Continuing Professional Development

Leadership in Health and Social Care

Overview

The details
Leadership in Health and Social Care
HS640
15 credits
Level 7
10 October 2019
Colchester Campus

Please note this module may have multiple start dates and may run in more than one location.  Visit our CPD page to  view our module calendar which indicates all start dates, course locations, application deadlines and more information about how the modules are assessed.

Leadership in contemporary health and social care contexts is challenging. It requires a complex set of skills from managing change and uncertainty, to supporting colleagues. This module is designed for all health or social care professionals currently in practice who are interested in learning more about leadership

 

The module creates a space for you to engage in current leadership and followership discourse, critique the inherent anomalies of current theories, models and practice whilst developing an understanding of what contributes to innovative,effective and compassionate leadership within your own field.

You will learn in a dynamic, multi-professional environment on our Colchester Campus as well as engaging independent learning activities online. Through reflection you will explore the relevance of your new knowledge to your current context ensuring that your learning is directly relevant to your professional practice.

The module fits well within our MA Professional Practice pathway or into our MSc Health Care Practice pathway.

Learning outcomes

After the module you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a systematic understanding of key concepts of leadership by critically analysing how these have been applied to review, consolidate, extend and apply their knowledge and understanding in the current context.
  • Prepare and evaluate a leadership case study within their setting, providing exploration of the rationale for the approach taken.
  • Analyse communication strategies to support the leadership and development of services.

Our expert staff

Module Leader is Penny Hodgkinson, an experienced clinician with over twenty years of experience in health and other settings including education and community contexts; Penny has experience of clinical and professional leadership, supervising and mentoring colleagues in practice. She has worked in the School for 8 years and is the Interprofessional Lead for the School.

Leaders from local health and social care organisations may contribute to teaching when appropriate.

What our participants say

"This module helped me analyse my own leadership skills and how effective or ineffective they can be."

"Linked to practice."

"It was good –we had time to debate and bring our own experience."

"It was thought stimulating."

Entry Requirements

Students should be working in a current health or social care role.

Structure

Module Outline

This module is run over three study days or workshops plus half day workshop on the assignment. In addition students participate in online reading and discussions. One to one tutorials are available from the Module Lead for assignment preparation. Topics covered include: - Current theories and practice on leadership and followership, –including current NHS and social care models of distributed, transformational, engaged, patient and servant leadership. - Leading for change in the evolving landscapes of heath and social care. - Reflective practice in leadership including self-assessment of leadership. - The role of followers in leadership–team profiling and assessment. - How leadership is enacted in their professional context–students interview a leader in their organisation.

Assessment strategy

3000 word critical reflective commentary with associated supporting material.

Fees and funding

For more information on CPD funding please visit www.essex.ac.uk/departments/health-and-social-care/cpd/funding

What's next

For more information on what next, and how to apply please visit www.essex.ac.uk/departments/health-and-social-care/cpd/how-to-apply

Get in touch

You can contact our reception on 01206 872854, who will direct your query to the appropriate module contact. You can also contact the CPD team on cpd@essex.ac.uk