The OTHM Level 7 Diploma in Health and Social Care Management is designed to enable learners to develop a sound understanding of policy, management theory and practice in health and social care. It provides learners with an opportunity to engage with the challenges facing professionals, services users and policy makers in own country. It will enhance knowledge in learners so that they can work as an effective manager in hospitals/social care industry. It combines both theoretical and practical knowledge in the health and social care professions.
Learner must fulfil at least one of the following criteria to be allowed entry to the qualification:
- Possession of a UK level 6 diploma in related subject or an equivalent overseas qualification
- Mature learners (over 21) with relevant work experience (learners must check with the delivery centre regarding this experience prior to registering for the programme)
If the learner is not from the United Kingdom or a majority English-speaking country, they must provide evidence of English language competency at a minimum of CEFR (The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) level B2 from a recognised English test provider or IELTS level 5.5 in each components..
OTHM Level 7 Diploma in Health and Social Care Management (RQF) consists of the following 8 mandatory units that provide a total of 120 credits(60 ECTS):
Managing Finance in Health and Social Care (15 credits): introduce the learner to key concepts and tools for accounting and finance in health and social care contexts; gives the knowledge and understanding required to interpret and make use of financial information that is relevant to the management of health and social care.
International Health Policy (15 credits): explore international healthcare policy; contemporary, political, social and cultural issues that help to determine healthcare policy applicable to the national and international context.
Strategic Management for Health and Social Care (15 credits): considers the economic, management and operational complexities of healthcare, healthcare providers and practitioners, and explore the strategic options available.
Organisational Behaviour in Health and Social Care (15 credits): introduce students to the study and management of organisational behaviour in health and social care contexts, and to provide them with knowledge of the application of organisational behaviour theories and concepts in the functional area of people management.
Human Resources Management in Health and Social Care (15 credits): analyse the role of human resources management within health and social care organisations and to introduce key aspects of human resources planning and procedures; gives consideration to the knowledge and understanding required to make management decisions in the area of human resources and to apply human resources concepts to retain and motivate staff.
Managing Service Delivery in Health and Social Care (15 credits): introduce the learner to service delivery in health and social care contexts; gives the knowledge and understanding required for quality measurement and management of service delivery as it applies to health and social care.
Strategic Marketing for Health and Social Care (10 credits): introduce the key concepts and tools of strategic marketing within a health and social care context; support learners to develop their knowledge and understanding of the principles of strategic marketing and to apply these in the context of management within health and social care organisations.
Research Methods for Health and Social Care Managers (20 credits): provide understanding of research principles, a range of quantitative and qualitative research methodologies and appropriate analysis; develop the research skills and knowledge necessary to undertake an independent research project.
Duration and Delivery
The qualification is designed to be delivered over one academic year for full-time study but it is also flexible in its delivery in order to accommodate part-time and distance learning.
The qualification is delivered face-to-face, through lectures, tutorials, seminars, distance, online by approved centres only.
Assessment and Verification
All units within this qualification are internally assessed by the centre and verified by OTHM. The qualifications are criterion referenced, based on the achievement of all the specified learning outcomes.
To achieve a ‘pass’ for a unit, a learner must have successfully passed all learning outcomes for that unit.
The Assessor should provide an audit trail showing how the judgement of the learner’s overall achievement has been arrived at.
Passing the OTHM Level 7 Diploma in Health and Social Care Management enables learners to progress into or within employment or continue their further study towards UK Masters top up qualifications. OTHM has progression arrangement with a number of UK universities that acknowledges the ability of learners after studying Level 3-7 qualifications to be considered for advanced entry into corresponding degree year and masters top-up programmes.