Module details for Leadership


This module explores leadership specifically in relation to health and social care.


The overall aim of this module is to introduce students to the concept of leadership, leadership theories and styles and to enable the student practitioner to lead change and instigate team building.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module the student should be able to:

1.  Critically discuss theories, styles, principles and processes of leadership.

2.  Critically discuss processes of managing change, planned change theories and change strategies within ethical and legal boundaries whilst managing self, people and resources.

3.  Critically explore the concepts of teamwork and teambuilding strategies for interprofessional practices.

4.  Critically discuss and differentiate between leadership, management of change, mentorship, reflection, supervision and leadership in terms of stages of impact in managing change

5.  Critically discuss and reflect upon the key components of observed leadership and self as leader

Indicative Content

1 Principles and processes of leadership

Professional practice/ professionalism, including accountability and delegation. Risk Assessment and management, policy and leadership. Values and leadership

2 Management of Change

Leadership and managing change theories. Practice- development and its role in leadership. Key issues affecting health and social care. The evidence base for change. Service user involvement. Person-Centred Care

3 Team building

Team functioning, Team working, Interprofessional working. Role of clinical supervision and governance

4 Leadership and the practice concept

Leading outside of sphere of influence/inter professional inter sector working. Communicating judgements and decisions. Ethical and legal issues within leadership

5 Reflection

Self awareness, Personality assessment, Emotional Intelligence. Observing leadership, Critical analysis, making judgements and decisions.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Teaching and Learning Method Hours
Lecture 12
Tutorial/Seminar 12
Practical Activity 6
Assessment 40
Independent 130
Total 200

Guidance notes

SCQF Level - The Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework provides an indication of the complexity of award qualifications and associated learning and operates on an ascending numeric scale from Levels 1-12 with SCQF Level 10 equating to a Scottish undergraduate Honours degree.

Credit Value – The total value of SCQF credits for the module. 20 credits are the equivalent of 10 ECTS credits. A full-time student should normally register for 60 SCQF credits per semester.


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