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Designing and Evaluating Workplace Strategies for Health and Wellbeing - Single Module

Level 7 (30 Credits)

School - School of Health and Society

Subject area - Sport, Exercise and Physiotherapy

Start Date(s): September


Four months


Part-time - £1,260 per 30 credit module

In Brief:

  • You will explore physical and psychological health and wellbeing strategies in the workplace, considering different perspective
  • You will examine the principles and processes involved for service evaluation and redesig
  • You will be prepared to apply a rigorous approach to research and complete a research project
  • NHS funding available
  • Work/industrial placement opportunity
  • International students can apply

Course Summary

This module focuses on the workplace including strategies to facilitate employee health and wellbeing and organisational issues, such as policy, procedure and their implementation. You will identify and evaluate interventions and approaches used, raise appropriate research questions and make recommendations for further study and service improvement.

This module will cover research methods to enable you to select and apply the most appropriate investigations and designs to address your identified questions.

You will develop your critical appraisal skills and be able to critically debate and justify appropriate workplace strategies to improve or maintain physical and psychological health and wellbeing.

You will be able to critically evaluate and redesign a service or programme with attention to effective resource management and meaningful outcomes.

Entry Requirements

Applicants are required to have:

  • an honours degree – normally a 2.2 or above,  in a relevant subjec
  • an equivalent academic or professional qualification from the UK or elsewhere

Accreditation for Prior Experiential Learning (APEL)

We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.

The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course.

Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

English Language Requirements

Unfortunately we cannot accept international applications for this module.

Suitable For

If you work with (or want to work with) individuals who are struggling to stay in, return to, or enter the world of work due to ill health, injury or ongoing physical, mental or social obstacles, then this course is for you. This may include (but is not limited to) physiotherapists; occupational therapists; nurses; sports rehabilitators; exercise professionals; psychologists; counsellors; social workers; case managers; employment advisors; human resource professionals etc.

Applicant profile

Applicants should be enthusiastic individuals seeking to develop their critical thinking skills and keen to challenge and improve practice. They may currently work in teams or independently, having different roles within occupational and vocational rehabilitation. But no matter how large or small they see their role, they must want to improve their ability to learn and collaborate effectively in practice; to provide co-ordinated and integrated services that meet the occupational and vocational needs of those they are working with.

We are looking for individuals who are keen to use research evidence to develop their knowledge and their functional and intellectual capacity in this complex and specialist area.

Fees 2018-19

Type of StudyFee
Part-time£1,260 per 30 credit module


The course is delivered through:

  • Face-to-face taught sessions on-campus
  • Online learning through our virtual learning environment

You will explore the course material via lectures, engagement in tutor and peer-led group work, and study in our virtual classroom. You will also receive support in setting up and familiarising yourself with relevant IT and media resources.  

You will also have the chance to participate in academic tutorials via email, telephone or Skype. And you will have full access to our online library resources and other student support services.

You will also be assigned a personal tutor who will act as a mentor and guide for the duration of your journey through the programme.


Literature review (50%)
Extended Protocol (50%) for a project based on the literature review

Postgraduate Staff Profile

Anita Watson (Module Leader)
Anita is a Lecturer in Physiotherapy at the University of Salford. She currently delivers Health Promotion and Research Methods themes within the Undergraduate Physiotherapy Programme.

She is also the Physiotherapy Placement Coordinator and has extensive networks with both NHS and non-NHS placement opportunities.

Anita has previously Chaired the University College Research Ethics Panel and brings her practical experience of research design and ethical dilemmas to the DEWS module.


Career Prospects

The occupational and vocational rehabilitation practice industries are constantly evolving and placing ever greater importance on evidence based, cost effective and efficient service provision by those who are adept at solving complex problems and thinking critically and creatively to achieve best results. This course will enhance your cognitive abilities and effectiveness in inter-professional collaboration and these skills and attributes make you very attractive to an employer. 

Hence this course will suit you if you want to either progress in an industry area that you already have experience in, re-skill for a different career path or continue the studies you took as an undergraduate.

Links with Industry

Guest speakers provide a valuable contribution to the course, and bring a real world perspective to the academic delivery of the modules. These sessions allow you to mix with professionals from industry, to make connections, set up placements and conduct research.

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