UCL Medical School


Leadership Skills for the Healthcare Professional (PGMEG012)


Leadership is an imperative component of contemporary healthcare. In a changing societal and healthcare landscape, delivering progressive healthcare is a challenging process. This module has been developed to allow professionals who take responsibility for the resourceful and safe organisation of healthcare practice to develop their skills and understanding of workplace based leadership and its application. This module will suit participants from all medical specialties as well as from professional backgrounds allied to medicine, such as nursing, midwifery and para-medicine.

Intended learning outcomes

Participants will develop skills that enable them to:

  • Describe the scope, role and academic responsibilities of leadership in contemporary healthcare
  • Establish and maintain effective teamwork and communication.
  • Manage team members’ progression, including the struggling team member.
  • Guide the personal and professional development of team members.
  • Enhance leadership effectiveness through the use of assessment, including workplace-based assessment, supervision and feedback.
  • Determine appropriate levels of leadership autonomy to ensure safe and effective patient care whilst allowing team members to develop and extend their expertise.
  • Facilitate leadership development through developmental conversations to identify and address learning needs, improve their reflective practice and safely develop their clinical leadership.
  • Understand why transformation efforts fail.
  • Understand power in organisations

Course contents

This module will provide a range of activities and resources that will help participants to develop an understanding of leadership in contemporary healthcare and improve their skills and competencies as leaders in a multidisciplinary environment.

Method of delivery

This module is a blended learning module and will be delivered through a virtual learning environment (Moodle) with an additional four face to face teaching days. This approach combines educational methods that encourage self-directed learning, reflection on personal experience, critical thinking and access to extensive online resources. This will enable students to engage in collaborative learning and to be in regular contact with module tutors for a high level of academic support.

During this module participants will work through course materials and readings and undertake directed learning activities online. This will build the foundations for their assessed teaching session and reflective assignment.
Four full teaching day (28 hours) comprising interactive lectures and small group work will take place. This teaching session will be observed and assessed by module tutors.

Participants will also carry out leadership of agreed projects in their own clinical workplace. This will be discussed with the tutor through email exchanges and direct supervision and with peers during tutorial classes.

Teaching dates

Teaching BlockStart End Face to Face sessions (compulsory)Assignment due dateClosing date for applications
Block 4Monday 14 May 2018Friday 6 July 2018

Monday 21 May

Tuesday 22 May

Wednesday 23 May

Thursday 24 May

Thursday 5 July 201819 March 2018

If you have any queries please contact uclms.postgraduate@ucl.ac.uk.

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