‘Joined-up’ 999 think­ing to fore

Ormskirk Advertiser - - Student Life -

IN re­sponse to dra­matic changes in the po­lice, fire and am­bu­lance ser­vices, Edge Hill Univer­sity is launch­ing a new Pro­fes­sional Doc­tor­ate.

Fol­low­ing the in­tro­duc­tion of the Po­lice and Crime Bill in Fe­bru­ary this year forc­ing the blue light ser­vices to col­lab­o­rate, Edge Hill has launched the UK’s first Pro­fes­sional Doc­tor­ate in Emer­gency Ser­vices Man­age­ment.

Open to se­nior staff al­ready work­ing in the sec­tor, the re­search-based doc­tor­ate will al­low them to ex­plore the is­sues and chal­lenges re­lated to the three ser­vices work­ing to­gether.

The part-time course will fo­cus on the pro­fes­sion­al­ism of the emer­gency ser­vices, teach­ing lead­er­ship, man­age­ment and busi­ness skills by bring­ing to­gether aca­demics, pol­i­cy­mak­ers and fel­low prac­ti­tion­ers.

Cre­ated with the back­ing of se­nior man­agers from the po­lice, fire and am­bu­lance ser­vices, the Doc­tor­ate in­cludes a re­search the­sis al­low­ing the stu­dent to study a par­tic­u­lar is­sue or chal­lenge they face at work and hope­fully find so­lu­tions.

Course leader Paresh Wankhade, pro­fes­sor of Lead­er­ship and Man­age­ment at Edge Hill, said: “This new and in­no­va­tive pro­gramme of re­search will help can­di­dates to de­velop pro­fes­sional man­age­ment prac­tice while gain­ing an ap­pre­ci­a­tion and un­der­stand­ing of the re­la­tion­ship be­tween man­age­ment re­search and the pro­fes­sional prac­tice of man­age­ment.”

The pro­gramme will be of­fi­cially launched with an event on Thurs­day, July 13 with key note speak­ers set to in­clude Roy Wil­shire, chair of the National Fire Chiefs Coun­cil, Dr Anthony Marsh, chair of the As­so­ci­a­tion of Am­bu­lance chief ex­ec­u­tives, and Steve McGurk, trustee of the Fire Ser­vice Re­search & Train­ing Trust.

Pro­fes­sor He­len Woodruffe–Burton, the di­rec­tor of Edge Hill Busi­ness School, added: “We are de­lighted to launch this very unique pro­gramme which ad­dresses the re­search needs of the emer­gency ser­vices.

“The con­text in which these or­gan­i­sa­tions cur­rently op­er­ate is be­com­ing in­creas­ingly com­plex and the pres­sures of fund­ing, train­ing and cul­tural trans­for­ma­tions are be­ing felt glob­ally.

“We are con­fi­dent that the re­search gen­er­ated from this pro­gramme will help to solve real-life prob­lems in these or­gan­i­sa­tions.”

For more in­for­ma­tion on the pro­gramme please visit www.bit.ly/ProfDoc

A new Doc­tor­ate at Edge Hill will ex­plore the chal­lenges posed by the emer­gency ser­vices work­ing closer to­gether

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