This module aims to enable you to develop a conceptual and comprehensive understanding of the manager's role in relation to the leading the effective management and use of information, information technology and information systems and to apply these within an organisational/strategic context.
You will need to complete an induction prior to commencement of your first module. We have a comprehensive online induction package to welcome you to both the University and your programme of study. Alternatively classroom-based induction days take place at our Lancaster and Carlisle campuses and are usually scheduled for the first week of each semester.
The running of this module is dependent on there being sufficient numbers of interest.
This module can be studied as part of the postgraduate Management and Leadership in Health and Social Care programme or Practice Development programme.
Information governance; the manager's lead role in ensuring information is secure; storage of information; data protection; record keeping; confidentiality and ethics in relation to information; Caldicott Principles; communication within organisations and services; social networking - appropriate use of; supporting staff development. Flows of information between services.
On successful completion, you will be able to:
- Critically reflect on the senior manager's role and responsibility in leading information governance within the service/organisation - with particular reference to data protection; record keeping and ensuring service user information is secure
- Perform a critical appraisal and synthesis of the use of information systems in the context of ensuring effective flows of communication between services within the organisation
- Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge and critical understanding of the use of information technology to support service planning and decision making processes
- Critically reflect on the use of information technology and information systems in order to support staff development in line with organisational goals
- Critically appraise information systems used within your own service; evaluate their effectiveness and suggest any developments which could enhance the service.
Indicative core bibliography
- Clampitt PG (2009) Communicating for Managerial Effectiveness: problems; strategies; solutions. Sage, London
- Department of Health (2010) A Question of Balance: independent assurance of information governance returns (electronic copy only) Gateway Ref: 14988, Crown. (Accessed March 2012)
- Department of Health (2007) Information Governance: Guidance on legal and professional obligations. Gateway Ref: 8523, Crown. (Accessed March 2010)
- Department of Health (2003) Confidentiality: NHS code of Practice Gateway Ref: 2003. (Accessed March 2012)
- Keyser T & Dainty C (2004) The Information Governance Toolkit: Data Protection, Caldicott, Confidentiality. Radcliffe Publishing Ltd.
- NHS Connecting for Health: The Information Governance Training Toolkit (Accessed March 2012)
- UK Council for Health Informatics Professions (Accessed March 2012)
- NHS Improvement Leaders Guides (2005-2007)
Assessment, Feedback, and Teaching and Learning methods
Full details are available in the programme specification.
The teaching timetable should be available from the end of August. Access to the timetable is through the Student Hub – you will be able to access the Student Hub after you have completed online registration. The teaching day is 9am to 6pm, Monday to Friday; please keep your other commitments open until confirmation of your teaching timetable, and bear in mind that many courses will offer placements or fieldwork which sometimes extends into the evenings and weekends.
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Evidence of prior successful study at underpinning level.
To be eligible to study this module, you must demonstrate the ability to study at this level and commit to attempting the assessment.
When taken as part of a specific named award, the module content and assessment must be focussed towards the subject of that award. Participation in the formative components of the module is required in order to pass the module.
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