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New leadership and commissioning digest launched

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New leadership and commissioning digest launched

A new digest of Masters dissertations exploring change in leadership and commissioning of health and social care has been published by the Division of Medical Education at BSMS.

The publication summarises the majority of postgraduate dissertations from the Leadership and Commissioning Programme. It is the first such digest of studies published by the division.

"Today the NHS is busier, more complex and faces an even greater pressure on resources than ever before – which means there is an increasing need for the kinds of research and critical analysis that we are doing in the Masters programme. Our research can make a tangible difference, helping to shape healthcare policy and ultimately improving care to patients," said Professor Gordon Ferns, Head of the Division of Medical Education.

"While each dissertation is the result of a unique experience of academic study, the digest shows the overall wealth, breadth and depth of studies undertaken by our postgraduate students in the complex fields of leadership and commissioning."

Co-authored by dissertation supervisors Breda Flaherty and Caroline Hopper, the studies are diverse but what links them all is the postgraduates' commitment to contribute to continuous improvement within health and social care from their positions as clinicians and/or managers.

The studies – the culmination of Masters students' work as awarded by the University of Brighton – include a range of topics such as medical engagement; quality initiatives in a sexual health clinic; reduction of preventable hospital admissions of older people; procurement of children's residential and foster placements; surgical leadership in operating theatres; implementing policy and good practice in learning disability services.

Download a PDF of the digest >