This course explores the development of health policy and the organisation and delivery of health services in Britain since the creation of the NHS in 1948. It focuses on recent developments, and on the main social, economic and political influences that have shaped health policy in Britain.
1 starting date
- Duration: 12 weeks
- Fees: £1,080 (£1,430 for overseas students)
- Course credits: 15
- Occurs: Monday and Friday
- Course code: HPM003
- Location: Northampton Square
- Application deadline:
Health Policy in Britain Course overview
This course explores the development of health policy and identifies the influences that have shaped health policy in Britain. It explores where decision making power lies, and evaluates attempts to improve quality and performance in the NHS. The course also considers the future prospects for the NHS and what health care in Britain might look like in the decades to come.
This course answers questions such as:
Why was the NHS created, and how has it evolved? How are decisions about health care in Britain made, by whom and in whose interests? What are the main challenges facing the NHS? Can it survive?
Who is it for?
This course is designed for those who are looking to develop a more in-depth and critical understanding of health policymaking in Britain.
(Attendance: on campus)
JAN: Friday 20 and 27 January 2023
FEB: Friday 3, 10 and 24 February 2023
MAR: Friday 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31 March 2023
JAN: Monday 13, 23 and 30 January 2023
FEB: Monday 6, 20 and 27 February 2023
MAR: Monday 6, 13, 20 and 27 March 2023
APR: Monday 4 April 2022
The key takeaway from this course is an in-depth understanding of the history and possible future of the NHS.
This short course module is designed to be flexible in allowing you to study and reach your goals at your own pace. Our health CPD courses are credit-bearing modules that contribute to a University degree or award.
Transfer course credits towards postgraduate taught degree
As a health care professional, once you've completed this course you could offset 15 credits as part of a postgraduate programme, continuing your study with further modules to make up a Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) 60 credits, Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) 120 credits or Master of Science (MSc) 180 credits qualification (all credits must be awarded within five years of study commencing).
This course is worth 15 credits
This course can be used a module, contributing to a University degree or award.
Find a list of degrees this module can contribute towards:
What will I learn?
Topics covered in this course include:
- key stages in the history and evolution of the NHS since its inception, focusing particularly on developments after 1997.
- the health policymaking process
- the influence on health policy of, for example, the medical profession; business and industry; the media and pressure groups
- the role of NHS and other bodies in managing, regulating and monitoring health services
- NHS financing and performance, including international comparisons
- Differences in health policy between England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland post-devolution.
- recent policy initiatives designed to promote integrated care and improve NHS performance, including new models of care
- Prospects for the future of the NHS as a free, universal and comprehensive service, and for health care in Britain.
Assessment and certificates
Teaching takes place via a mix of lectures, group activities and discussions which allow you to examine issues in more detail, providing both teacher and peer-led input, promoting discussion and developing communication and group-working skills.
Taught sessions are supplemented by self-directed study which allows you both to gain a deeper understanding of the subject generally, and to pursue topics which are of particular interest to you in greater detail. Teaching and learning are facilitated by Moodle, the University’s online Virtual Learning Environment.
You will write an essay of 4,000 words on a topic of your choice relating to health policy in Britain. The pass mark for this assessment is 50%. Formative feedback on an essay plan will be provided.
This course is worth 15 credits toward eligible programmes.
Non-EEA students can only apply as part of a programme, not as a stand-alone course.
- A good honours degree, second-class or equivalent
- Experience of working in the health sector may be considered as equivalent to a good honours degree for suitable applicants
- We consider applications from capable individuals who may not have prior experience of working within the health sector but have clear plans for a future career path in health policy.
If your first language is not English, one of the following is required:
- A first degree from a UK university
- A first degree from an overseas institution recognised by City, University of London as providing adequate evidence of proficiency in the English language, for example, from institutions from Australia, Canada or the United States of America.
- International English Language Test Service (IELTS) a score of 7.0 is required with no subtest below 7.0
- Pearson Test of English (Academic) score 72 required
- TOEFL 100 overall with 24 in Writing, 20 in Listening, 19 Reading and 20 Speaking
- Other evidence of proficiency in the English language, which satisfies the board of studies concerned, including registration with your professional regulator.
- Ham, C. (2009). Health policy in Britain. 6th Edition. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
- Baggott, R. (2015). Understanding Health Policy. 2nd Edition. Bristol: Policy Press.
- NHS England (2019). NHS Long Term Plan.