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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

Module Aims

• Develop an understanding of the differences between leadership and management • Develop your knowledge of how teams work and how people respond to change • Learn how to plan and find funding for a small scale service development • Enhance your awareness of cultural differences in leadership and management • Demonstrate awareness of the requirements for leadership for clinical psychologists


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. Consideration will be given to the transfer of leadership and management skills cross-culturally and to work in settings other than the NHS. You will examine how you function in teams, using the experience you have gained in group tasks throughout the programme. You will receive training on how to design and write up a small-scale service development, including consideration of how you might fund your project.

Special Features

The module requires you to set up a placement of a minimum of fifty hours duration to enable you to gain experience of how theoretical concepts of leadership and management covered in teaching are adapted and applied within the workplace and to enable you to develop the skills to work efficiently as a member of a team to achieve organizational goals. You will be asked to keep a reflective log of your experiences on placement and will use this to provide a reflective summary of your experience, as part of your Small Scale Service Development report. Your placement provider will be contacted for feedback and this will be shared with you. The Small Scale service development gives you experience related to developing a Business plan which is a useful transferrable skill. You will be encouraged to base your report on the organization in which you gain work experience, to give a real life example of potential service development. Teaching on finding funding will be covered in the module. You will be required to present your Small Scale Service Development to your peers for feedback. You will be given help from week one of the Programme to set up a placement to ensure that you will have time to complete relevant procedures eg. DBS checks. International students can be given additional support in this process, if needed. The placement should be with a reputable organization eg. with the NHS or a registered charity so that you can gain information on the structure of the organization, its mission statement and business plan, as well as having the opportunity to practise skills in working with people/teams. Detailed advice on the kinds of placements which are appropriate will be provided. Your progress on placement will be monitored by the Programme team. Please see the document covering Frequently Asked Questions relating to Placement experience for further information.

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 Study100
Total study time200

Resources & Reading list

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

The Clinical Leadership Competency Framework.

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

The following all available from the Kings Fund website.

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

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



MethodPercentage contribution
Report 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework assignment(s) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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