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  1. 1. 2008 LOUGHBOROUGH UNIVERSITY Programme Specification Postgraduate Programmes in Medical Management Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if full advantage is taken of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information on the learning outcomes, content and teaching, learning and assessment methods of each module can be found in Module Specifications and other programme documentation and online at The accuracy of the information in this document is reviewed by the University and may be checked by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education. Awarding body/institution; Loughborough University Teaching institution (if Not Applicable different); Details of accreditation by a Not Applicable professional/statutory body; Name of the final award; MSc in Medical Management; Postgraduate Diploma in Medical Management; Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Management Programme title; Medical Management UCAS code; Not Applicable Date at which the programme April 2008 specification was written or revised. 1. Aims of the programme: This Postgraduate Programme in Medical Management is aimed at senior clinicians currently working as senior medical managers, clinicians wishing to move from another field within healthcare into medical management and those working in specialist medical management areas wishing to broaden their expertise. The programme is delivered as a series of modules for part-time study and aims to:  Provide a systematic understanding and critical awareness of new insights in the management of healthcare organisations. It particularly focuses on the application of knowledge and practical understanding in the strategic and operational planning of a high quality health service. msc459.doc -1- 03/04/08
  2. 2. 2008  Develop participants’ ability to evaluate critically current research and enhance scholarship in the management of health care systems in order to develop professional potential and prepare them for senior positions within healthcare organisations.  Suit the needs of working professionals who do not have an opportunity for full-time study. 2. Relevant subject benchmark statements and other external and internal reference points used to inform programme outcomes: The programme conforms to the benchmarks published by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education in respect of Masters Awards in business and management in 2002. Specifically the programme meets the requirements of a specialist programme for career development in that it is intended to prepare health professionals for a specialist career pathway. The following reference points also provide a benchmark for programme development, delivery and content.  University and departmental teaching and learning strategies  Staff research and professional development within the discipline  Links, thorough consultancy and past students, with a range of healthcare organisations  Consultation with acknowledged experts in the subject  Links with the external examiner 3. Intended Learning Outcomes The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, individual and group exercises, workshops, role-play and practical sessions. The modules are highly participative, encouraging students to contribute to class discussions and to share personal experiences and concerns with fellow students. Students are also encouraged to consider situations within their own work environments. The Programme Director acts in the capacity of a personal tutor and provides students with advice and guidance on academic progress and study problems. Students are required to work both individually and within groups for both study and assessment. A programme handbook is available to each student at the beginning of the programme. The handbook sets out general advice on study, key regulations on assessment, programme regulations and module specifications for all modules available for study. At each module, further information is provided including a module outline which details the lecture schedule and associated reading guidance. Knowledge and Understanding: On successful completion of the programme, students should be able to: - Describe the organisation, function and governance of the health and social care environment in the United Kingdom and its potential future development. - Discuss the importance of leadership and management in the delivery of healthcare services. msc459.doc -2- 03/04/08
  3. 3. 2008 - Discuss the management of the human resource and its importance in achieving change in the healthcare setting. - Discuss the financial management of healthcare organisations by both directly managed and commissioned processes. - Describe decision making systems and the use and value of information within these systems. - Discuss the quantification of risk exposure and the value of managing risk to the organisation. - Describe quality assurance systems in place in healthcare organisations and the future development of such systems. - Explain the strategic importance of information systems and the development of information strategies for healthcare organisations. - Describe systems of information governance and the legislation on information security and freedom. - Discuss the formulation and implementation of strategy within an organisation and its broader community. - Develop a research project in the health care business context promoting evidence based practice and taking account of ethical issues relating to such research. Teaching, learning and assessment strategies to enable outcomes to be achieved and demonstrated: In addition to the teaching, learning and assessment strategies referred to above, students will be encouraged to make use of on-line sources of information and directed reading to achieve the intended learning outcomes. The assessment of these intended learning outcomes will take the form of presentations, in–class tests, written assignments and the MSc dissertation (for MSc Candidates). msc459.doc -3- 03/04/08
