Taught course

Leading and Managing Health and Social Care

University of Westminster, London · Leadership and Professional Development

Entry requirements

A relevant undergraduate qualification or equivalent relevant professional qualification and have at least 2 years work-based experience in relevant employment or voluntary work with responsibility for managing others Have relevant professional/work-based experience of at least 5 years, including 2 years in a role that involves leading and managing others in a relevant context A relevant context is employment or voluntary work in the health and social care sector For applicants who have not received their secondary education in English, a score of 6.5 in the IELTS test (including a minimum score of 6.5 in the written component or equivalent qualification)

Months of entry


Course content

This newly added part-time course is designed for people in employment in leadership and management roles in the health and social care sectors and also in relevant third sector organisations, social enterprises and private sector companies. Most students on the course will be sponsored by employers and, where there are sufficient numbers, will undertake the course in work cohorts.

The course can be built up from a post graduate certificate to diploma and finally the MSc. You can register for any of these three awards and continue or step off as required at each stage depending on your own circumstances. It is our intention to apply to have the Certificate, Diploma and Masters awards approved as Continuing Professional Development courses by the College of Social Work for those students who are Registered Social Workers.

PG Dip stage (2 modules)

The new Diploma comprises 2 modules:
Critical Inquiry in Practice 20 credits

This module is concerned with a critical analysis of the construction, location, management and appraisal of knowledge for professional practice. The concept of the production and uses of knowledge in professional practice is complex. There are also wide ranging understandings of how knowledge is generated, ranging from information arising from empirical research, through qualitative research evidence, theory, policy and practice-based evidence generated through experience and reflection. The debate about evidence-informed practice is apparent in most professions and this module is positioned to examine the nature of this debate and provide methods of critical inquiry and appraisal to develop understanding of how evidence is used in practice.

This is a taught module requiring attendance at the university of 4/5 whole days spread over several months. Where the course is delivered off-site then the module will run. There is one assignment at the end of the module of 3,000 words.
Negotiated Learning Module (Institute of Healthcare Management Accredited Managers Portfolio) 40 credits

This module enables you to examine the 11 behaviours associated with the IHM Accredited Managers Award and to collect and construct a detailed portfolio of evidence of how your practice meets these requirements.

The eleven behaviours are:

Contextual leadership
Managing the political and stakeholder environment:
Delivering outputs
Putting safety first: managing risk
Managing resources effectively and efficiently (sustainability) 6. Building winning teams
Communication and relationship management
Improvement and innovation
Integrating equalities and diversity

This is a double module that requires you to produce a portfolio of evidence that meets the requirements listed above and which will be supported by workshops at stages throughout the process of portfolio development. These may be held in the workplace. You will be required to become a member of the Institute of Healthcare Managers (a fee of no more than £180 pounds is required) in order to undertake the module and on successful completion of it you will also receive the Accredited Managers Award.

Qualification and course duration


part time
12 months

Course contact details

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