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Unit information: Leadership and Management in Healthcare in 2021/22

Unit name Leadership and Management in Healthcare
Unit code EFIMM0090
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Professor. Gianluca Veronesi
Open unit status Not open




School/department School of Management
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law

Description including Unit Aims

The unit explores the issues and challenges related to the leadership and management of healthcare organisations by focusing on a wide range of theory and research that has addressed this topic. It will offer insights into the theory that has informed change in healthcare systems and the historical context including changes in management and governance arrangements of healthcare organisations. The unit will also review the evidence to support different leadership framework and models. In particular, it will focus on leadership for healthcare professionals, looking at what the evidence base suggests in relation to its relationship with performance and how it can be supported and strengthened through ad hoc strategies and policies.

The unit aims to give students a critical understanding of:

1. The key notions of leadership and management in the healthcare context;
2. The main features and characteristics of healthcare organisations and the nature of the environmental context where they operate;
3. The history of leadership and management reforms in healthcare services with a specific focus on the National Health Services;
4. The research evidence on the influence and consequences of healthcare management reforms;
5. The antecedents of the effective development of leadership for healthcare professionals and the consequences, including risks and benefits, of a greater alignment between clinical and management priorities.

Intended Learning Outcomes

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

1. Discuss different conceptual approaches to the study of leadership and management in healthcare organisations;
2. Understand and critically analyse current leadership and management theories in the context of complex professionalised healthcare organisations;
3. Demonstrate an understanding of leadership and management reforms and their outcomes in healthcare organisations;
4. Critically appraise risks and benefits associated with a closer alignment between clinical and management priorities;
5. Identify and critique relevant research to inform an evidence-based understanding of leadership and management in healthcare organisations.

Teaching Information

The unit will be taught through a mixture of self-guided study materials, recorded and real time lectures, web-based tutorials and discussions, case study work, readings, and activities. There will be some compulsory pre-course work which will include core readings and critical analysis which the students are required to carry out. The use of the Blackboard online learning environment will be actively pursued to develop students’ understanding and engagement with the unit content.

Assessment Information

Formative assessment (ILO 1,2,3)

Students are required to actively participate and contribute to online discussion boards. The formative assessment is aimed at allowing students to gauge and evaluate levels of understanding, progress and development. They will be required to engage with a leadership and/or management issue and related challenges in the healthcare context. They will use the relevant academic and practitioner-focused literatures to analyse and summarise the relevant issue and related challenges.

Summative assessment (ILO 1,2,3,4,5)

The unit is assessed by means of a 4000-word written individual assignment (100%) based on a topic defined by the unit director and related to the teaching content. Students will be assessed on their knowledge and understanding of leadership and/or management models and theoretical frameworks and their implications for practice-oriented organisational issues and environmental challenges.


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

See the Faculty workload statement relating to this unit for more information.

The Board of Examiners will consider all cases where students have failed or not completed the assessments required for credit. The Board considers each student's outcomes across all the units which contribute to each year's programme of study. If you have self-certificated your absence from an assessment, you will normally be required to complete it the next time it runs (this is usually in the next assessment period).
The Board of Examiners will take into account any extenuating circumstances and operates within the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.