The Postgraduate Certificate in Collaborative Transformation

Fotolia 5090077 MShared Service Architecture and Canterbury Christ Church University launched the UK’s first Postgraduate Certificate in Shared Services (PCSS) in 2010.

In 2015 the six month, part-time learning, certificate was refreshed and renamed the Postgraduate Certificate in Collaborative Transformation to reflect the changes in the UK public sector collaboration landscape. The programme was also adopted by CIPFA as its key collaborative transformation offer.

For example it will now examine combined authority and city region deals, blue light transformations and health and social care work, in addition to public sector shared services.

Registration for the October 2017 Cohort is now open.

Over 2,000 senior managers from local government, housing, LEPs, fire, police, HE, FE and the third sector have attended one or more of the foundation module seminars. This is the first step in the PCCT learning pathway.

Subsequently, almost 400 went on to gain Shared Service Practitioner recognition. The final step in the pathway has led to eleven cohorts of those senior managers stepping onto the postgraduate certificate and gaining the qualification, plus Shared Service Architect recognition.

The six months PGCERT and subsequent Shared Service Architect recognition can be a key to promotion, or retention of a current post, or success in finding a new job.

Click here to see Brandon Lewis, Minister at the Department for Communities and Local Government, present the postgraduate certificates to a cohort of public sector leaders and managers in 2013.

Click here to see Baroness Hanham, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Communities and Local Government, present the postgraduate certificates to the second cohort of public sector leaders and managers.

Click here to see what the students are saying about their postgrad certificate experience?

Where are the taught sessions held?

There is a choice of pathways to the Postgraduate Certificate in Collaborative Transformation. If you have already attended the Highway Code of Collaborative Working, and two other qualifying SSA taught sessions, then you can move straight to the assignment for Module 1 of the Certificate.

The qualifying taught sessions are Collaborative Communications, Collaborative Leadership Within Your Organisation, Collaborative Leadership Between Organisations, Collaborative Leadership Across Communities, Building Trust & Shared Vision In Collaborative Working and the Drafting Collaborative Working Business Cases.

You would then go on to attend the final three taught sessions and complete assignments for Modules 2 and 3, explained in more detail below. 

If you have not attended the Highway Code or other qualifying sessions, then you can join the full formal taught programme in London in February. There are six, one-day, taught sessions held in London for individuals or small groups who want to join the postgraduate certificate. The dates of the six taught sessions are between February and July each year and can be found at the PGCert In Collaborative Transformation website .

POP-UP Campuses: Where there are 10 or more students in a particular location, who want to undertake the postgraduate certificate, the University will deliver the six, one-day taught sessions over the six months, in the locality of the students.  For example there are currently POP-UP campuses in Belfast, Cardiff and Kent because of the demand in those areas.

Please ask if you would like to explore a POP-UP campus for your area. The POP-UP campus cohorts can start at almost any time during the year, subject to the agreed availability of students and CCCU tutors.

What skills will you learn?

Module 1: The Essentials of Collaborative Transformation

The first module consists of three taught units that provide a sound and systematic understanding of collaborative transformations and shared services in the context of Local Goverment, Blue Light services, Health, Social Care, CCGs, HE, FE and the Voluntary Sector.

You will be provided with over 100 tools, templates and techniques to equip you to be successful in combined authority and city region deals, blue light transformations and health and social care work, in addition to public sector shared services.

Module 2: Change Management and Collaborative Transformation

In the second module, students develop a more conceptual understanding enabling them to identify and critically evaluate current research and practice in the field of change management and its impact on collaborative transformations and shared services.

Module 3: Developing a Collaborative Transformation Roadmap

Through this module students will apply their deeper understanding of collaboration/shared service initiatives to their own organisation and construct a detailed plan or ‘road map’ to take their organisation forward along the collaboration journey.

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