  4. 4. 2008 Skills and other attributes: a. Subject-specific cognitive skills On successful completion of the programme, students should be able to; - Establish systems for the management of services providing assurances on the safety and quality of care including competency assurance frameworks for Boards at hospital/ PCT level. - Critically analyse human resource management issues and present possible intervention strategies. - Assess systems to ensure that they empower and enable patients, service users and their informal carers. - Evaluate effective and integrated financial management and governance systems including audit. - Identify and evaluate a range of systems for risk management and quality assurance. - Apply the principles of strategic management to the development of healthcare strategies. - Analyse the role of an Information system and strategy and its impact in an organisation taking account of the principles of information governance. Teaching, learning and assessment strategies to enable outcomes to be achieved and demonstrated: Guided reading and encouragement to use on-line data sources will also serve to enhance the attainment of all these intended learning outcomes. These intended learning outcomes will be assessed by written assignments, in-class tests and group case study analysis b. Subject- specific practical skills On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to: - Analyse the factors which influence employee behaviour and develop strategies to motivate and enhance performance. - Select and employ appropriate techniques to aid financial decision making. - Use a range of risk assessment tools and carry out risk assessments and develop effective risk control strategies for healthcare organisations. - Use data on quality assurance and clinical audit to improve services - Apply planning principles to the development of clinical strategies. - Set priorities for managing performance of a service. - Design and manage a project to implement an evidence based innovative practice. Teaching, learning and assessment strategies to enable outcomes to be achieved and demonstrated: The intended learning outcomes will be assessed by written assignments, in-class tests, the group presentations, the research methodology report and the MSc dissertation. msc459.doc -4- 03/04/08
  5. 5. 2008 c. Key/transferable skills On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to: - Present technical and complex concepts in a form which is understandable to managers, clinicians and the public. - Describe how creative and innovative approaches to healthcare can be encouraged. - Work collaboratively as part of a team to solve problems and make decisions. - Apply the principles of cost benefit analysis within a strategic setting. - Use information systems appropriately in acquiring, analyzing and using information in the management of a healthcare service - Develop research skills including data collection. Teaching, learning and assessment strategies to enable outcomes to be achieved and demonstrated: These intended learning outcomes will be assessed by means of written assignments, group case study, in-class tests and group presentations. The research skills will be further assessed by means of the in-class test and in the Module BSP655 by written report and the MSc dissertation (MSc candidates only). In all instances teaching and learning methods will be modified where needed in accordance with feedback received from a variety of sources. In respect of the issues relating to the second marking of group case study presentations and group presentations, systems will be put into place to ensure that these requirements are complied with. The use of video will further enhance the process. 4. Programme structures and requirements, levels, modules, credits and awards: Full details can be found in the Programme Regulations at: %20MSc.doc 5. Criteria for admission to the programme: Entry on to the programme prospective students should:  Hold a degree from a HE institute of the UK; and  Have current registration with one of the Bodies detailed in S.25(3) of The National Health Service Reform and Healthcare Professions Act 2002  or  Hold any other relevant qualification and experience approved by the university msc459.doc -5- 03/04/08
  6. 6. 2008 Prospective students whose first language is not English must possess GCSE (or O level) English Language, or University Test in English (JMB) or Proficiency in English (Cambridge) or a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOELF) score of 213 (or 550 under the old scheme) or an IELTS score of 6.5 or other qualifications acceptable to the University. 6. Information about assessment regulations Full information about the assessment regulations is contained in the programme regulations for each programme. The current regulations for all the Business School programmes can be accessed via the University web site which lists all at: The current regulations for each of the Business School programmes can also be directly accessed from section 6 of our comprehensive statement to supplement this programme specification which is available on our web site at: 7. What makes the programme distinctive? This is a specialist programme in management for doctors, nurses and other clinicians who are being prepared for the top positions within Healthcare organisations. It differs significantly from other healthcare management programmes in several areas. Specifically:- - This is a collaborative programme developed in partnership with the British Association of Medical Managers (BAMM) and builds upon their very successful “Fit to lead” programme. - A joint venture such as this allows the development of close and continued contact between practitioners and lecturers. It is envisaged that this will allow student interaction such that they develop as a cohort learning from each other. - The programme intends to create managers who are in close touch with the attitudes, values and beliefs that attracted them to the profession of medicine. The professional approach to management will allow them to look at complex management issues with an enabling and empowering frame of mind, creating innovative solutions. The programme is specific in its purpose in that it intends to produce the senior managers for the healthcare services within the UK for the coming decades. It will build upon their professional knowledge and cause them to see medical management as a patient focused activity. - The assessment methods are diverse, in both formative and summative modes. They will challenge and enable students to positively view their progress. - Whilst residence on campus is not obligatory it is expected that most students will take advantage of our excellent residential facilities and thereby enhance their networking. 8. Particular support for learning msc459.doc -6- 03/04/08
  7. 7. 2008 Information about the support offered by the Business School for this programme and the general support offered by the University for all Programmes can be found in section 8 of our comprehensive statement to supplement this programme specification which is available on our web site at: 9. Methods for evaluating and improving the quality and standards of learning The official University statement about improving quality for all programmes can be found in section 9 of our comprehensive statement to supplement this programme specification which is available on our web site at: msc459.doc -7- 03/04/08