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Adopting innovation and managing change in healthcare settings

More than 200 people have taken part in this Masters-level programme of practical skills for staff delivering care, NHS managers, partners and commissioners since its launch in 2016. The 11th cohort starts in September 2021 and is open for applications now. The programme is funded by Health Education England and is now delivered entirely online.

Advancing technologies, increasing demand and more recently the dramatic impact of Covid-19 mean that all NHS staff are having to adapt their practice and develop their services to maintain and improve patient outcomes within constrained resources. Everyone working within the NHS has experienced recent and rapid change in service delivery. Many have really good ideas or have read or heard about good ideas being used elsewhere which have the potential to transform services – however, there are often considerable challenges to local implementation.

The Oxford AHSN is working with Bucks New University to deliver a course that provides students with a set of tools, skills, knowledge and understanding designed to clarify the route through to successful implementation of innovation and change, building students’ confidence and organisational effectiveness. There are two modules, each accredited with 30 level 7 (Masters level) credits. Students who complete both modules are awarded a Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Practice which can be used towards a Masters level qualification.

The commitment is approximately 12 days spread over nine months.

For further information about the programme and details on how to apply please email