Module code: HCRM039

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

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

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 114

Lecture Hours: 36

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 A critical reflection on a leadership issue within the student’s own area of practice (3,000 words in length). 100

Alternative Assessment

Not required

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 plan within 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

Please note that any evidence of unsafe practice or breach of confidentiality will result in an automatic refer for the module.

Module aims

  • Facilitate students to reflect critically on current thinking in leadership within the healthcare environment.
  • Explore their role in leading practice for the future

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Critically analyse current leadership issues within health and social care practice. C
002 Critique key leadership theories, appreciating their theoretical underpinnings and evaluating their practice implications. K
003 Take a broad view of the political, organisational and policy issues impacting the delivery of services. T
004 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

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
• Discussions
• 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
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Other information


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 2020/1 academic year.