal dilemmas within the context of quality of life, age and culture surrounding Dementia. Through collaborative exploration of leadership structures, models of practice, management, efficiency, effectiveness and consistent quality and performance you will propose interventions to enhance Dementia Care within clinical practice. The theme ‘person centred care’ will underpin the module and you will explore cognitive and behavioural methods of intervention for the client.
After completing this module, you will have learnt how to create a framework for effective, collaborative high quality interventions based on person-centred care, as well as demonstrate an advanced understanding of multidisciplinary perspectives of Dementia and approaches to care.
Topics covered will include the professional, ethical and legal dilemmas associated with the care of individuals living with Dementias in relation to context, quality of life, age and culture. Furthermore, you will learn about models of practice management, underpinning practice and use of evidence in Dementia care and the impact and involvement of care givers and their families.
- Optional module
- Public Health: UK and International Perspectives
This module looks at Healthcare in terms of a worldwide perspective. This module allows you to explore and examine the issues that relate to public health through an international lens in terms of determinants of health and through reflection on their own practice. Using essential elements of public health as a framework, you will be able to compare activities between regions/countries to inform their own knowledge in relation to their own area of public health.
You will learn to evaluate the dynamics and challenges of the essential elements of public health theory and practice in relation to a population in their own region/country with those of a population in a different region/country. You will propose further recommendations in enhancing Integrative care to an identified global health issue in relation to a region/country with which they are familiar.
The module will also cover definitions and meanings of public health, the organisation of public health nationally and internationally, exploring inequalities in health (the socioeconomic determinants of health) and barriers to public health practice.
- Optional module
- Social Consequences of Dementia Care.
Recognition of the trajectory of the disease and the challenges associated with assisting people to maintain as much independence as possible, through the stages of dementia, is a key focus of a modern health and social care system. The module aims to develop skills required of an advanced practitioner capable of autonomous working within their practice setting.
You will build on you understanding of Dementia as an ‘impairment’, differentiate between approaches and models of care, understand the barrier to the maintenance of personhood and apply evidence to practice appropriate to your health or social care context.
On successful completion of this module, you will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the context of local and national health and social initiatives in dementia care and explore the implications for practitioners. You will also critically evaluate barriers to maintaining personhood; and critically reflect on their own role in developing a service improvement project/initiative.
- Optional module
- Therapeutic and Diagnostic Reasoning
There is a growing need for nurses in both primary and secondary care to address the issues of drug administration, basic therapeutics and the use of drugs in clinical conditions.
On successful completion of this module, you will be able to identify and critically analyse the practical, legal, ethical and administrative issues relating to drug administration, explore and critically discuss aspects of diagnostic reasoning and pharmacokinetics relevant to a range of medications used in patient care.
- Optional module