Evaluation study of the IHM project on the evaluation of the accreditation of health and social care managers: a pilot.
- Publisher: Middlesex University
This evaluation report was commissioned by the Institute of Healthcare Management (IHM) in March 2009 and is based on the accredited manager pilot project that started in May 2009. The IHM pilot project was funded by the Department of Health (Estates). The pilot project aimed to offer managers for the health and social care sectors the opportunity to gain accredited manager status based upon their previous performance and achievements towards nine core manager behaviours1. The pilot project was intended to develop and\ud implement materials that would support the managers in completion of a portfolio of achievement to demonstrate competence in the behaviours (Sugden, 2009).\ud The evaluation study of the pilot project has aimed to include the experiences of the main stakeholders, namely; the candidates (Healthcare and Social), the pilot project team, a representative from the Department of Health (Estates), representing the commissioning body for the project, and the assessors of the candidate portfolios and viva voce examinations. The candidates were drawn mainly from the field of estates and facilities managers within the healthcare sector, with two participants for the social care sector.\ud The project was prompted by the recognition that many managers in the health and social care sector may encounter difficulties in finding the time to attend conventionally delivered training and development programmes. There was also recognition of the need for experienced managers to be able to demonstrate their competence towards good practice\ud behaviours rather than have to undertake taught delivery.
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