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  1. Postgraduate
  2. 2020
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MSc Leading Integrated Care

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This programme provides the knowledge and skills you need to lead the planning, implementation and evaluation of integrated health and social care initiatives.

Key information

Start date

September 2020

Academic year dates

Duration

Full-time: one year
Part-time: two years

UK/EU

Full-time: 9,250*

Part-time: £4,625 per year*

Non-EU

Full-time: 17,000*

Part-time: £8,500 per year*

Campus

Northampton Square

Who is it for?

This programme is aimed at professionals from any background – both clinical (e.g. medical, nursing and allied health professionals) and non-clinical (e.g. commissioners, managers and policymakers) - working within health or social care organisations who wish to develop their knowledge, understanding and skills relating to integrated and person-centred care.

It is designed to meet the professional needs of those who are either already occupying leadership or management roles, or who wish to move into such roles, and who are interested in leading integrated care initiatives for the benefit of their local populations, service users and carers, and organisations.

Objectives

The benefits of care that is personalised and coordinated across different healthcare settings, across mental and physical health, and across health and social care have been well documented. It has been shown to improve health and other outcomes for service users, and to reduce fragmentation and inefficiencies in service delivery. It is also seen as a key mechanism for addressing staff shortages and the growing demand for health and social care services.

The development of integrated and person-centred care is therefore now seen as a top priority among policymakers around the world. However, despite many excellent examples of effective integrated services delivering significant improvements in care, progress has been slow and uneven, and much work is still needed in order to embed the culture and practice of integrated care across the whole of the health and social care system.

Creating and sustaining genuine change requires organisations and professionals to work differently, and to adopt a systematic approach to engaging patients in decisions about their health and wellbeing. However, organisations vary widely in their preparedness for change, and in the skills, resources and leadership capacity available to them.

This innovative programme has been designed to help tackle these challenges. It aims to:

  • respond to and keep abreast of the rapid evolution in the policy, theory and practice of integrated and person-centred care;
  • introduce you to the key concepts and models of integration and personalisation as applied to health and social care, and the values, principles, evidence and theories that underpin them;
  • emphasise the need for strategic initiatives through partnerships between health, social care and other public, private and voluntary sector organisations;
  • provide a forum for sharing knowledge and experience with other participants through discussion and debate;
  • develop critically reflective leaders, practitioners or researchers who will contribute to leading and transforming health and social care;
  • develop your understanding of how integrated services are planned, implemented, evaluated and commissioned, using real-world examples and case studies to illustrate areas of success in integration and personalisation.

Requirements and how to apply

Entry requirements

To apply for this course, you must have:

  • a first degree (2:2 class or above) or international equivalent from an approved institution of higher education.
  • extensive experience of working in the health or social care sectors may be considered as equivalent to a good honours degree for suitable applicants.

English requirements

If your first language is not English, one of the following qualifications is also required:

  • A first degree from a UK university
  • A first degree from an overseas institution recognised by City as providing adequate evidence of proficiency in the English language, for example, from institutions in Australia, Canada or the USA
  • International English Language Testing Service (IELTS): a score of 7.0 is required, with no subtest scoring below 6.5
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic): a score of 72 required.

Please note that due to changes in the UKVI’s list of SELTs we are no longer able to accept TOEFL as evidence of English language for students who require a CAS as of April 2014.

Visa requirements

If you are not from the European Economic Area / Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study.

The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course. There are different rules for:

  • Students on courses of more than six months
  • Students on courses of less than six months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English language course.

For more information see our main Visa page.

How to apply

Applications for September 2020 are not yet open.

September 2020

  • MSc Leading Integrated Care (Full-time September 2020)
  • MSc Leading Integrated Care (Part-time September 2020)

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

The MSc Leading Integrated Care follows City's guidelines on the Recognition of Prior Certificated Learning (RPCL) and the Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL). RPCL/RPEL may be recognised for up to a maximum of 45 academic credits.

