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Postgraduate Course: Leading Change in The Acute Healthcare Setting (CRCA11025)

Course Outline
SchoolDeanery of Clinical Sciences CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeOnline Distance Learning AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis course will provide students with a critical overview of leadership and quality improvement, with a particular focus on acute services.

It will enable current healthcare providers to understand and develop leadership styles, skills, and techniques which promote change in acute care services through practice, quality improvement methodology, and policy.
Course description The course will be divided into 5 weeks, with each week comprising a theme. This course will cover:

- Introduction to leadership styles and theory.
Exploring different leadership styles, what shapes us as leaders, and briefly touch on the theory of change.

- Leadership in action.
Leadership to enact change, barriers to leadership & communication, influencing others/workplace culture.

- Introduction to QI methodology and the model of improvement.
Intro to QI and model of improvement. Developing aims, creating conditions, collaboration, co-production, and design.

- Practical application of a QI project.
The QI journey, models & tools for improvement, measuring/evaluating success.

- Leading change.
Influencing change in practice, resources, sustainability, and cost. Insight into multidisciplinary healthcare professionals QI journeys.

The students will be able to achieve an understanding of this subject area by:

· A series of lectures and live tutorials led and delivered by experts from across the multi-disciplinary teams involved in leading change in acute healthcare settings.
· Expert clinicians and leaders of change will participate in podcasts and/or tutorials to demonstrate leadership styles used, and their own QI journeys from practice.
· By focusing on leadership styles, discovering their own leadership styles using interactive links, and hearing from experts in their field about how they adapt to lead change within the acute setting.
· By exploring techniques and traits which influence a positive workplace culture, and create strong foundations for improving quality for patients.
· Interactive teaching that will allow students to work with expert tutors and colleagues to identify and explore learning needs through case-based tutorials, discussion boards and tutor/peer feedback.
· A discussion board each week will be facilitated by the multidisciplinary expert for the weekly topic.
· Reference to a wide range of teaching materials.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2024/25, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start MVM Online Learning Block 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 98 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %

100% in course assessment

Recorded Presentation:
Submit a project charter for a proposed change within your own clinical setting.
Pre-recorded (12 minutes maximum)
50% of overall mark.

Written Assignment:
Academic reflective essay (1000 words).
Reflect on your learning from this course on the leadership skills/techniques required to lead your proposed project.
50% of overall mark.
Feedback Interactive tutorials and discussion boards will allow students to gain ongoing feedback from expert tutors.

Students will have the opportunity to gain feedback from their peers on their proposed project topic/methodology.

Formal feedback will be provided for all assessed components of the course.

No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Critically discuss a range of theories, models, principles and concepts underpinning effective clinical leadership in the acute setting.
  2. Apply knowledge of leadership styles and theories, effective multidisciplinary team working and communication skills to solve problems and achieve goals in the acute setting.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to apply improvement methodology in the student¿s own clinical setting.
  4. Apply and critically appraise approaches, tools, and frameworks for leading change.
Reading List

Additional eBooks and journal articles will be added to the reading list at the time the course launches.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Mindset:

Enquiry and lifelong learning:
Students will use skills in information retrieval and critical analysis to evaluate developments in leadership styles and leading change for improvement. Students will understand how these developments can inform clinical practice and improve outcomes for patients.

Aspiration and personal development
Students will gain a comprehensive understanding of leading change/quality improvement projects, models of improvement, and the leadership skills and attributes required to lead change in clinical practice. This will enable students to reflect on their own ability to improve patient care.

Outlook and engagement
Students will be equipped with the knowledge and insight needed to develop and improve their leadership skills to initiate change for patients in their own context/environment/role. This could be through roles such as; leading their own quality improvement project, acting as lead for QI/education/clinical etc within their own setting.

Research and enquiry
Students will demonstrate their ability to critically evaluate research findings and incorporate new findings into existing practices to improve patient outcomes.

Personal and intellectual autonomy
Students will have the opportunity to consider promoting, and leading change through practice, quality improvement methodology, and practice, in their own context/environment.

Personal effectiveness
The students who fully engage with the course over the 5 weeks will gain the most from the taught content and focus their time for self-directed learning. By maximising these opportunities, they will develop their own knowledge and understanding as well as contributing productively to other students¿ learning.

Effective participation and engagement with course materials will involve active communication with tutors and other students. This will allow students to direct their learning so that their own self-identified learning needs are addressed on this course.
KeywordsLeading change,leadership,healthcare,improvement,quality improvement
Course organiserMs Alana Jefferies
Tel: (01312) 426398
Course secretaryMrs Kimberley Jamieson
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