Collaborative and Team Working


Effective collaborations and successful team working are key features of successful organisations. This course will develop your critical understanding of the features of ‘high performing teams’ and your skills working as a team leader or member.

You will explore key concepts, models and theories of team roles and dynamics and relate these to your own experience. You will evaluate frameworks for assessing and developing team performance and consider their usefulness and applicability to your own practice.

We will explore with you the answers to some key questions:

  • What is the impact of leadership on the performance and development of teams?
  • What leadership skills and strategies are effective?
  • What is 'collective leadership'?
  • What are the specific challenges of working with inter-agency and inter-professional teams?

You will evaluate ideas, relate them to your situation and develop practical strategies that you can adopt at work.

Duration, attendance and delivery

The course usually lasts approximately 10 weeks. The blended learning structure consists of online learning, workshops, tutorials, self-study, reflection, application of learning at work and the completion of assessment tasks.

In 2016/17 we are transforming our courses to enable us to offer them all by online+ so you may be able to complete your course fully online. Contact us to enquire whether this course is now available via online+.


At the end of the course you will undertake an assessment. This is a work based assessment rather than a theory based essay. Typically you will be required to apply what you have learnt to your practice, evaluating concepts for their applicability and usefulness.

The assessment format may be a written exercise, in-class presentation, project report or another appropriate method. A written piece would be around 2000 words in length.

Entry requirements

You will need to be in a work role (paid or unpaid) which allows you the scope to put the concepts learned into practice. There are no formal qualification requirements for entry; we assess suitability on each individual application.

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