For RPCL, if you can demonstrate that you have completed modules (at either City or another institution) that are directly equivalent to the modules for which RPCL is claimed in terms of both curriculum content and academic standing, and these modules are still current (completed within five years of enrolment), then RPCL may be recognised on a direct equivalent basis.

For RPEL, credit may be awarded, at the discretion of the Programme Director, for learning derived from relevant professional and life experience which has not previously been assessed and/or awarded credit.

Innovative
responds to the rapid evolution of integrated care, both in the UK and internationally.
2nd
in London for subjects allied to medicine (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019)
100%
of the School’s research impact judged as either world leading or internationally excellent (REF 2014).
During your course

More about fees

*Fees in each subsequent year of study (where applicable) will be subject to an annual increase of 2%. We will confirm any change to the annual tuition fee to you in writing prior to you commencing each subsequent year of study (where applicable).

Scholarships

The School of Health Sciences believes that exceptional academic and clinical performance should be recognised and rewarded. We have several scholarships available for students starting on our courses this September and January.

Academic facilities

Clinical Skills Centre

The School of Health Science is one of the first health schools in the UK to open a Technology Enabled Care Studio, City TECS. City TECS is specially designed studio flat at our Northampton Square campus, fully equipped with the latest telehelath and telecare technologies providing City students with the unique opportunity to learn how to use the latest and future healthcare technologies whilst they study.

Accommodation

We offer a variety of accommodation options and support services for postgraduate students.

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Timetables

Course timetables are normally available from July and can be accessed from our timetabling pages. These pages also provide timetables for the current academic year, though this information should be viewed as indicative and details may vary from year to year.

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Please note that all academic timetables are subject to change.

Student support

We offer an extensive support network during your time here at City, University of London – from Learning Support (including disability support) and counselling to financial and career advice – leaving you free to enjoy every opportunity campus life has to offer.

Find out more about the different types of student support available.

Course content and assessment

Teaching and learning

The programme adopts a project-based and leadership-focused approach throughout. From the beginning you will be supported in identifying a specific area of need or development within your service or organisation, and in planning an integrated care initiative in order to address this need.

Your learning will be facilitated through innovative teaching methods to promote active learning. Teaching and learning will involve a substantial group work component, providing opportunities for networking and sharing of perspectives.

Programme lecturers will be academic staff from the School of Health Sciences and there will be a range of external visiting lecturers and guest speakers, including experts from the School’s extensive network of practice partners (NHS and social care organisations) across London. These include policy experts, senior managers and leaders and frontline practitioners from many disciplines.

The programme places a strong emphasis on experiential learning, reflection and links with the NHS and social care. Part of each module’s guided and self-directed study component will be dedicated to applying the module’s content to your professional roles and development requirements, and to reflecting on your learning and its application to your own needs and to those of your employer and the wider health and social care system.

The programme uses a blended approach, encompassing both face-to-face and online learning and teaching strategies. It makes full use of available learning technologies whilst recognising the value of face-to-face interaction and facilitation. The variety of methods used will develop your strengths and preferred learning styles, but will also help you to acquire further educational strategies to meet the required outcomes of the programme.

A typical 15-credit module involves a total of around 25 hours of contact time (i.e. lecturers, seminars and group activities). In addition, you will be expected to undertake 125 independent study hours for the module (for 30-credit modules, the hours will be double). Some of these hours will include use of online learning tools, such as Moodle. The final integrated care project (Dissertation) involves 600 hours of study, comprising around 3 hours of lectures/workshops, 12 hours of one-to-one supervision meetings and 585 hours of self-directed study.

A range of methods will be used throughout the programme, including lectures, seminars, guided independent study, student-directed learning and online learning.

Assessment

The programme’s assessment strategy has been designed to allow module assignments to be tailored to your specific learning and professional development needs.

There will be a variety of assessment methods to evaluate your knowledge and skills in all aspects of the programme.

