module specification

DT6062 - Management of Health and Social Care (2024/25)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2024/25
Module title Management of Health and Social Care
Module level Honours (06)
Credit rating for module 15
School School of Human Sciences
Total study hours 150
102 hours Guided independent study
48 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 50% 35 Business Case (2500 words)
Group Presentation 50% 35 Case study presentation (10 minutes, individual time)
Running in 2024/25

(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Summer studies North Week All day
Spring semester North Monday Morning

Module summary

Management of Health and Social Care
This module provides learners with an understanding of the organisational infrastructure of public sector organisations. Context is provided through relevant local,
regional and national social and administrative policy for both employment as well as for the provision of healthcare and social services. Management structures relevant to the dietetic professions are explored. The module aims to develop learning and practical tools to support experiences encountered during employment. It complements theory of government policies relevant to healthcare covered in modules such as

Clinical Dietetics 1 and 2 and Applied Public Health and Nutrition.
The module aims to provide learners with an understanding of the management and organisation of public sector organisations. In addition learners will learn about commissioning, business planning, financial management and marketing as well as the management of governance and risk within healthcare. Learners will also further develop their knowledge and understanding of continuous professional development, career pathways and management and leadership styles.

Spring Semester

Assessment: Business Case (2500 words) (50%) Oral Presentation (10 minutes) (50%)

This module forms an essential part of preparation for employment. Learners must obtain at least 40% to pass this module. In addition learners must normally  obtain at least 35% in each component of assessment within this module. A mark of between 35%  and 39% may be compensated by other components


The specified learning outcomes will be developed around a framework based on the following subject matter:
Organisational structures and management relating to health systems, social care the private sector and dietetic service provision. Models and practice in e-health.
Governance of health care including risk management, clinical governance, financial governance, tendering and contracting, audit and service improvement. Business innovation as applied to health and social care. Involvement of service user in service development, improvement and decision making.
Human resource management, industrial relations, management and leadership styles.
Continuous Professional Development, Requirements of the Health and Care Professions Council, Practice Supervision and Dietetic Career Pathway.
Accountability of oneself and others.
Change management
Commissioning Services
The evolving role of the health professional
Core NHS values including advocacy, compassion
Participation in training, supervision, and mentoring
Raising concerns about the safety and well being of service users including whistleblowing and current related health regulatory policy.

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

The syllabus will be developed through lectures, tutorials and case studies. A significant amount of material will be made available through the University VLE including process models and learning materials.

Knowledge of the subject matter of this module will be acquired via interactive lectures  (20 hours), group tutorials (20 hours) and in class oral presentations (8 hours) which are mandatory.  In addition learners will be required to spend up to 102 hours in private study, preparation and self-directed reading.  Learners will be instructed in the appropriate use of learning resources and assisted with suitable directed reading material. The learners will learn about public sector organisations as employers as well as providers of healthcare. This module forms an important part of developing skills in employability as it prepares learners for the expectations of the NHS as an employer and of the Health and Care Professions Council

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module the learner will be able to:
1. Appraise current health, education and social services systems in the provision of healthcare at local, regional and national levels.
2. Devise a business plan for a given case scenario illustrating knowledge of the
principles of human resource management and service improvement .
3. Demonstrate understanding of the methods used to evaluate self performance as an individual, as part of a team and as an organisation
4. Demonstrate confidence, resilience, ambition and creativity and be identifiable as inclusive, collaborative and socially responsible practitioners thoughout the assessments.   
5. Examine governance and quality systems used within health and social care.