19th September 2003
Managers working in the care sector can study for a work-based university degree and gain a qualification which will help them to meet national care standards.
The University of Lincoln runs a unique degree course in Hull and Lincoln aimed at professionals who manage care homes, domiciliary care services or day care facilities for both adults and children in the public, private and voluntary sectors.
The BA (Hons) in Managing Social Care is now in its second year and takes around four years to complete. There is a small amount of teaching on campus in Hull and Lincoln but most of the studying is done in the workplace and at home.
“As far as we know it’s the only degree course of its kind in the country,” said Susan Oliver, the course co-ordinator based at the Hull School of Health and Social Care.
“The students are able to look at their organisation from a care, management and business point of view, using the knowledge gained through the taught programme to improve the services they provide.”
Susan points out that a formal entry qualification is not required as experience in the workplace is just as important. “We recognise that many managers of care homes don’t have formal qualifications, but they do have an awful lot of knowledge and experience,” she said.
“Our students are often quite isolated professionally and one of the benefits of the course is the contact they get with other care managers, the networking they do and the opportunities they get to share knowledge.”
About two days’ worth of taught units each month are delivered alternately at the Hull and Lincoln campuses.
For more details call Susan Oliver on 01482 311239.
Note to editors:
The following students are happy to be interviewed as case studies in support of the course:
Tony Mould, Woodlands Care Homes, Hessle, Hull 01482 648803
Carol Murrey, Cassandra House, Cottingham, Hull 01482 876150
Lesley Swain, Queensgate, Hull 01482 211112
University of Lincoln (tel: 01522 886042) email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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