Module code: HCRM020

Module Overview

This module is designed for students with current leadership roles in order to facilitate their development as future strategic leaders. The module invites students to critically review their assumptions about leadership within healthcare and to reflect on their own role in strategic leadership. This will be achieved through exploring and analysing key leadership issues in health and social care practice, with the emphasis on challenging and debating contemporary theory and practice.

Module provider

School of Health Sciences

Module Leader

HUGHES Karen (Health Sci.)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 7

JACs code: N200

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Indicative content includes:

  • Theory and practice of strategic leadership

  • Leading effective teams

  • Understanding organisational culture and its impact on care delivery

  • The politics of healthcare

  • Resilience

  • Emotional intelligence

  • Strategy

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework ASSIGNMENT 100

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate



Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

  • A critical reflection on a leadership issue within the student’s own area of practice.

    The assessment will be 3,000 words in length.



    Formative assessment

    Students will present a book review of contemporary thought with application to the area of healthcare leadership. This will form the basis for their summative assessment.


    Additionally students will be supported with a peer review/ clinic style discussion in preparation for the assignment.



    Students will receive feedback in the following ways:

  • In class feedback/ discussion

  • Responses to email or online discussions

  • Formative assessment

  • Summative assessment

  • Individual tutorials as requested

Module aims

  • Facilitate students to reflect critically on current thinking in leadership within the healthcare environment

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
1 Critically analyse current leadership issues in health and social care. C
2 Critique key leadership and innovation theories, appreciate their theoretical underpinnings and evaluate their practice implications. K
3 Take a broad view of organisational and policy issues when planning and delivering services. T
4 Reflect critically on their own leadership style and impact. P

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:


Facilitate students to reflect on the current healthcare agenda, critically analysing and applying contemporary theory to the challenges facing the delivery of modern healthcare practice.


The learning and teaching methods include:


  • Lectures

  • Seminars

  • E-learning

  • Self directed learning

  • reflection

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list

Reading list for LEADERSHIP IN HEALTHCARE : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/hcrm020

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2019/0 academic year.