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PSYC6081 Leadership and Management

Module Overview

This module takes place in Semester 2 and builds on the skills you have acquired in engaging people with change. Taking on leadership responsibilities is a key requirement of clinical psychologists and this module covers the leadership and management skills essential for psychologists (and anyone working in teams or organizations) to develop. Effective leadership for clinical psychologists at all career stages can be strengthened by an awareness of personal qualities and values and the application of psychological skills and knowledge. The module encourages you to reflect on your experiences of having worked in small groups and to think about how your psychological understanding eg. of diversity or response to loss, can be transferred to different situations such as managing change in teams. Leadership involves developing services and you will be helped to set up a placement to provide you with experience in a health/mental health/caring setting to help you to develop theory practice links and to set the context for designing a small scale service development. You will be taught how to find funding for the proposed development, a key skill in these times of austerity.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Explain the differences between Leadership and Management
  • Give examples of the differences between strategic and operational thinking
  • Evaluate factors affecting team functioning
  • Evaluate your own role in teams
  • Plan and evaluate small scale service development
  • Demonstrate awareness of sources of funding
  • Describe cultural differences in leadership and management
  • Describe examples of leadership in a mental health setting


This module will provide an overview of leadership and management, change management, service development and team functioning. The module will help you to develop your knowledge and understanding of the requirements for leadership and management skills for clinical psychologists at different bandings within the NHS. Consideration will be given to the transfer of leadership and management skills cross-culturally and to work in settings other than the NHS. Your role in team functioning will be assessed via the Belbin questionnaire and this result will be related to ensuring the effective functioning of teams. You will receive training on how to conduct a small-scale service development, with examples from practising clinicians.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching and learning is via lectures, group tasks, peer assessment, workshops and self-directed study. You are given support in developing your small scale service development through having specific teaching sessions around how to develop your ideas and find funding. You will undertake a work-related placement to enable you to apply theory to practice.

Independent Study50
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Karen Clarke. UK: Survival skills for a new breed. 

Kotter, J.P. and Cohen, D.S. (2002). The heart of change, real life stories of how people change their organisations. 

The King’s Fund (2011). The future of Leadership and Management in the NHS. 

Grint, K & Holt C (2011). Followership in the NHS. 

Covey, S. R. (2004). The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. 

NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement (2010). Proposed Leadership Competency Framework for Clinical Professions. 

Other. For resources which are required or considered useful for the module: key texts, text books, data books, software, web sites, other sources of related information.

Division of Clinical Psychology (2007). Understanding ‘Customer’ Needs of Clinical Psychology Services. 

Brooks, S. (2009). Organisational Behaviour, Individuals, Groups and Organisation. 

Walshe, K & Smith, L (2011). The NHS management workforce. 

British Psychological Society (2007). New Ways of Working for Applied Psychologists in Health and Social Care- Organising, Managing and Leading Psychological Services. 

The following all available from the Kings Fund website.

Hartley, J & Benington, J (2011). Recent trends in leadership: Thinking and action in the public and voluntary services sector. 

Alimo-Metcalfe, B. and Alban-Metcalfe, J. (2005). Leadership: Time for a new direction?. 

The Clinical Leadership Competency Framework.

Roebuck, C (2011). Developing effective leadership in the NHS to maximise the quality of patient care. 

Turnbull James, K (2011). Leadership in context: Lessons from new leadership theory and current leadership development practice. 


Assessment Strategy

Formative feedback will be provided in class. Summative assessment consists of writing up 2500 word Small Scale Service Development Report based on your work or placement, with a reflective summary of placement based learning as an Appendix to this report.


MethodPercentage contribution
Report 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework assignment(s) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External


Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:

Travel Costs for placements

Students are expected to undertake a voluntary placement and need to self fund travel costs

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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