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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

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

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

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

Resources & Reading list

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

Healthcare Leadership Model.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Yukl,G (2012). Leadership in Organizations. 

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

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

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

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





MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (3000 words) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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