  • Written assignments (including essays) enable you to explore and critically analyse key concepts and theories, and to apply these to real-world examples of integrated and person-centred care. You will be expected to develop a coherent line of argument, critically appraise the evidence base and critically reflect upon your own beliefs and assumptions. Written assignments may take the form of case studies in which you will have the opportunity to relate your assignment to a particular service or issue within integrated care.
  • There will additionally be collaborative group assessments which will evaluate your analysis, presentation, team working and influencing skills.
  • For the final integrated care project (Dissertation) you will undertake a substantial piece of original work focussed on the design and planning of an integrated/person-centred care initiative.

Modules

The programme is structured around the main stages or ‘building blocks’ required for the successful development and implementation of any integrated care initiative:

  • Establishing purpose and need
  • Engaging individuals and communities
  • Leading self and others
  • Managing change
  • Reviewing and evaluating
  • Working with service users and carers
  • Working with staff
  • Working with processes (e.g. information technology)
  • Sustaining and improving

The links between theory, evidence and practical application are emphasised at all stages of the programme.

Core modules

Each core module will address one or more of the main building blocks of integrated care:

  • Integrated and Person-Centred Health and Social Care (30 credits): the theory, practice and evidence base of integrated and person-centred care; areas covered will include the main models of and approaches to integrated and person-centred care, needs assessment, working with service users, carers and staff, and the role of technology.
  • Systems Leadership (30 Credits): how to lead across boundaries (departmental, organisational or sector) and influence others; how to work when you face complex and seemingly intractable problems, and where you need to balance multiple uncertainties and challenges.
  • Evidence-Based Evaluation (30 credits): how to successfully lead and manage an evaluation of an integrated care initiative, from initial planning and design through to implementation; the module will include a thorough grounding in relevant qualitative and quantitative research methods, and evidence appraisal and synthesis skills.

Elective modules

You will also choose two further 15-credit (or one 30-credit) elective modules from the wide range of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) modules offered by the School of Health Sciences (subject to availability and capacity). These may relate to topics such as health policy, public health, health economics or health and social care commissioning.

Dissertation

Drawing on your learning from the taught component of the programme, you will write a Dissertation in the form of an integrated care project report of between 12,000 and 15,000 words, focused on the design and planning of a specific integrated/person-centred care initiative (60 credits).

The programme specification contains more information on how the course is organised, the requirements for progression for each part and credits required for awards.

After you graduate

Career prospects

Because integrated and person-centred care are increasingly high priorities for policymakers and organisations which commission or provide health and social care services, the knowledge, understanding and transferrable skills in developing, leading and evaluating integrated care initiatives that you will acquire on the programme are likely to be in increasing demand across the health and social care sector (public, private and voluntary).

In addition to the core skills required to plan and lead an integrated care initiative, the transferrable skills that you will acquire on the programme include:

  • Leadership and project management: these skills will be emphasised at all stages of the programme
  • Networking: the programme will provide extensive opportunities (face-to-face and online) to share knowledge and experience with other participants, and with City faculty and visiting external experts, through formal and informal discussion and debate;
  • Critical reflection: the programme aims to develop critically reflective leaders, practitioners and researchers who will contribute to leading and transforming health and social care at an advanced level.
  • Presentation, communication, influencing and team working skills (oral and written): these will be developed to an advanced level, for example, through participation in workshops, seminars and collaborative tasks and activities.

Applications for September 2020 are not yet open.

September 2020

  • MSc Leading Integrated Care (Full-time September 2020)
  • MSc Leading Integrated Care (Part-time September 2020)

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

The MSc Leading Integrated Care follows City's guidelines on the Recognition of Prior Certificated Learning (RPCL) and the Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL). RPCL/RPEL may be recognised for up to a maximum of 45 academic credits.

For RPCL, if you can demonstrate that you have completed modules (at either City or another institution) that are directly equivalent to the modules for which RPCL is claimed in terms of both curriculum content and academic standing, and these modules are still current (completed within five years of enrolment), then RPCL may be recognised on a direct equivalent basis.

For RPEL, credit may be awarded, at the discretion of the Programme Director, for learning derived from relevant professional and life experience which has not previously been assessed and/or awarded credit.

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