Course at a glance

Introduction

This qualification is designed for learners who are typically aged 18 and above and it is a 120 credit qualification.

The course presents content related to generic management skills for those who are planning to, or already working in a health and social care management role. The course provides a flexible route for those who have already achieved management qualifications at a lower level and for learners who do not have management qualifications, but may have qualifications in other areas and/or prior experience the work place.

This level 5 management qualification relates to much of the knowledge and understanding for the National Occupational Standards in management and Leadership (level 5)

Course structure

Each unit will be presented with full overviews of the learning outcomes, assessment criteria and what is required academically. Units will cover all indicative content related to the specification, and provide opportunities for you to engage in independent study and research through guided activities and a range of scenarios.

Each unit has a summative assessment which you will need to pass before moving on to the next unit

To achieve a pass for a unit, you must have successfully achieved the learning outcomes at the standards set by the assessment criteria for that unit. There are no externally set written examinations attached to any unit but you will be required to complete a research project which might include assessment through:

  • A research activity resulting in the compilation of a report
  • An academic paper or article for publication
  • The compilation of a case study
  • A critical review and evaluation of a chosen company’s policies, procedures and systems
  • A set project completed for an employer (also known as an ‘employer-engagement’ activity)
  • The production of a portfolio of evidence relating to a particular unit

It is assumed that you have access to a health and social care environment in order to fulfil the assessment criteria of the course units.

Each unit will also provide you with referenced evidence and example further reading texts and web sites so that you can develop your knowledge and understanding further, independently of the course. There are no set text books for the course.

Level 4+5 Accredited Management for Health and Social Care Diploma Entry Requirements

You must have:

  • prior study in Healthcare Management or related subjects at level 4 or above
  • a level 4 qualification for example an Level 4 Diploma in Management for Health and Social Care.

You must also have an appropriate standard of English to enable you to access relevant resources and complete the unit assignments. You may also have relevant work experience.

Mature learners may present a more varied profile of achievement that is likely to include relevant work experience (paid and/or unpaid) with levels of responsibility, participation and/or achievement of relevant professional qualifications. This may be used for recognition of prior learning (RPL). If you are unsure about any or the prerequisites please speak with a college advisor before registering

Study Hours

Approximately 800 hours.

Level 4+5 Accredited Management for Health and Social Care Diploma Course Duration

2 Year.

Enrolment

You can enrol on the course at any time.

Awarding Body

AccordAI

Quality Licence Scheme

Assessment Method

Coursework only.

Level 4+5 Accredited Management for Health and Social Care Diploma Course Content

Unit 1: Health and Social Care in Context

This is a level 4 unit with a suggested guided learning hour content of 60.

Through study of this unit you will develop understanding of a health and/or social care area in which you would like to work. You will also develop understanding in order to critically evaluate the impact of legislative frameworks in the context of local practice

Unit 2: Communication Skills for Health and Social Care

This is a level 4 unit with a suggested guided learning hour content of 60.

The aim of this unit is to help you develop knowledge and understanding of communication both with colleagues in health and social care organisations and with service users. You will gain an understanding of why communication is sometimes ineffective and the skills needed to overcome difficulties. You will demonstrate a range of communication skills including carrying out an oral presentation to colleagues, a face to face consultation with a service user and formal written communication.

Unit 3: People in organisations

This is a level 4 unit with a suggested guided learning hour content of 60.

This unit aims to develop knowledge of those aspects of organisations that concern and support people. This includes communication practices, teamwork, remote working and other organisational structures. Using this knowledge you will be able to review the impact of workplace practices on people.

Unit 4: Working with Multidisciplinary Teams

This is a level 5 unit with a suggested guided learning hour content of 60.

This unit will help you develop the skills and knowledge required to build and lead multi-disciplinary teams and to build effective working relationships with other professionals. The unit is suitable for those working in healthcare, social care, children’s services and other public services that require multi-agency or multi-disciplinary working. Stakeholders may be other organisations or agencies or service users.

Unit 5: Empowering Users of Health and Social Care Services

This is a level 4 unit with a suggested guided learning hour content of 60.

Through study of this unit you  will develop an understanding of how through the design and review of legislative and management systems, providers can empower service users in promoting their individual rights of participation and independence.

