• Application Deadline
  • 9 months
    Duration
Researching and evaluating healthcare practice assists you to play a leading role in healthcare improvements through an appreciation of healthcare quality, research, evidence evaluation and skill analysis. Earn a Researching and Evaluating Healthcare Practice degree at The Open University UK.  

About

You will conduct a series of investigations (some based on your healthcare setting, others are studied privately or with tutor group colleagues), to explore the basis for service improvement, including robust and appropriate underpinning evidence, best research practice and skill analysis. The module provides opportunities to explore the work of the researcher, look at ways to evaluate evidence, and explore approaches that can assist you to unpick skills practised locally.

Vocational relevance

This Researching and Evaluating Healthcare Practice module from The Open University UK is relevant to a wide variety of people who aspire to improve the quality of healthcare. Through this module you will gain skills which will enable you to gather and review evidence in order to determine enhancements in healthcare. If you are engaged in audit, healthcare improvement and similar work, lead or work with a healthcare improvement team or work with others on their research (e.g. practising as a research nurse), this will be a valuable module for you. The module is also valuable for healthcare practitioners making contributions within social care environments, charities and similar or anywhere that healthcare is a concern and where there is a need for healthcare improvement.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 9 months
  • Credits
    60 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    Online
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

  • Block 1 - starts with your personal experience of healthcare improvement and healthcare quality. You explore what these terms mean, drawing on your experience. 
  • Block 2 - is concerned with the analysis of skills – those that you routinely use in practice, and also those that are important when you review or generate research evidence. In this block, you will select a skill for closer analysis, learn to differentiate between skills, techniques and approaches and then to ‘unpick’ the component parts of your chosen skill. 
  • Block 3 - focuses on research and in particular the design of successful research projects that are ethical. 
  • Block 4 - is all about the review and evaluation of evidence which may come in many different forms and from different sources. 

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:

    6

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

It is a requirement that you have: 
  • a degree (FHEQ Level 6 / SCQF Level 9), conferred by a UK university or other recognised degree-awarding body
  • successfully passed Leading healthcare improvements (K827)
  • access to a setting related to healthcare

Tuition Fee

  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    3160 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3160 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 9 months.
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Funding

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