The Role of Clinical Leaders in Health Service Improvement



The course considers the changing role of doctors and other clinical leads 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 evolution of healthcare provision and exemplar models across the globe
  • 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
  • Managing the tensions between quality healthcare provision, financial constraints, innovation and risk
  • 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.


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

This module is for doctors and clinical leads. This course is open 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

  • September
  • April

N.B. CETAD reserve the right to cancel or move the course to a later date if the number of students registered for the advertised course is not sufficient.