The CHCR (The Centre for Health Communications Research) Postgraduate Certificate in Health Communications (PgCert-HC) was launched in 2015. It addresses a partly-unmet UK market need for a ‚gold-standard’ course. One which provides a comprehensive and high level skill-set for senior communicators in health and social care.
Initially framed for the UK National Health Service (NHS), the course was designed and developed by the senior CHCR team in collaboration with the communications development group at the NHS Trust Development Authority (now NHS Improvement). It is taught in four intensive residential weeks at the University’s Missenden Abbey conference centre. There are regular appearances by senior guest lecturers/speakers from both NHS and the commercial sector.
This programme is delivered at Missenden Abbey in partnership with the Centre for Health Communications Research (CHCR).
The aim of this bespoke course is to professionalise communications in NHS organisations. The course will help improve operational skills and strategic understanding to support NHS organisations, particularly Trust and FT Boards and CCGs, to crucially deliver Five Year Forward View objectives. Each student will benefit from a significant amount of training and support to better equip them to improve on the key areas of: patient, public, community and staff engagement; public consultation and engagement; interpersonal and management communications; the implementation of sustainability and transformation plans, stakeholder engagement and so on.
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Graduates have clearly shown there are direct benefits to participating NHS organisations by improving understanding of health communications and by providing the knowledge needed to support teams to transform care and therefore improve quality for patients.