Sustainability, Stewardship and Finance

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Health and Social Care (School of)
Colchester Campus
Autumn Special
Postgraduate: Level 7
Thursday 05 October 2023
Friday 15 December 2023
07 November 2023


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Module description

This module will equip the learners with the knowledge and skills to embrace the interprofessional approach to the management of health & care workforce and financial resources.

The learner will make distinctions between health system and healthcare systems, understand disparities, and consider alternative models for local delivery of services. Alongside assessing the impact on health, they will appreciate the value of managing resources in a sustainable way for the future.

Module aims

The aims of this module are;

  • To allow leaders to adopt an interprofessional approach to the management of health & care resources through improvement of operations and collaboration that will cultivate the mindset within their system to create lasting change

  • To enable the leader to create a culture of Stewardship; taking collective responsibility for how the common resource are prioritised

  • To enable leaders to manage operations in a sustainable way that helps deliver the triple aim identified in the DHSC White Paper 2021 (better health & wellbeing for everyone, better quality of health & care services for all individuals & sustainable use of health & social care resources). This sustainable development will ensure they meet the needs of present generations without jeopardising those of future generations

  • To equip leaders with the skills to differentiate between healthcare populations & demand through intelligent population healthcare management. To identify inequalities & the wider determinants of health through effective analysis of local, national & international data. To promote health promotion & the effective use of resources, to minimise the populations need for health & care services

Module learning outcomes

By the end of this module, students will be expected to be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a systematic understanding of how the national health & care directive can be interpreted at a local level to reconfigure pathways & services into sustainable services

  2. Develop a systematic understanding and a critical awareness of differences between health systems and healthcare systems

  3. Demonstrate a conceptual understanding of the connections between business and social responsibility

  4. Determine a critical awareness of the effect that operations can have on the sustainability of an organization

  5. Develop the critical tools and moral imagination required to analyse and manage current and future social, ethical and environmental challenges

  6. To identify a comprehensive understanding of techniques to navigate health and care financial and governance structures

Module information

Indicative syllabus

Health system ‘v’ healthcare systems

Sustainable health systems: workforce planning

Interdependent socio-ecological drivers. Defining the complex relationships

Financial health: stewardship

Critical tools to analyse health

Developing a team mindset & systems-based approach to the design of health systems

Navigating the challenges of the present health system

Learning and teaching methods

The module will recognise the learners diverse needs through its adoption of the universal design learning approach in its learning and teaching design. There will be no online sessions.

There will be reading, writing, group work, presentations, quizzes and other interactive learning activities that will encourage engagement and inclusion in the learning environment. This will ensure the learners have equal opportunity to succeed, regardless of their learning styles or background. The inclusivity of all learners will enrich every learner’s experience

Formative:  Development of portfolio of evidence against the Learning Outcomes (one piece for each LO)

Summative: individual viva (professional discussion supported by the portfolio of evidence)


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography for this year.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

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Module supervisor and teaching staff
Mrs Tracey Williams-Macklin, email: tswill@essex.ac.uk.



External examiner

Dr Kate Parkinson
University of Huddersfield
Subject Leader, Health and Social Care
Available via Moodle
Of 43 hours, 36 (83.7%) hours available to students:
5 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
2 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s), module, or event type.


Further information

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