The Role of Doctors in Health Service Improvement

Overview

The course considers the changing role of doctors in relation to leadership and health service improvement. This provides the context for considering the current emphasis on the need for improvement. Topics covered are:

  • The NHS: historical development, modernisation, change and improvement
  • Critical consideration of key concepts in healthcare: The patient journey; Patient-centred health care; Evidence based improvements; Inter-professional working
  • Leading and influencing health service improvement
  • Key organisational and individual challenges for achieving health services improvement.

Duration, attendance and delivery

The course usually lasts approximately 10 weeks. 

The delivery of this module is through our online+ model for distance learning consisting of online learning, self-study, reflection, discussion and sharing learning with and from others, application of learning to your organisational context and the completion of assessment tasks. There is also the opportunity for students who value face-to-face workshops to attend optional themed workshops.

Assessment

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

The assessment format may be a reflective account, a project report, a presentation or portfolio of evidence; all being the equivalent of 2000 words in length.

Entry requirements

You must be a qualified doctor holding an MBChB or equivalent. This course is open to all doctors as a standalone course or as an optional course across CETAD programmes.

For students enrolled on the Postgraduate Certificate or the MSc Medical Leadership, this is a mandatory core course.

Start dates

  • April
  • September