In this section, more details about:
- The course
- The 2020 schedule (Cohorts 8 & 9)
- Who should apply
- The applications process
- How to get help.
And for more background, you can: :
- Download the latest course flyer here.
- Click through to the main CHCR website professional pages
- Contact CHCR course manager, Liz Clark (firstname.lastname@example.org) to arrange an informal chat..
- 2019 Cohorts (6 & 7) are running currently. They began, respectively, in March and April 2019.
- Cohorts 8-9: applications for these 2020 cohorts opened August 2019
- Updates: to ensure that you receive updates as they are issued please set your email safe domains to include @chcr.org.uk AND @elearning.chcr.org.uk In some organisations, where there are special Administrator provisions, you may need to request this from your IT function.
1. THE COURSE
Commissioned by 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: partly at the University’s Missenden Abbey conference centre; and partly at the Huddersfield Business School. This is intended to equalise travel commitments. There are regular appearances by senior guest lecturers/speakers from both the NHS and the wider public and commercial sectors.
The course inverts the conventional process which begins with external communications (e.g. media). It recognises, instead, that at the highest levels in health and social care, effective communications is always founded at the interpersonal level. The PgCert-HC comprises four modules: interpersonal, engagement, leadership and external communications (graphic below).
The four modules (each 15 credits) add up to 60 credits to achieve Level 7 postgraduate certificate status and the post-nomial letters (PgCert-HC). In addition, you can carry forward these credits to achieve the CIPR Diploma (CHCR is an Accredited CIPR Teaching Centre) or as the foundation for a full Master's Degree. CHCR has established pathways to e.g. the MSc in Strategic Communications at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh.
2. The 2020 Schedule
3. Who Should Apply?
The NHS PgCert-HC is designed as a strongly practical course, underpinned by academic rigour and accreditation. Its formal validated University profile for qualifying candidates is:
- (NHS) Grade 7 or above
- 2:1 or higher University degree
- Studied a relevant first degree subject. (e.g. communications, PR, marketing, journalism, psychology etc.).
BUT: we recognise absolutely that some strong candidates may possess an alternative profile. For example: (i) a foundation of equivalent practical experience; and/or (ii) a range of alternative executive and professional qualifications. So: we consider each submission flexibly in this light and 'alternative' candidates have secured places on previous cohorts. So don't be deterred if you don't - in one way or another - meet the profile.
Additionally please remember that achieving the academic threshold is necessary but not sufficient. You will need also to complete satisfactorily the bursary application , funding AND final interview with the NHS Programme Head, Alison Brown.
** EQUALITY, DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION **
The principles of equality, diversity and inclusion sit at the heart of everything we do. The NHS Communications Development Programme is committed to developing leaders that are representative of our workforce and the communities we serve. ‘We know that diversity and inclusion lead to improved health and greater staff and patient experiences of the NHS; and we welcome the challenge of enabling staff from all backgrounds to develop and excel in their roles’ (NHS Leadership Academy)
We encourage applications from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communications professionals.
We encourage applications from communications professionals with disabilities.
4. The Applications Process
Here's how it works:
- Stage 1 covers Confirmation of Registration and your Profile. This commits you to absolutely nothing. You can, for example, opt to log to a Future Courses folder which will provide details of Cohort 10 and later.
- Stage 2 addresses your organisation's support for your application AND academic pre-qualification. Pass that and you move to...
- Stage 3 - a special application for an NHSI/NHSE bursary. And finally to...
- An interview with NHS Programme Head, Alison Brown.
Ready to apply? Go to the login and register. Then, please (i) scroll down to Courses and Activities Available below; (ii) locate 'Pre-Qualification & Matched Funding'; and (iii) click and enter.. Once you're in please read, and follow carefully, the instructions. You'll also find more info about how to proceed to the later stages
Thinking about applying in future? Complete your registration and profile. Then (i) scroll down to Courses and Activities Available below; (ii) locate '900 Future NHS Courses (Info)'; and (iii) click and enter..There you'll find more info about the course, application process etc. We will update you regularly.. For guidance NHS PgCert-HC Cohorts 010 and 011 are scheduled provisionally for 2021 (recruitment commencing late summer/autumn 2020).
5. How To Get Help
If you need help at any stage, don't hesitate to ask:
- For an informal chat (or to book a discussion with CHCR's Director or Deputy Director), please contact CHCR's course manager (email@example.com)
- If you're having IT hassle, please email our IT manager, Chris Finney (firstname.lastname@example.org)