Coronavirus information for applicants and offer-holders

We understand that prospective students and offer-holders may have concerns about the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. The University is following the advice from Universities UK, Public Health England and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Read our latest coronavirus information

MRes Primary Care (Web-based Learning) / Course details

Year of entry: 2020

Course unit details:
Implementation Sciences

Unit code POPH64551
Credit rating 15
Unit level FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Offered by Division of Population Health, Health Services Research and Primary Care
Available as a free choice unit? No

Overview

Within the UK the increased pace of change in health services, greater public expectations and limited resources all require health professionals to reconsider how things are done. This is in order to improve care and services and so better people’s health. Implementation and improvement science methodology has been used for decades in manufacturing and other sectors, but it is a relatively recent innovation to health services in the UK. The premise is that using a systematic approach can help practitioners and managers design better systems, which will in turn improve health.

This course unit is an introduction to the approaches needed to implement policy and research findings in real-world health and social care settings, from a local to a global context. It will include:

  1. The processes of clinical governance and the audit cycle
  2. Policy analysis and impact
  3. Interpreting research findings to your setting
  4. Implementing new innovations
  5. Making informed decisions for transformational change in health and social care settings
  6. Global implementation sciences

Online content and written assignments with no assessed group activities (students on these course units could work through course content at different paces without negative impact on their attainment)

This is an interactive online course. Students must work through the online course material. Students are encouraged to use the Blackboard discussion boards to ask questions and check their understanding of the course material.

 

Aims

The aim of the course unit is to provide an introduction to implementation and improvement sciences for health and social care, from a local to a global context for the improvement of health and wellbeing.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this unit, successful students will be able to:

  • Understand the role of clinical governance and the audit cycle process in health and social care
  • Analyse policies and the impact of policies for health and social care
  • Evaluate research findings into different context and settings
  • Assess and implement new innovations into practice
  • Develop, implement and evaluate health and social care transformational change models
  • Understand and appraise the challenges of implementation sciences in a global setting in the context of non-governmental and governmental organisations

Syllabus

  • Understand the role of clinical governance in health and social care
  • Understand the role of the audit cycle process in health and social care
  • Analyse policies and the impact of policies for health care
  • Analyse policies and the impact of policies for social care
  • Evaluate research findings into different context and settings
  • Assess and implement new innovations into practice in health care
  • Assess and implement new innovations into practice in social care
  • Develop, implement and evaluate health and social care transformational change models
  • Understand and appraise the challenges of implementation sciences in a global setting in the context of non-governmental and governmental organisations 

Teaching and learning methods

This is an interactive online course which involves working through the course notes provided online, linked references and other online sources of information. You will be encouraged to use self-reflection to help you think about the ideas discussed, and take part in discussion board activities. You should work through the unit in a logical sequence. The calendar in Blackboard will guide you as to what you should be doing and when. It is essential you follow this guidance so that you are doing the same topic at the same time as your fellow students. Participation in the discussion boards is greatly encouraged, and generally those students who do participate do better in their written assignments.You will be asked to bring a professional or relevant personal development `problem’ to the course. The course is designed to provide an academic basis for understanding and applying implementation science.

Employability skills

Group/team working
The student is expected to play an active role collaborating with experienced trainers and other students to work through their own problem and exit with a greater understanding of the issues involved as well as possible solutions.
Innovation/creativity
We envisage that students who have taken this unit will become ambassadors for change within their own workplace.
Problem solving
In this course unit, individual students will bring a professional or relevant personal development `problem' to the course. The course is designed to provide an academic basis for understanding and applying implementation science.

Assessment methods

Assessment task

Length

Weighting within unit (if relevant)

Midterm assignment

1,500 words

30%

Final assignment

2,500 words

70%

The midterm and final assignments will be based on how you incorporate advice from tutors and colleagues on the discussion boards into the assignments.

You will bring a professional or relevant personal development 'problem' to the course. The course is designed to provide an academic basis for understanding and applying implementation science.

Feedback methods

Students will be provided with personalised feedback for their mid-term and final summative assignments, within 15 working days for midterm assignments and 20 working days for final submission.

Further opportunities for formative feedback (on non-assessed work) will also be provided during a course unit.

Study hours

Independent study hours
Independent study 150

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Clare Huish Unit coordinator

Additional notes

For further information please watch this video from our Course Unit Leader: https://video.manchester.ac.uk/faculties/edfa2331ca0cd9a14d717cb1d233466f/67769119-a38e-4003-bcd1-3801d61787cb/

If you have any questions about the content of this unit, please contact the course unit leader, Clare Huish, via email on clare.huish@manchester.ac.uk. If you have any other queries, please contact the PGT programme administrators via email on mph.admin@manchester.ac.uk

Return to course details