Key Facts

Module Title: NUR-30157: Clinical Leadership
Mode of Study:Trimester 1/Autumn and Trimester 2/Spring
Contact Details:Contact School of Nursing and Midwifery - 01782 679611
Faculty: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
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This module has been developed in response to the demand for clinicians to develop their existing leadership and team-working skills in order to  facilitate effective inter-professional partnerships within the dynamic, changing world of health and social care. It will enable them to realise their own vision for improving their professional  practice within the current political and professional climate of change, and will be of interest to clinicians working across public, commercial and  independent sectors who wish to further develop their leadership skills in the pursuit of quality patient care.

The module is aimed at Health Professionals seeking to improve their knowledge of clinical leadership and develop leadership qualities and behaviours.

This module is available as a Compulsory Core for the achievement of the BSC (Hons) Clinical Practice within all pathways (year two).
This module may be undertaken as a stand alone elective module within the BSc (Hons) Clinical Practice award for other pathways.

This module aims to enable clinicians to critically examine and reflect upon their own role and leadership behaviour as an individual and whilst working within a team, and to identify opportunities to further develop their skills, through the application of a range of approaches to leadership, including team-working, negotiation, motivating and leading others. It will facilitate them to develop an understanding of the influence of political and professional issues upon their practice.

Learning outcomes will compose of:

  • Critically examine the links between leadership and the quality of healthcare delivery
  • Demonstrate awareness and critical discussion of the political and professional influences for and upon change in healthcare and the impact upon leadership
  • Critically discuss and evaluate a range of leadership theories and the impact of organisational structure upon effective leadership
  • Critically reflect upon their own role and leadership behaviour within a team, identify area of potential development and initiatives to foster leadership potential
  • Identify and critically explore a range of factors that can influence team effectiveness, their ability to inhibit or enhance leadership and strategies to overcome this


Normally hold a professional registration with an appropriate body.
Working within a care setting relevant to the module

The politico-professional context of clinical leadership; healthcare reform and service delivery transformation. From the NHS Plan to the Darzi Next Stage Review. World Class Commissioning.

Contemporary clinical leadership strategies and innovations, models and supportive initiatives; such as, NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement, 'The Productive Ward' initiative.

Contemporary vision of clinicians as practitioners, leaders and partners of care, developing role and responsibilities of clinicians at all levels of practice and leading / directing quality healthcare delivery. Modernising Nursing Careers and clinical leadership.

Organisational theories: structures, cultures, power and politics within teams. Managing change. The influence and role of the team leader and environment of care upon quality care.

Overcoming resistance to change: uncertainty, conflict, engaging others, resolution.

Embracing and leading change: role diversification, leadership and accountability.

Links between leadership and quality of healthcare delivery and critical evaluation of the evidence base pertaining to this.

The quality improvement agenda: clinical governance and safety initiatives in healthcare

Risk management, diversity and discrimination

Principles of clinical leadership, leadership theories and change management

Influences upon leadership style and methods: organisational, gender, culture, organisation, media

Principles and attributes of effective teams: examination of own team

Leading change: vision, core values, methods, expectations in your team

Becoming an effective leader: building creativity, critical thinking, team working skills, communication, motivating others, inspiring and empowering your team

Working in partnership: team-working skills, inter-professional working, negotiation, mutual goal-planning and communication

Leading others in clinical teams: critical reflection upon own leadership behaviour and role in team, effect of feedback on personal development and professional growth, developing leadership potential

Process analysis: techniques, skills, audit and measurement systems

Transition and empowerment


The module will utilise blended learning methods including use of the KLE; for example, WebCT based resources and activities




Assessment Type: Reflective Analysis
  Assessment Marking Scheme: Assessment rule 40%
  Brief Description: 3,000 word reflective analysis
  Contribution to the module mark: 100% Qualifying Mark: 40
  Apply For Exemption from Anonymous Assessment: Yes
  Detailed Description of Assessment: The student will develop a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate their achievement of the learning outcomes. Critical application of the concept of leadership and how individuals and organisations can use this to convey their values and vision, within contemporary social / health care commissioning and delivery will be demonstrated. Critical reflection upon, and demonstration of the student's own leadership potential and ability to lead on an aspect/s of practice to improve health care will be illustrated via a reflective analysis upon the portfolio evidence.