Published: 24/02/2005, Volume II5, No. 5944 Page 36

Are you interested in clinical management and ambitious enough to commit yourself to rigorous study? HSJ has teamed up with Durham University's School for Health to offer a scholarship for a postgraduate diploma in clinical management implementation.

The postgraduate course consists of four modules over two years - each of which would normally cost£1,395.

However, the successful scholarship applicant would have their costs covered.

It aims to focus on the professional, ethical and management implications of healthcare reform.

This means it is open to clinical directors, nurse managers and general managers who are involved in delivering or assessing healthcare.

The university is also creating a master's degree in clinical management (open only to postgraduate students who have passed with distinction) and a postgraduate certificate in principles of clinical management.

The school believes the scholarship course is best designed for clinical directors, heads of clinical units, or clinical governance and service improvement managers, but it is open to all clinicians who are, or want to be, in management.

Applicants will need to have an undergraduate degree and a minimum of three years' practical, clinical or managerial experience in the health sector.

Completion of the diploma will comprise four semesters and require a maximum of two years' part-time attendance.

It will begin in July 2005 and will be taught by a combination of face-to-face and distance learning, with a mix of lectures, tutorials, independent study and other methods.

The course is based on four modules: principles of clinical governance and performance management;

economics and accounting; organising clinical work; and evidence-based clinical management.

Each module will be delivered as a four-day residential workshop at the start of the semester, with a two-day workshop later on and external/online selfteaching during the remainder of the time.

The programmes have been endorsed by NHS Confederation policy director Nigel Edwards, Royal College of Physicians president Professor Carol Black, Royal College of Nursing general secretary Beverly Malone and Leeds Teaching Hospitals trust medical director Dr Hugo MascieTaylor.

Programme director Professor Pieter Degeling says: 'The programme is based on the argument that effective clinical management is at the heart of healthcare reform.

'It is about balancing clinical issues with resource issues, clinical autonomy with accountability, personal expert judgment with systemisation, and individuality with power sharing.

'A lot of courses are based on general management theory with a portion of health added - that is why this course is unique. It squarely takes on the elephant in the room - that the management of clinical work is central to reform.'

For more information on applying for the HSJ scholarship for the postgraduate diploma in clinical management Implementation, call (0191) 334 0386 or e-mail ccmdpostgraduate@durham. ac. uk.

Applicants will be assessed through written work and a face to face interview.

The deadline for expressions of interest is 28 March.

Course for celebration

On completion of the diploma students will be able to:

Understand the range of factors that are driving health reform across industrial societies.

Identify common features of reform programmes in different societies.

Analyse how these are impacting on both the composition of clinical work and its management.

Apply the principles of work systematisation and process control to the detailed composition and management of clinical work.

Analyse the cultural change and power-sharing considerations of efforts to implement systematic approaches to clinical work management.

Design, implement and manage systematised and multi-disciplinary approaches to the clinical work of their service settings to the benefit of service quality, appropriateness, safety and efficiency.