Clinical Leader MSc

2021-22 (also available for 2022-23)

This course is eligible for Master's loan funding. Find out more.

Start date

20 September 2021

Duration

1 year full-time
2 years part-time

Places available (subject to change)

25

About the course

This course is aimed at newly qualified healthcare professionals from a variety of backgrounds who aspire to become clinical leaders. It provides an opportunity for you to develop and extend your professional practice in order to prepare you for a leadership role.

  • The course is designed to increase the depth and breadth of your knowledge and focus on high quality care. This will assist you to function at the leading edge of practice development, to support and lead research and innovation, develop others, foster excellence and to take new initiatives forward (Health Education England (HEE), 2015).
  • The course aims to facilitate the development of a comprehensive understanding of clinical leadership, service design, healthcare research and the theoretical concepts related to effective teaching, learning and assessment of learners.
  • You will be taught by staff who are actively involved in research and have close links to practice, many of whom have recent experience of doing the job you are training for, so you will have the opportunity to learn from their up-to-date knowledge and skills.

Course detail

Leadership and Management for Health and Social Care Practice

In this module, practitioners within or aspiring to a leadership role will have the opportunity to further develop knowledge of leadership and management theories and strategies, enabling them to ethically manage people and resources and effect change. You will explore how services are developed and commissioned and evaluate the role of the leader lobbying and influencing change in the care arena.

Service Improvement

This module provides the opportunity to develop knowledge, appropriate attitudes and the necessary skills to implement a service improvement project, related to your course outcomes and/or place of work. The learning approach will enable you to evidence learning through the application of improvement theories, approaches and evidence based practice facilitated with learning materials and procedural guidance made available electronically. Self-reflection on leadership skills will be integral to the learning process.

Critical Appraisal of Research and Project Preparation

This module provides you with the opportunity to use research evidence to inform your practice, work or academic studies and enable you to improve your critical appraisal skills for health related research literature. It will enhance your understanding of methodological design, conduct and critical evaluation of applied research in a practice setting. You will also explore the various aspects involved in designing a research proposal. You will be assessed through the submission of an ethics review and outline proposal.

Developing Clinical Practice Project

This module provides the opportunity for you to develop and implement a working project proposal related to your course outcomes and/or place of work. You will develop a proposal and have the opportunity to implement and analyse it into a clinical practice project. The project will either be a literature review using a systematic approach, empirical study, application project, practice/service audit or service evaluation. This will meet your individual educational and professional developmental needs as an aspiring clinical leader as well as influence your clinical practice.

Plus one of the following:

Leading Learning in Clinical Practice

This module provides the opportunity for you to develop your underpinning knowledge and the skills required to promote a learning culture conducive to safe and effective learning for students, professional colleagues and service users. The module prepares registered health and social care professionals for their role as an educator, who is able to support and supervise learners in a practice setting. You will explore the role and expectations associated with practice education including the characteristics of a learning environment and principles of teaching, learning and assessment.

Leading Learning and Assessing in Clinical Practice

This module provides the opportunity for you to develop your underpinning knowledge and the skills required to promote a learning culture conducive to safe and effective learning for students, professional colleagues and service users. The module prepares registered nurses and midwives for the role of practice assessor, who is able to support, supervise and assess student nurses and midwives in practice settings. You will explore the role and expectations associated with practice education including the characteristics of a learning environment and principles of teaching.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for this course are normally:

  • Have an honours degree at 2:2 or above, have studied at honours level or can demonstrate appropriate knowledge and skills at honours degree standard. We will consider other qualifications and experience on an individual case basis
  • You must be registered with a professional body such as the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) or the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)

If your first language is not English, you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum for IELTS is 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5, or equivalent will be considered acceptable. Read more about the University’s entry requirements for students outside of the UK on our Where are you from information pages.

Student support

At the University of Huddersfield, you'll find support networks and services to help you get ahead in your studies and social life. Whether you study at undergraduate or postgraduate level, you'll soon discover that you're never far away from our dedicated staff and resources to help you to navigate through your personal student journey. Find out more about all our support services.

A wide range of resources are also offered within the School of Human and Health Sciences, which provides you with support in a variety of areas. These include:

Student Hub: a one stop shop for students, studying within the School. Their services include offering advice on extenuating circumstances, extension requests, attendance and welfare support, organising appointments with academic staff, signposting to other support networks and loan of MP3 recorders.

Academic Skills Development Team: provides guidance about how students can develop their academic skills in order to improve their grades. The team provide support with general academic skills including essay writing, time management, presentations and group work skills; information technology and numeracy; research skills, as well as personal development for example confidence building and assertiveness.

Learning Technology Support Unit: helps students with any problems they experience with the University’s Brightspace System, including logging on or difficulties experienced when accessing modules.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

Changes to a course you have applied for

If we propose to make a major change to a course that you are holding an offer for, then we will tell you as soon as possible so that you can decide whether to withdraw your application prior to enrolment.

Changes to your course after you enrol as a student

We will always try to deliver your course and other services as described. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below:

Changes to option modules

Where your course allows you to choose modules from a range of options, we will review these each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback or demand for certain modules. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let you know in good time the options available for you to choose for the following year.

Major changes

We will only make major changes to the core curriculum of a course or to our services if it is necessary for us to do so and provided such changes are reasonable. A major change in this context is a change that materially changes the services available to you; or the outcomes, or a significant part, of your course, such as the nature of the award or a substantial change to module content, teaching days (part time provision), classes, type of delivery or assessment of the core curriculum.

For example, it may be necessary to make a major change to reflect changes in the law or the requirements of the University’s regulators; to meet the latest requirements of a commissioning or accrediting body; to improve the quality of educational provision; in response to student, examiners’ or other course evaluators’ feedback; and/or to reflect academic or professional changes within subject areas. Major changes may also be necessary because of circumstances outside our reasonable control, such as a key member of staff leaving the University or being unable to teach, where they have a particular specialism that can’t be adequately covered by other members of staff; or due to damage or interruption to buildings, facilities or equipment.

Major changes would usually be made with effect from the next academic year, but this may not always be the case. We will notify you as soon as possible should we need to make a major change and will carry out suitable consultation with affected students. If you reasonably believe that the proposed change will cause you detriment or hardship we will, if appropriate, work with you to try to reduce the adverse effect on you or find an appropriate solution. Where an appropriate solution cannot be found and you contact us in writing before the change takes effect you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the University without liability to the University for future tuition fees. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

Termination of course

In exceptional circumstances, we may, for reasons outside of our control, be forced to discontinue or suspend your course. Where this is the case, a formal exit strategy will be followed and we will notify you as soon as possible about what your options are, which may include transferring to a suitable replacement course for which you are qualified, being provided with individual teaching to complete the award for which you were registered, or claiming an interim award and exiting the University. If you do not wish to take up any of the options that are made available to you, then you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the course without liability to the University for future tuition fees and you will be entitled to a refund of all course fees paid to date. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, along with the Student Protection Plan, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Office for Students (OfS) is the principal regulator for the University.

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