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Understanding the Health and Social Care Environment (UHSCE)

The course is divided into three sections, the first about the stakeholders within the current health and social care structure, the second about tools and methods for influencing health and social care provision through engagement with these stakeholders, and the last about how you can present your communities issues to have maximum impact for positive change.

The course includes six assignments. Two of these are online quizzes with a pass mark of 80%. The other four include three written assignments (downloadable PDFs) and the final presentation on the face to face day of the course. These four are all marked on a Pass/Fail basis. The front sheets, which you can download from the assignments tab, give you the criteria which you will need to fulfil in order to gain a pass on each of these four assignments.

The course is structured in such a way that the knowledge you gain is used to work towards a final practical task.

Course Process

  • Understanding the stakeholders
  • Understanding where we fit in the bigger picture
  • Exploring methods for influence
  • Planning for influence
  • Exploring relevant strategic documents
  • Understanding the needs of the community in question
  • Practical exercise
  • Feedback

What the course covers:

  • The key stakeholders in the new health and social care environment and their relationship to each other.
  • How we can influence these stakeholders and where we fit in the bigger picture.
  • Understanding the key issues in health and social care when working towards improvements.
  • How to use tools and methods to influence health and social care.

Section 1

By the end of this section you will have a good understanding of who the stakeholders are in the new health and social care environment, how they relate to each other, and their relevance to you and your organisation or community.

Section 2

By the end of this section you will have a good understanding of the tools and methods available to influence health and social care for your community and the strategic context within your local area. You’ll look first at some of the key methods for influence which are practical and achievable. You’ll then move on to learning about some of the useful tools available to understand the strategic context of your local area. You will have to do some research to find out more about these.

Section 3

By the end of this section you will have a good understanding of how to organise and present health and social care feedback received from your community in order to have an influence on health and social care provision.

Who the course is for:

Anyone interested in understanding the health and social care environment and / or with responsibility for improving the health of their or other communities.

How the course is delivered:

The course is delivered through a combination of online and face to face learning. Learners complete an online course of study (including phone / email contact with a tutor) before attending an all-day session to complete the final assignment.

Is the course accredited?

Yes, the course is accredited with the CERTA (Operating name of the Open College Network Yorkshire and Humber Region) as a 3 credit level 3 module (the academic level required is roughly that of an A level).

How much time will it take?

The online course will be delivered over 12 weeks and will involve around 30 hours of study over this period. The final assessment session will last 7.5 hours and will be delivered on a specific day.

Can you help with accessibility?

If you have support or access needs we will try our hardest to ensure you can complete the course. We will discuss any needs with you when we phone you to welcome you to the course.