New online degree in care management will help to boost careers and quality of care

Published: 7 April 2010 at 16:16

The UK care sector welcomes new work-based tutor supported e-learning programme

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A new Foundation Degree (FdSc) in Care Management from Anglia Ruskin University’s fast-developing Higher Skills @ Work programme is poised to assist managers in the care sector to upgrade their professional skills and boost their careers.

Potential students will be drawn from a wide range of health and social care providers in the UK - including the Enable Group and the European Care Group - who provide care for the elderly and children and adults with special needs.

Around 50 managers are expected to take up the first places of the two year, online work-based Foundation Degree in Care Management this month (April). In addition to helping them to develop more effective management and leadership practices, the course will contribute to the development of their careers by increasing their critical thinking and decision-making skills. Topics covered include marketing, law and finance. With modules on clinical governance and clinical supervision the course will be of real value to both nursing and non-nursing staff.

Outlining the importance of work-based higher education level training, Anglia Ruskin University Higher Skills @ Work Skills Development Consultant Richard Field said:

"This industry-led foundation degree delivers benefits to employers, employees and service users.  It incorporates management theory and practice that is firmly linked to the employee’s day-to-day work role."

"In a period during which the care sector faces many challenges, this qualification will help to improve management effectiveness and raise professional standards."

"The tutor supported e-learning course is particularly innovative because the field of care management is an extremely complex and rapidly evolving sector with complicated regulatory and governance requirements.  It is designed to help front line managers or aspiring managers to develop the skills and knowledge needed to meet these challenges head on."

The course is one of the first fully online programmes of its type in the UK developed by Anglia Ruskin University’s Faculty of Health & Social Care in consultation with some of the UK’s leading companies and care organisations. 

Anglia Ruskin University Higher Skills @ Work programme is funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England, so participating organisations may qualify for assistance with fees. To find out more about employee training and development programmes contact 0845 271 3333 or email or visit