Frequently Asked Questions
1. Who is eligible for this course?
- Employees of NHS organisations, clinical and non-clinical from within the Oxford Academic Health Science Network region.
- We would welcome “team” innovation projects that involve multi-organisation solutions for ACSs and STPs in our region. In such an instance, we will consider including individuals who are not from the NHS on the course – for instance, from Local Authorities social care. If you are from the NHS and wish to include someone from outside of the NHS in the delivery of a joint innovation project please contact Susan Procter at [email protected] to discuss.
2. What are the entry requirements?
This is a Masters level course so we would normally expect students to have a first degree and experience of working in health or social care. If you lack a first degree but have extensive work experience please contact the course leader Susan Procter at [email protected] who can provide individual advice on your eligibility to join the course.
3. Will I have to pay the fees for this course?
No, if you are offered a place you would not have to pay. This course is sponsored by HEETV (NHS Health Education England Thames Valley), created by the Clinical Innovation Adoption Programme at Oxford Academic Health Science Network and Buckinghamshire New University so as to support innovation and change management within health.
4. What support will I need from my colleagues and employer?
To be successful you will need to work with your employer and colleagues to identify an aspect of practice that needs improvement. In the first module you will scope possible innovations that could improve practice locally and scope the evidence base supporting those innovations. Supported by the course and working with your employer and colleagues you will identify the innovation likely to work best in your local environment. In the second module you will be supported to implement the innovation. Innovations and improvement projects with which you are currently engaged or which your employer is taking forward can be used as the focus for the work you do on this course and in fact provide a good vehicle for your innovation project.If you are working on a project as part of a team we would encourage different members of the team to join the course so you can all learn together.
5. What time commitment is required by the course?
This is a Masters level course, therefore it will make additional demands on your time. Attending the study days is important to the learning programme. Additionally you will have to read widely on the topic of your innovation to scope and evidence your innovation, to learn the skills of evaluation, economic analysis and project management and to understand the human and cultural challenges you will need to address to implement and sustain the innovation in a practice setting.You will also need to complete two assignments; one at the end of each module. These are Masters level modules and therefore the standard of writing must be at Masters level. You will write approximately 5,000 words for each assignment at Masters level, drawing on course materials and on your reading.
6. What support is available if I have a disability?
The University has a learning support unit and you will be able to contact staff in the unit who will provide advice and support to ensure you are not disadvantaged by your disability.
7. What if I need to take a break from the course?
It is possible to take a break between modules or to defer to the next module. However the opportunity to complete your studies will depend on the course continuing to run in its current format.
8. Can I use the Masters module credits towards an MSc Programme?
Yes, the two modules form part of the MSc Professional Practice at Buckinghamshire New University. Students wishing to complete this Master’s Degree will be put in touch with the Programme Leader. Masters credits from other Universities can be accredited towards this MSc. Other Universities may accept these modules towards their Masters programmes. You or your employer will need to fund the fees for the top-up to Masters programme.
9. Will I receive an academic award upon successful completion of the course?
Yes, you will be awarded a Post-Graduate Certificate in Professional Practice (Healthcare). This is a Masters level qualification and equates to 60 academic credits at Masters level.
10. What support will I get from Oxford Academic Health Science Network?
Oxford Academic Health Science Network (Oxford AHSN) is keen to promote innovation across all its Partner organisations. Senior staff from Oxford AHSN are involved in the design and delivery of the course and therefore form part of the teaching team supporting your learning throughout the course. You will be given the opportunity to present your ideas to senior staff from Oxford AHSN who will provide advice and feedback and connect you with additional support that maybe available within their networks to help you progress your innovation. They will also provide feedback on your project proposal.