Hospice UK MA in Hospice Leadership

Hospice UK is the national charity for the UK hospice movement, and represents the interests, views and concerns of more than 200 local charities which together provide most of the hospice care across the country.

Developing senior leadership capabilities

A new programme, recently developed for the charity by LUMS, has been designed to address the needs and challenges facing hospices and leaders in palliative and end-of-life care. It aims to help develop the leadership capabilities of those operating at senior level within the field, and it is hoped that the programme will also enable Hospices UK to shape a development framework to inform future development and investment in leadership and management development for the sector.

The charity already had strong links with the International Observatory on End of Life Care at Lancaster University, so the approach to the Management School was a natural extension of an existing relationships and a means of capitalising on expertise at Lancaster.

Programme design and delivery

Following site visits to a number of hospices and ideas collated from a range of stakeholders at Hospices UK, a Masters-level programme has been developed by a team from LUMS and the Help the Hospices End of Life Team. The programme is designed for CEOs of hospices across the UK, senior managers and suitably qualified people who aspire to lead hospices, both in the UK and overseas. 

The programme delivery involves both through face-to-face teaching at Lancaster and distance learning. It uses a combination of action learning sets, taught residential modules and a research summer school, hosted by the International Observatory on End of Life Care, at which participants refine their ideas for a action research project to be carried out within their own organisation. The programme also includes a week of personal retreat and reflection, in the peaceful surroundings of Malham Tarn.