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Developing cases for innovation

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This 50-hour online course is aimed at doctors, nurses or allied health professionals working within the health service at various stages in their careers. It will help you develop the case for innovation in some aspect of your service so that a decision can be made to proceed with it. This course is intended to be taken after earlier courses, however, if you have already  thought about how innovation could take place in some aspect of the service you are currently working in, this course can also be usefully studied on its own to help you take forward improvement ideas.

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What you will study

Developing cases for innovation is the second of six 50-hour online continuing professional development (CPD) courses in the series ‘Leading Health Care Innovation’. This course, like the whole series, is for clinicians who want to understand what leadership in service innovation means for them. But it is not intended only or even primarily for clinicians who wish to take on full-time medical or clinical management positions. It is for those who recognise that developing and health services and finding innovative ways to meet current and future challenges require practising clinicians to show leadership in a variety of ways, working alongside health service managers, planners or commissioners.

To obtain the maximum benefit from this course, you should previously have completed the sequence of short courses making up the series ‘Diagnosing and Improving Your Service’, within the overall BMJ-OU clinical leadership programme. Ideally, you should also have already completed the 50-hour short course Understanding service innovation (GB087), which helps to crystallise your thinking on various kinds of innovation and their relevance to your service. However, this course can very usefully be studied on its own.

This course examines the building blocks that make up an effective case for innovation, against the backdrop of the current economic climate and some of the associated drivers and barriers to innovation in the NHS. It asks you to reflect on the alliances you will need to make, with colleagues, patients and other stakeholders, if you are to secure the backing for innovative practice. The course will help you to get to grips with the evidence-based nature of business cases in the NHS and to work through the arts of persuasion and influence you will need to apply as an innovator.

You will learn

On completing this course you will be able to recognise the perspectives of the range of stakeholders who need to be involved in healthcare innovation. You will understand how to apply a range of approaches to securing engagement and participation of service users and clinical colleagues in informed innovation. You will also evaluate the effectiveness of different approaches to making cases as perceived by a range of different stakeholders. You will be able to utilise financial, performance and outcome-based data to underpin innovation business cases. This will help you construct a compelling case for innovation addressing the concerns of a range of stakeholders.

Entry

Although there are no formal academic requirements to study any of our CPD courses, you are expected to have some experience in the field and the course assumes a familiarity with the subject. However if you want to go on to complete the Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Leadership (K04) it is required that you hold an honours degree or equivalent. Please note that if you are a new student intending to study for the postgraduate certificate you will need to study a different selection of courses, see Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Leadership (K04) for details.

This course has been developed in conjunction with BMJ Learning. If you register for this course, they would like to contact you about further learning opportunities. If you do not want to receive information from BMJ, please mark the relevant opt-out box on your registration agreement.

You can register and begin this course at any time during the life of the course. You can study at your own pace and submit your work-based activity at any date before the final submission date for the course. Information about the final submission date is available when you register for the course.

This course counts towards the assessment module Leading healthcare innovation (B833), which forms part of the Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Leadership (K04). If you are working towards this postgraduate qualification you have two choices. You can either complete some or all of the requisite CPD courses prior to registering for B833 or you can register for B833 and the CPD courses at the same time, following a recommended study pattern. Please be aware that the latter option will require you to commit to approximately 12 hours of study per week so you may wish to consider this when making your choice.

If you have any doubt about the suitability of the course, please contact our Student Registration & Enquiry Service.

Outside the UK

This course has been written primarily for a UK context, but will have relevance to other contexts.

If you have a disability

The study materials are delivered online. Learners who use screen readers or who cannot use a mouse will not be able to access some materials or some activities without assistance. Written transcripts of the audio interviews are available on the website. If you are a new learner with the OU, make sure that you have our publication Meeting Your Needs.

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What's included

All learning materials, exercises, study support and work-based activity are delivered entirely online.

You will need

On completing this course you will be able to recognise the perspectives of the range of stakeholders who need to be involved in healthcare innovation. You will understand how to apply a range of approaches to securing engagement and participation of service users and clinical colleagues in informed innovation. You will also evaluate the effectiveness of different approaches to making cases as perceived by a range of different stakeholders. You will be able to utilise financial, performance and outcome-based data to underpin innovation business cases. This will help you construct a compelling case for innovation addressing the concerns of a range of stakeholders.

Computing requirements

You will need a computer with internet access to study this course as it includes online activities, which you can access using a web browser.

  • If you have purchased a new desktop or laptop computer since 2007 you should have no problems completing the online activities.
  • If you’ve got a netbook, tablet or other mobile computing device check our Technical requirements section.
  • If you use an Apple Mac you will need OS X 10.6 or later.

You can also visit the Technical requirements section for further computing information including the details of the support we provide.

Learner support

Expert, confidential learner support is available when you need it from a learning adviser, who will respond to you direct within 24 hours. Other support is available via the course forum, library, StudentHome website and computing helpdesk.

Work-based activity

The work-based activity for this course has been designed as an integrated ongoing activity that you submit at the end of your study. It will enable you to reflect on your learning and apply it to your professional work.

About this course:
Course code GB088
Credit points This is a non-credit bearing course.

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