What you will study
Following an online learning guide, you will work with a combination of print, online resources and audio-visual materials designed to get you thinking and to build your understanding and skills. You will be encouraged and supported to bring together core themes and ideas in a way that is relevant to you and your specific interests. You will be taught quickly and simply how to use ICT to access, analyse and communicate current issues, as well as going online to communicate with other students.
The module is structured around key aspects of leading and managing in health and social care, with four main blocks of study:
Block 1 Approaching leadership and management
You will begin by exploring what it means to be a leader or a manager in health and social care today, examining how the two roles differ yet complement each other, and sometimes overlap. You will be encouraged to reflect on your own skills and experience and what you wish to gain from studying the module.
Block 2 Managing relationships
In this block you explore two constants at the heart of any management role – change and human relationships. You explore how theoretical understanding can support practical attempts to work through complex situations of change with a variety of people, and reflect on how your own approaches to management or leadership influence the relationships you have with others.
Block 3 Creating the caring environment
In Block 3 you move from focusing on relationships between people, to relationships between people and their surrounding environments. Drawing on real-life examples you consider the impact of organisational, environmental and political contexts and concerns for managers in health and social care.
Block 4 Leading for ethical and quality care
Having considered the practical context within which managers and leaders operate, in the final block you are encouraged to question the ethical requirements of good leadership and management in care. You reflect on personal values and ethical practice, legislative requirements and the value of learning from experience and listening to others.
Each week of work will involve core questions, case study materials, key theoretical concepts and activities designed to apply, critique and review the topic. To ensure that your learning can be applied to real-life contexts, two key recurring devices are used throughout the module:
The 6 managers – These six managers, from frontline roles across health and social care in the UK, are real people in real roles. By sharing their experiences through short videos, they help to bring alive the conceptual ideas studied in the module and help you to explore how they might play out in real-life situations.
A toolkit for management and leadership – You will be introduced to a range of tools and skills which can be applied in your own work environment. By the end of the module you will have built up a personal ‘toolkit’ for management and leadership which you take away with you for future use.
This module has been designed for people in health and social care working in frontline, administrative and leadership positions. However, you do not have to work in health and social care to take this module as it recognises the interests of those who are not in paid positions hoping to enter the sector or are working in voluntary roles, providing care to friends and families or using services.
Building your career in health and social care is addressed by content that draws from current policy imperatives and reflects employer expectations around skills, knowledge and understanding.