AC0779 - Strategic Management of Healthcare

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What will I learn on this module?

This module will enable you to understand and critically appraise theories and concepts of strategic management approaches in relation to healthcare organisations. You will be introduced to the conceptual foundations of management, focussing on the essential strategic tasks of leadership and management. In particular research and theory on organisational behaviour will foster your understanding of the impact of positive and negative relationships within the organisational healthcare culture. You will learn how leadership and change management skills are addressed as an integral part of management in relation to communication and project planning for healthcare leaders. The module is particularly relevant if you are a senior or aspiring manager working in healthcare but is also very relevant if you have an interest in management in healthcare organisations. As a manager in a strategic role, you could be setting objectives for the organisation and creating the routes towards reaching these goals.
Key area you will study include:-
Understanding healthcare organizations: Challenges for Healthcare Management: global perspectives
Strategic Management: levels of strategy; Strategic planning
Service Area Competitor Analysis: Determining obstacles and boundaries
Internal Environmental Analysis: Resources Management for high performance healthcare
The Organizational setting: The meaning of organizational behaviour; Organizational practices
Managers and managerial behaviour: Principles of management; Managerial roles; Managerial effectiveness
Culture and climate in healthcare organizations: Cross-cultural leadership
You will critically apply knowledge within areas of your discipline and /or healthcare management that will support your future employability and long term career prospects.

How will I learn on this module?

During this module you will engage in a range of learning and teaching activities including lectures, seminars, tutorials and guided learning. You will undertake classroom based discussions and case study analysis using contemporary literature and research to facilitate your discussion and critical thinking. In addition, you will be required to undertake personal study in relation to the integration of concepts and approaches introduced within the module, in the context of organisational issues within either your place of employment or the healthcare sector generally. Collaborative learning will be facilitated to enable you to learn with, from and about each other to promote an ethos of collaborative / peer working for strategic management of healthcare. Blackboard collaborative will be available on the module E learning portal site to help facilitate this aspect of your learning and enable you to work together in a team with your peers. The diversity in terms of age, background and culture of fellow students will help you to learn from each other and develop a range of skills such as communication, managing and planning and team working. Lecture materials will be made available through the e-learning portal together with links to key materials and websites for example the Institute of Healthcare Management. Clips from broadcast able media will also be available to support classroom based discussion by using the BOB national website. The module will use electronic digitised reading lists, electronic assessment submission and the Turnitin anti-plagiarism software that will also be used as a formative learning tool.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

The module lead will provide guidance and support for the duration of the module and help you in relation to your academic progress. You will be given guidance in connection with specific issues relating to the module such as assessment requirements, monitoring of your progress and practical issues such as timetabling and room changes. Contact details for all academic and administrative team members are available for you in the programme and module handbooks on the e-learning portal. Electronic teaching and learning materials are also provided and updated on the e-learning portal. This includes module handbooks, assessment information, PowerPoint presentations, electronic digitised reading lists and relevant web links. All of these online resources are available out with the scheduled teaching sessions. The University libraries offer generous opening hours and an award winning range of services. In particular you might find the Skills Programme and online multimedia ‘SkillsPlus’ resources helpful. The University Student Support and Wellbeing Services offer information, guidance and support to you on a range of issues. They can help if you have a disability or if you need some extra help. If you are an international student you will also have access to English for Specific Academic Purposes (ESAP) module to help you further develop your academic writing and study skills.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at:
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team –

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
1. You will be able to understand healthcare organisations in a global context and evaluate the relations between, strategic thinking, strategic planning and strategic healthcare management.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
2. You will critically appraise organisational behaviour including techniques to manage change and principles of performance management in health services.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
3. You will be able to integrate management models in relation to an analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of a particular organisation from the critical perspective of development and adaptability.

4. You will be able to critically analyse the concept of strategic thinking maps

How will I be assessed?

You have two elements to your summative assessment for this module:
1. Final Examination (60%), 3 hours: 2 essays to be answered from a choice of 5, to test understanding of key healthcare management concepts (MLO 1, 2, 3, 4,)

2. Group Presentation (40%): students will work in groups of 3-5 on an assigned case, and prepare a 15min PowerPoint presentation discussing and analysing the case, and presenting their recommendations. This will be followed by a 5-min question-and-answer session during which the lecturer will assess the understanding of concepts. Formative feedback will be provided by peers. A hand out of the slides will be submitted by each group, for review .(MLO1,2,3,)


You will be asked to answer one past exam question and hand this in so that the module lead can mark this and provide you with relevant feedback that can be fed forward to help you prepare for the exam element of the assessment.

A hand out of the groups proposed power point slides will be submitted by each group, for review by their tutor prior to the summative presentation.
Verbal formative feedback will be given to you as individuals during tutorials. Formative feedback will be provided verbally by peers after at the group presentation.





Module abstract

This module will introduce you to theories and concepts of strategic approaches in relation to the management of healthcare organisations. Leadership and change management skills are addressed as an integral part of management in relation to communication and project planning for healthcare leaders. The module is particularly relevant to senior or aspiring managers working in healthcare or if you have an interest in strategic management in health organisations. Learning and teaching includes classroom-based lectures and seminar sessions, individual tutorials, case-study discussions and directed self-study.
The module is assessed by an examination and a group presentation in which you will be tested for your understanding of concepts and your ability to apply these collaboratively in the context of healthcare organizations.

Course info

Credits 30

Level of Study Postgraduate

Mode of Study 1 year full-time
2 other options available

Department Social Work, Education & Community Wellbeing

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2020

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