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NQCG3114 Leadership in Health and Social Care

Module Overview

The requirement for good leadership in health and social care is compelling. There are growing numbers of people living with long term conditions and leadership is needed in order to help teams to provide support to these individuals to live independently and reduce the necessity for costly interventions. Leaders are also essential for engaging staff in delivering care which leads to a better patient experience, fewer errors, lower infection and mortality rates. Good leadership ensures better financial management, higher staff moral and motivation and therefore less absenteeism and stress. Strong leadership is an enabling factor for individuals and teams to perform at their best (Kings Fund 2012).

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

In order to achieve the desired outcomes of leadership the leader needs to have a good understanding of themselves and the effect of their behaviour on others to deliver high quality care

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Critically examine your own leadership skills
  • Debate the importance of the role of the leader within health and social care
  • Analyse the leaders role in inspiring commitment of individuals in the workplace
  • Critically discuss the challenges of engaging teams in the delivery of high quality care


The individual as a leader The individuality of leadership theories and their relevance for practice The impact of personality differences in relation to leadership Cultural competency The importance of the role of the leader within health and social care Negotiating role transition Managing complexity and conflict for purposeful outcomes Innovation and entrepreneurialism Creative decision making The leaders’ role in inspiring commitment of individuals in the workplace Motivating individuals Delegation Facilitating, mentoring and coaching others Competency management The engagement of teams in the delivery of high quality care Building and developing teams Emotional intelligence Understanding the different perspectives of a successful functioning team

Special Features

This module is also a compulsory module for international students on the Faculty of Health Sciences Pre-Master’s Program. The pass mark for these students will be set at 50% in order demonstrate they meet the entry requirement for our Master’s programs (1st or upper 2nd class honours degree).

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Journal club to critique relevant articles Lectures On-line resources (blackboard) Group discussions Individual analysis of tools Group activities Individual self-awareness exercises

Preparation for scheduled sessions20
Wider reading or practice100
Completion of assessment task100
Total study time250

Resources & Reading list

Additional web based resources will be made available to the students via Blackboard (these are updated for each cohort of students).. 

Johnson, C.E. (2015). Meeting the Ethical Challenges of Leadership: Casting Light or Shadow.. 

Kohlrieser, G (2006). Hostage at the Table. 

McKim, J. Phillips, K. (2009). Leadership & Management in Integrated Services. 

Healthcare Leadership Model.

Yukl,G (2012). Leadership in Organizations. 

Gill, R. (2011). Theory and Practice of Leadership. 

Sullivan, E.J. Garland, G (2010). Practical Leadership and Management in Nursing. 

Sullivan, E.J. Decker, P.J. (2009). Effective Leadership and Management in Nursing. 

Weir-Hughes, D (2011). Clinical leadership from A to Z. 

Bach, S. Ellis, P. (2011). Leadership, Management & Team Working in Nursing. 

Belbin, M. (2010). Management teams : Why they succeed or fail. 

Keirsey, D (1998). Please understand me II. 

Cox,Y (2011). Developing Effective Leadership & Management skills. In Hogston, R. Marjoram, B (2011) Foundations of Nursing Practice: Themes, concepts and Frameworks. 

Northouse, P.G. (2013). Leadership – theory and practice. 

Briggs Myers, I. Myers, PB. (1995). Gifts Differing: Understanding Personality Type. 

Avery, G.C. (2004). Understanding Leadership. 

Barr,J. Dowding, L. (2012). Leadership in Health Care. 

Porter-O’Grady, T. Malloch, K. (2012). Innovation Leadership. 





MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (3000 words) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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