Medical Leadership

Medical Leadership

Develop your knowledge, understanding and skills in line with the Medical Leadership Competency Framework. Navigate your way to a Postgraduate Certificate, Diploma or Masters.

About the Programme

This course is for doctors at any stage of their careers who are interested in developing and proving their commitment to:

  • Improving patient experience and service delivery
  • Demonstrating caring, compassionate, authentic leadership
  • Developing leadership capacity to achieve medical and organisational impact

The course is designed to develop your knowledge, understanding and skills in line with the NHS Clinic Leadership Competency Framework.

You may also make a claim for credit for prior learning to gain exemptions from some modules by undertaking the module Recognition and Accreditation of Prior Learning.

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Key Facts

Programme Content

To achieve a Postgraduate Certificate, you will complete a selection of the modules below - the first three are mandatory. 

You then have to complete one of the following: Collaborative & Team Working, Leading & Managing People OR Leading Others Through Change. 

Then one of the following:  Analysing Drivers for Change OR Models for Planning Change & Improvement.  Finally you will complete one other module from our optional modules 

Assessment Methods

The assessment methods vary, and may include coursework, project proposals, reports, reflective commentary, and oral presentation.

  • Personal Learning and Development

    This module is mandatory and integral to your Postgraduate Certificate Programme. It initiates your programme by facilitating activities to raise self-awareness about your strengths, development needs and the skills and knowledge you need to for your personal and professional development. This enables you to negotiate a programme of study that best fits your personal and professional development needs, with the support of a learning mentor who will support you during the length of your programme of study.

    Further to designing and negotiating your programme, this module will shadow your learning journey through to completion. The module’s main purpose is to facilitate your ‘learning about learning’ and develop this critical lifelong and work-based skill. This should bring confidence to critically evaluate and challenge ideas, have a voice to make a case and communicate complex ideas to different audiences.

    Duration, attendance and delivery

    You will normally start this module at the beginning of your Postgraduate Certificate Programme. The module course usually lasts 12 months as it runs alongside your taught courses in the Postgraduate Certificate. There is a face-to-face workshop at the start of the module and then the module learning consists of online self-study, online group mentoring, personal mentoring, reflection activities, and completion of a learning portfolio.

    Assessment

    You will be assessed at the end of the module through submission of a learning portfolio that represents the progress of your learning from the beginning to the end of this module. You will be assessed against the module learning outcomes, including evidence of learning with and from others on the modules that comprise your programme.

    Entry requirements

    You will need to be in work (paid or unpaid) in a role which enables you to meet the requirements of the Postgraduate Certificate.

    Start dates

    • January

    • April

    • September

    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.

  • Understanding Leadership and Management

    Overview

    • What is leadership? What is management?

    • Leadership and management: current debates and issues in relation to the challenges of your own role

    • Social and ethical challenges for management and leadership in changing organisational contexts; managing with integrity

    • Organisation culture, values, power – impact on expectations and behaviours of leadership and management

    • Understanding your own leadership style, behaviours, habits

    • Evaluating your own strengths and development needs in the context of management and leadership

    • Developing authentic leadership effectiveness – aligning your approach to fit with organisational current and future needs

    On completion of the course you will understand different perceptions of effective leadership and management and be able to examine the effectiveness of leadership and management in the context of your own organisation. You will be able to devise a strategy for your own personal leadership development to help you to address the current challenges of your role.

    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 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.

    Start dates

    • January

    • March

    • September

  • The Role of Clinical Leaders in Health Service Improvement

    Overview

    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.

    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

    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

    • October

    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.

  • Collaborative and Team Working

    Overview

    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 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 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.

    Start dates

    • November

    • May

    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.

  • Leading and Managing People

    Overview

    • Managing people for effective performance through the life cycle of employment

    • Managing day to day performance

    • Dealing with performance issues

    • Understanding individual’s motivation, personality, and behaviours

    • Developing appropriate, effective people management responses

    • Leading and developing your staff

    On completion of the course you will have developed an understanding of best practice in terms of managing staff performance and will have developed a range of skills to enhance your ability to routinely lead and manage staff. You will have increased your understanding of the behaviours and motivation of others, explored a range of tactics to engage staff and improved your own ability to manage staff performance.

    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 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.

    Start dates

    • June

    • November

    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.

  • Leading Others Through Change

    Overview

    • Leadership in times of change

    • Transitional to Transformational leadership

    • Appreciative leadership

    • Stakeholder analysis

    • Supporting staff in embracing change

    • Capacity building to cope with uncertainty

    • Achieving sustainable change

    • Dealing with resistance to change

    • Emotional Intelligence - self and social awareness

    • Influencing skills

    On completion of the course you will have developed your understanding of a range of approaches to leading others through times of change. You will have developed your ability to understanding how to engage and influence others and how to take into account different individual’s responses to change. This learning will enhance your own capacity to lead and manage people through change.

    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 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.

    Start dates

    • June

    • October

    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.

  • Analysing Drivers for Change

    • Overview

      This course takes you through the process of analysing drivers for change in your own organisation. It will develop your critical understanding of the external and internal factors that influence the need for change in your organisation and your skills in working with the complexity and uncertainty of change.

      We will explore the change agenda in your local context and start to question and challenge existing organisational capacity to respond to these.

      On completion of the course you have learned to identify the key internal and external drivers for change within your own organisation. You will be able to analyse how change is affecting your organisation and understand how change impacts on you and your role.

      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 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.

      Start dates

      • October
      • 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.

  • Models for Planning Change

    • Overview

      • Develop your knowledge and understanding of a range of strategies through which work based change may be achieved

      • Enhance your ability to select and apply work based change models to suit your own organisation context

      • Explore factors affecting the adoption of change in organisations including power, ethics, culture and resourcing implications

      • Designing and planning a change project

      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 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.

      Start dates

      • February
      • September
      • June

      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.

The Diploma and MSc includes the following:

  • Further development of your knowledge and skills
  • Undertaking real work-based medical leadership projects

Core Modules include:

  • Negtotiating your Professional Development

Plus:

  • Optional modules
  • 20 credit project (Postgraduate Diploma) and 60 credit project (Masters).
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Entry Requirements

Qualified doctors holding an MBChB or equivalent. For the Postgraduate Diploma/MSc, a Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Leadership or equivalent is required.

Fees 

For fees information, please visit our Course Fees page.

Start Dates

We are recruiting now for start dates throughout the year. To discover more about the programme, please make an enquiry.

 

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