Collection, Management and Analysis of Data
The overall aim of this unit is to provide you with practical experience in relation to the collection, and analysis of data; and enable you to make informed choices in relation to the theoretical and practical strengths and weaknesses of a range of methods of data collection and analysis when considering research design.
Data collection management and analysis (overviews, examples of and practice of collection/analysis) relating to- for example:
1) manipulating things to see what happens;
2) observing things happening directly;
3) asking questions about things;
4) using existing documents and data to find things out
5) measurement and detecting differences.
Such examples will also explore core research design issues (e.g. ethical issues, target populations and sampling, keeping a research journal, validity / accuracy / credibility, basics of quantitative analysis, basics of qualitative analysis).
Practitioner Research: Philosophical, Political, Ethical and Practical Issues
We've designed this unit to enable you to develop your own in depth understanding of a particular tradition of research. This unit will also facilitate your ability to critically reflect on various factors that influence the development of research (designed to be carried out by practitioners, into their own field of practice).
Identifying potential researchable problems for the practitioner from within health and social care practice.
Current research in specialist areas of practice. Conformity and diversity in researching health and social care practice.
Exploring different perspectives on research and the research process (underpinning philosophies; methodologies, research designs). Examples from the field individual approaches to carrying out research (eg generic qualitative research, pragmatic trials, phenomenological research, decision rule development, survey research, narrative research, systematic review, bricolage).
The impact of various factors (personal beliefs about research; previous research in the area; accepted practices, and other political, ethical and practical issues) on research design
The politics of research stakeholders and differing perspectives on research and practice.
Person Centred Practice
In this unit you'll understand the ways in which people are located at the centre of professional practice. It recognises the communicative and interpersonal aspects of the service user-professional encounter, and the ethical, legal, social and political contexts that frame their engagement.
You'll learn about the principles of ethical person-centred practice; Power, expertise and relationships in health and social care practice and its leadership; Diversity, identity and the self in professional practice contexts; Knowledge and skills for relationship-building, negotiation, leadership and professional effectiveness; Group and organisational awareness, culture and politics.
Evidence Based Practice and Project Planning
We've designed this unit to develop your understanding, critical stance and utilisation of evidence-based practice and practice based evidence in a context of uncertain knowledge, competing value and belief systems and resources and to develop a viable project proposal to address an issue in practice.
- Government policy development
- Clinical Governance
- Research paradigms, epistemology of evidence and professional practice
- Getting evidence into practice
- Project management defining the project, stakeholder engagement, the project team, planning the project, managing the project, controlling risk, reviewing projects, evidence based practice, making and disseminating the evidence for practice developing practice, project and research ethics, managing information. Feasibility studies and piloting. Models of applied research for practice evaluation and different evaluation perspectives. Audit culture? and the risks of evaluation strategies. Examination of current evaluation strategies in health and social care. Developing creative, reflective and critical thinking skills that can be used in effective practice problem solving and practice development.
This unit will support you in carrying out your independent study, culminating in a thesis that makes an original contribution to the body of knowledge in your professional discipline. The thesis should demonstrate "the creation and interpretation of new knowledge, through original research or other advanced scholarship, of a quality to satisfy peer review, extend the forefront of the discipline, and merit publication" (QAA 2014:30)
Independent study, culminating in a thesis that will be submitted for examination at doctoral level.
Likely Optional Units
Principles of Health Economics
We've designed this unit to enable you to explore health economics and equip you with the basic principles of economics. You'll examine the current fundamental economic principles and their application to health care. These include the supply of and demand for health and health care, scarcity, choice and opportunity cost. You'll also examine, economic evaluation of health care systems and health care reforms, methods of economic evaluation in healthcare, and priorities setting using health economics. You'll also examine economic analysis of healthcare technologies and valuation of health.
Safeguarding in Health and Social Care
This unit will help you to develop a critical awareness of the abuse of children and vulnerable adults. You'll achieve a comprehensive understanding of the relevant policies and procedures that impact on the Safeguarding agenda. You'll also consider the application of current policies to the protection of children and adults within the UK and within the international context.
Contemporary Issues in Practice
The content for this unit will be entirely student led. You'll be encouraged to take account of your own practice based issues and negotiate your own content for this unit with your course tutor.
There will be elements of tutor-led learning (including tutorials and directed study for 40 hours) and an independent study aspect for 160 hours.
Contemporary Issues in Health and Social Care
This unit will explore contemporary issues in health and social care. It will address the ways in which the social policy landscape rapidly change and evaluate the impact of these policy changes on the delivery of health and social care for adults and children. The unit will draw on examples of current practice to develop relevant debates including personalisation, integration of health and social care, innovative models of providing services, and user involvement.
Explorations of the processes of health and social care policy development Integration of health and social care;
- The personalisation agenda;
- Evaluation of the changing provider market including the private sector and social enterprises;
- Communities and health and social care;
- Policy and legislative framework;
- Impact of financial austerity measures on service provision and service users;
- Impact of demographic changes on health and social care;
- User involvement