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Effective Leadership

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One semester

Study hours 200 - 30 contact hours, 3 hours academic tutorials, 167 hours self directed study


Effective leadership is crucial for improving the quality of care for patients, clients and their families, for developing staff and for creating the vision to transform services (Department of Health 2006, 2008). Effective leadership begins with greater self knowledge and this module will take the student on a journey of self assessment, reflection and discovery in order to determine their approach to leadership and develop their effectiveness in providing direction and leading and managing others.

Dates of Attendance: Semester one







Please note it is your responsibility to check module dates prior to commencing your studies. The correct dates can be found by following the relevant module page.

Should you require any further information about this module please contact the Course Leader/Module Leader:

Rachel Heathershaw  

01473 338436


Course modules

Aims of the Module

  • To critically examine the body of historical and contemporary theory to inform the role of leadership in health and social care.

  • To critically analyse the contextual nature of legislative and political processes which inform and underpin social policy formulation.

  • To provide the student with the opportunity to evaluate their own behaviours and personal qualities in relation to effective leadership.

  • To enable students to develop personal effectiveness in leadership.

  • To consider the importance of building capacity in others to develop leadership and innovation throughout the organisation.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the module students will be able to:

  • Critically appraise the leadership and innovation challenge of the role of the health and social care leader/manager.

  • Critically examine their leadership behaviours and formulate a personal development plan.

  • Critically analyse the role of healthcare leaders and managers in a changing policy context.

  • Evaluate effective strategies for supporting and developing others to build leaderful teams to meet service and clinical priorities

Full downloadable information regarding all University of Suffolk courses, including Key Facts, Course Aims, Course Structure and Assessment, is available in the Definitive Course Record.


Course Leader in MA Healthcare Education, Associate Professor and Head of Subject: Post Qualificatory Provision