Health Care Leadership

LEVEL: MASTERS Healthcare leadership and management Summative: A 2500 word research proposal: Learning outcomes 1-4 QUESTION: Produce a 2,500 word research proposal based on an empirical study (i.e. will involve some element related to primary data collections). This will identify, with justification, a specific research question or hypothesis and describe the appropriate methodology and study design. A suggested outline is given below. Suggested outline for an empirical study (approximate distribution of words in brackets) 1. Title and name of investigator 2. Context and background to the study to establish relevance and importance. You should explain the broad background against which you will conduct your research. Here you should identify key historical factors, including relevant ideological/political influences, policy and legislation. You should include a brief overview of the general area of study within which your proposed research falls, summarising the current state of knowledge and recent debates on the topic. This will allow you to demonstrate a familiarity with the relevant field as well as the ability to communicate clearly and concisely (500 words) 3. Literature review – here you should focus on 3 key relevant studies/pieces of literature related to your chosen research topic (350 words for each). These should be drawn from academic journals and/or published research. You should offer a critical appraisal of each piece using the following schema: • A brief description of the research problem/question/s being addressed. • A discussion of implicit or explicit theoretical or ideological influences. • An appraisal of the research design – methodology for data collection and associated problems, weaknesses, limitations, biases, ethics etc. • A description of the key findings/conclusions and problems in interpretation and limitations (i.e. what questions it answers, what it does not answer and what new questions arise from the piece?) • The relevance of the study to your chosen topic. 4. Research question(s), aims/s and objectives. (200 words) The proposal should set out the central aims and questions that will guide your research. Before writing your proposal, you should take time to reflect on the key questions that you are seeking to answer. Many research proposals are too broad, so reflecting on your key research questions is a good way to make sure that your project is sufficiently narrow and feasible 5. Research methodology and methods (600 words) The proposal should outline your research methods, explaining how you are going to conduct your research. Your methods may include visiting particular libraries or archives, field work or interviews. Most research begins with a literature search and in this regard you should briefly explain your search strategy. Regarding the field work or empirical data collection, you should provide details about this (e.g. if you plan interviews, who will you interview? How many interviews will you conduct? Will there be problems of access?) How you intend to analyse your research findings? How you intend to disseminate your findings? 6. Ethical considerations (200) – Here you should briefly highlight key ethical concerns in your proposed study and how you intend to address those concerns. Given the importance on user/patient involvement, you should also identify how they will be involved in the study, or justification for their exclusion. Time-scale of research Learning Outcomes At the end of this module, it is intended that you should be able to demonstrate: 1. A critical understanding of different approaches and methods of social research in relation to underpinning epistemological foundations, design and practical application. 2. Awareness of a range ethical considerations and requirements in relation to conducting research. 3. Skills in searching and critiquing research literature. 4. A critical awareness of research-based approaches to their respective professional discipline and their limitations PAPER Health and Safety Legislation in the UK care Facilities Context and Background to the Study Patients and healthcare providers always depend on the health and social facilities provided within and outside their environs. However, the need to ensure the safety of these establishments cannot be gainsaid as far as patients’ and employees’ health is concerned. In a bid to tackle the foreseen challenges, the UK government set laws that guide on the safety procedures that should be embraced at these health and social facilities (Health a