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Co-producing and co-designing health & social care interventions (attendance only) - Level 7 - 0KMES001

Key information

Subject area:

Nursing, Midwifery & Palliative Care

Course type:

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

Credit level:



Available course dates:

From: 01 January 2025 To: 31 March 2025

Course overview

Participatory methods, such as co-production and co-design, are increasingly utilised in health and social care to (re-)design better and fairer services. They provide a range of processes and tools through which healthcare staff, patients, service users, carers, and citizens can work together in new and creative ways to ensure a diverse range of expertise and experience can be used to improve services.

Through a combination of lectures, seminars, and self-directed study, the module will provide students with expertise and mentoring in selecting and applying participatory methods, tools, and processes that have been tested in the health and social care contexts. The knowledge students gain will support them to confidently and competently work with participatory methods to facilitate multi-stakeholder groups (including patients and healthcare professionals) to work together effectively and fairly to develop interventions that meet the needs and preferences of both those who rely on and those who deliver these interventions.

The module will draw on our extensive experience of studying and practising co-production and co-design in the health and social care contexts. This will be illustrated by several recent and ongoing case studies led by our staff.

What does this course cover?

Students will develop an advanced understanding of the theory and practice of participatory methods used in healthcare. They will learn about the origins of and rationales for participatory methods and how to match the most appropriate method to any healthcare context. They will also learn how to co-produce and/or co-design health and social care interventions with staff, patients, and citizens in ways which lead to better staff and service user experiences, more effective and safer services, and inclusive and equitable processes and outcomes.

This short course is an attendance-only version of our credit-bearing 7KMES001 Co-Producing and Co-Designing Health & Social Care Interventions module. Please apply for this short course if you are interested do not wish to undertake the module assessment task. If you attend at least 100% of timetabled teaching, you will receive a certificate confirming your attendance.

What will I achieve?

By the end of the course you will be able to:

  1. demonstrate a critical understanding of the rationales for participatory methods in the context of health and social care
  2. apply a systematic understanding of the principles of co-production and co-design in the context of health and social care
  3. apply advanced design methods, tools, and processes when co-producing and co-designing health and social care interventions
  4. critically appraise practical challenges and requirements when co-producing and co-designing health and social care interventions, and develop complex solutions
  5. critically evaluate the benefits and impacts of different participatory methods in health and social care contexts
  6. prepare a comprehensive and convincing funding application for a proposal that incorporate the use of participatory methods

Who will I learn with?

Oli Williams

Oli Williams

Lecturer in Co-designing Healthcare Interventions

Who is this for?

Those interested in co-production and co-design who wish to study at postgraduate level, and those planning a career in research or policy who want to learn how to develop successful healthcare interventions. This course will prepare you for designing and conducting projects with appropriate participatory methods and structuring/writing a funding application for participatory projects (for example, for NIHR calls).

How will I be assessed?

Attending 100% of timetabled teaching sessions.

Although you are not required to complete the assessment, you will have the option to complete this task in your own time if you think it will benefit your future plans. The non-compulsory coursework is a 1,500-2,000 project proposal with two components (1) problem statement – drawing on relevant literature, outlining a health and social care issue that requires intervention/further research (2) development of an appropriate project design to address this problem statement – selection of a participatory method that is fit for purpose (this may include modifying a chosen method).

What is the teaching schedule?

TBA (January - March 2025)

Course status:

Opening soon

Full fee £1600

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