Unit 6: Contemporary Issues in Health and Social Care

This is a level 5 unit with a suggested guided learning hour content of 60.

This unit will help you develop the skills to research how contemporary issues of public concern relating to health and social care are identified and presented in the public domain.  You will also develop an understanding of the role the media plays in presenting information to the public and how the media can be used to influence the attitudes and behaviours of people.

Unit 7: Health and Safety in the Health and Social Care Workplace

This is a level 4 unit with a suggested guided learning hour content of 60.

Through study of this unit you will develop an understanding of the risks and responsibilities of health and safety in the health and social care workplace.

Unit 8: Management of Health and Social Care Provision

This is a level 4 unit with a suggested guided learning hour content of 60.

This unit will explore how to be an effective manager in health and social care requires a need to supervise and manage provision and lead and support others. This unit will also help you develop knowledge, skills and understanding of the role of a manager in managing provision and practice in health and social care in ways that continually improve what is delivered. This unit is suitable for those working or intending to work in healthcare, social care, children’s services and related areas.

Unit 9: Facilitating change in health and social care

This is a level 5 unit with a credit value of 15 and a suggested guided learning hour content of 60.

Through study of this unit you will develop knowledge and understanding of key drivers of change in health and social care. You will also be provided with an opportunity to evaluate recent changes in health and social care service provision. During this unit you will also study the key elements of change management and how to manage and monitor change in health and social care management roles/contexts.

Unit 10: Managing communication

This is a level 5 unit with a credit value of 15 and a suggested guided learning hour content of 60.

The aim of this unit is to help you develop knowledge and understanding of communication both with colleagues in health and social care organisations and with service users. You will gain an understanding of why communication is sometimes ineffective and the skills needed to overcome difficulties. You will demonstrate a range of communication skills and be able to carry out a comprehensive review/audit of communication strategies within a specific area of health and social care.

Unit 11: People management

This is a level 5 unit with a credit value of 15 and a suggested guided learning hour content of 60.

This unit provides an opportunity for you to develop knowledge and understanding of what motivates individuals and teams and be able to use this to review people management strategies used in organisations.

You will gain an understanding of leadership theories, motivational theories, the impact of structure and culture as well as other tools that can be used to empower people in the workplace.

Unit 12: Research project

This is a level 5 unit with a credit value of 20 and a suggested guided learning hour content of 80

This unit provides an opportunity to learn about research methodology, methods and analysis relevant to health and social care contexts.

At the end of this unit you will be required to formulate a research specification on a chosen topic, implement the research project, evaluate and present the research findings. Therefore you will need to have access to a relevant health and social care context.

Unit 13: Leading practice in health and social care

This is a level 5 unit with a credit value of 15 and a suggested guided learning hour content of 60

Leading Practice in Health and Social Care follows naturally on from the core mandatory units and encompasses many principles of management and leadership that you can translate into current work roles or use to underpin career development. The unit provides you with an opportunity to explore roles in leadership contexts and  opportunities to look at systems and policies and how they underpin management and leadership within health and social care contexts

Unit 14: Working with Multidisciplinary Teams

This is a level 5 unit with a credit value of 15 and a suggested guided learning hour content of 60.

This unit will help you develop the skills and knowledge required to build and lead multi-disciplinary teams and to build effective working relationships with other professionals. The unit is suitable for those working in healthcare, social care, children’s services and other public services that require multi-agency or multi-disciplinary working. Stakeholders may be other organisations or agencies or service users.

Unit 15: Empowering Users of Health and Social Care Services

This is a level 4 unit with a credit value of 15 and a suggested guided learning hour content of 60.

Through study of this unit you will develop an understanding of how through the design and review of legislative and management systems, providers can empower service users in promoting their individual rights of participation and independence.

Unit 16: Management of Safeguarding for Health and Social Care

This is a level 5 unit with a credit value of 10 and a suggested guided learning hour content of 40.

This unit provides you with important opportunities to explore the roles and responsibilities in safeguarding and also evaluation of legal positions and how the person centred approach can be situated within the health and social care context.

Progression

On successful completion of this level 5 qualification you may wish to progress to a level 6 qualification within the same or allied field, or a degree programme in a higher education institution and claim exemptions for some of the units completed.