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City and Guilds Level 5 AMSPAR Diploma in Primary Care and Healthcare Management

This course is designed specifically for existing and aspiring managers working, or who wish to work in a primary care or in a health care environment.

The Primary Care Manager, or Practice Manager, plays a vital role in the medical environment, ensuring the smooth and efficient running of GP practices and Primary Care Trusts.  With the arrival of the new General Medical Services (nGMS) contract and the increasing emphasis on Primary Care this has never been more so.  The position carries the day to day responsibility of:

  • Financial management
  • Human resources management
  •  Health and safety
  •  Patient services
  • Quality assurance

The AMSPAR Diploma in Primary Care and Healthcare Management is the designed specifically for managers in general practice and is included in the National Qualifications Framework.  Whilst the qualification is purpose built for Primary Care the contents cover key management skills that can be transferred to a variety of environments.  The Diploma in Primary Care and Healthcare Management provides the learner with a vital stepping stone on their way to senior management.

The qualification is open to existing managers and potential managers in a health or social care environment.  Candidates must be educated to Level 3 standard and should have a background that will enable them to benefit from the qualification.  Candidates who are unable to fulfil the entry requirements, but who have suitable management experience in any field, may be accepted onto the course providing they can find an informal attachment to a local General Practice.

About the course:

The Certificate is awarded on achievement of 39 Learning credits which will be gained by completing the following units:

  • Managing medical ethics and legal requirements.
  •  Financial management and budgeting in a primary care health environment.
  • Managing information and communication in a primary care health environment.
  • Leading teams.

Optional units include:

  • Developing the manager as a critical thinker
  • Becoming an effective leader
  • Managing for efficiency and effectiveness
  • Managing recruitment.

The course is offered as a 60 week programme and ongoing support is offered throughout the course with 3 access points throughout the year. Having completed the 6 units you will progress to the Business Improvement Project for up to a maximum of 20 weeks.

This is, in the main part, a distance learning course with assignment based assessments. However you will be required to attend a final business project presentation which may require you to attend Birmingham, though we do always endeavour to try and arrange one close to your location.

Payment Options:

The cost of this course is £2200.00, which can subject to terms and conditions be paid by instalments. This option incurs an additional administration fee of £20.00. It must be paid by standing order over six consecutive months to the value of £370.00. You can start the course and the first unit will be released on enrolment and receipt of the first payment. If you wish to pay by instalment, bank transfer or cheque all details will be provided during enrolment. Pleae be aware the fee is not inclusive of VAT.

If your fee is being paid by a Trust, Practice CCG or similar, a purchase order guaranteeing payment, must be sent at the time of enrolment ot the course will be released when payment has been received. An invoice may be requested in advance.

If you wish to enquire about this course or enrol please contact our training office on 0844 335 0636.




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