Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
School of Communication and Media
20 September 2021
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This course provides participants with the opportunity to explore and critically appraise leadership and management communication within healthcare.
This short course examines leadership and management within healthcare communications. This course will provide participants with the opportunity to explore and critically appraise leadership and management styles and issues to enable them to effectively work with personnel at all levels, within and across organisations. Participants will gain an understanding of the leadership and management of communications in healthcare, and the critical awareness of the theories, policies, skills and issues in leadership and management in healthcare communication contexts.
This course can be taken individually or combined over a period of time towards a Postgraduate Certificate of Professional Development.
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Effective leadership and management are core skills for professionals working in the area of healthcare communications. This course will provide participants with the opportunity to explore and critically appraise leadership and management styles and issues to enable them to effectively work with personnel at all levels, within and across organisations.
The aims of this course are to give participants an understanding of leadership and management relating to communications in healthcare and the critical awareness of the policies, theories, skills and issues in leadership and management in healthcare communication contexts.
The following topics will be covered:
Healthcare structures in NI and UK -introduction to healthcare structures, levels, relationships and delivery systems.
Communication within NHS and HSC -structure of communication delivery within NHS; role of communications departments within NHS.
Healthcare communication policies - overview of health policies that influence current communication in healthcare.
Management in healthcare communication -the functions of a manager - is a manager a leader; the context in which managers work - groups, organisations and hierarchy; the centrality of the task and the processes for achievement of the task; management theories; management styles; management skills; issues in management; and applications within healthcare communications.
Leadership in healthcare communication -defining leaders and leadership; is leadership a consequence of events, history and opportunity or innate ability; theories of leadership; leadership styles; leadership types; leadership skills; issues in leadership; application of these ideas within healthcare communications.
Governance and ethics in healthcare communication -overview of the governance and ethics in healthcare and its impact on healthcare communications.
This course should be of interest to those working in communication positions or who have communication related roles and responsibilities within a range of healthcare settings, including public, private and voluntary sectors.
As increasingly more postgraduate students are working either full-time or part-time, this course is delivered fully online.
100% Coursework - participants will be presented with a leadership and management case study based on a mass media communication campaign.
(1) Analysis Report (1000 words) - identify and explain the potential cause of the leadership and management issues within the mass media communication campaign case study provided (25%).
(2) Planning Report (2000 words) - based on the identified leadership and management issues in the Analysis Report, present how these issues could be managed and led effectively, providing rationale and theory and evidence based (75%).
This course is delivered online for 12 weeks with no on-campus attendance requirements starting 20 September 2021. Online seminars take place on Monday evenings from 7.30pm to 8.30pm during the 12 weeks.
Any undergraduate degree.
Applicants whose first language is not English must meet the minimum English entrance requirements of the University and will need to provide recent evidence of this (certified within the last two years).
Most of our courses require a minimum English level of IELTS 6.0 or equivalent, with no band score under 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement.
Please see details of the English language qualifications and certificates we can accept - https://www.ulster.ac.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0005/177404/Other-english-language-tests-and-qualifications-2017.pdf
International applicants will also require a short-term study visa. Further information is available at https://www.ulster.ac.uk/international/visa-immigration
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