Effective Leadership for Professional Practice

Key information

Start date:
07 April 2025
Attendance dates:

07, 08, 29, 30 April 2025

06, 07 May 2025

Kate Granger Building, 30 Priestley Road, Surrey Research Park, Guildford, Surrey GU2 7YH

Depending on the subject and content, modules will mainly be delivered via a combination of face-to-face and online.

Some modules may be taught at: Stag Hill campus, University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey GU2 7XH
Contact details:
  • Level
    6 (undergraduate)
  • Credits
  • Module code

Module overview

This module encourages you to reflect on your own practice and development to consider leadership theories and literature in response to a changing healthcare landscape. To cultivate healthcare leaders who possess a comprehensive critical understanding of ethical leadership, using advanced cognitive and practical skills to promote equitable practice, demonstrating the ability to create positive learning cultures within interdisciplinary teams, fostering a commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion in healthcare settings. 

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of stigma and bias to show how proactive measures can be used to resolve inequalities and educate others to promote equity in healthcare.  
  • Analyse and evaluate principles of courage, transparency and the professional duty of candour, acting autonomously to address poor practice and ensure ethical leadership in unpredictable and complex contexts.  
  • Reflect on their own personal values and beliefs and apply relevant principles and theoretical frameworks to demonstrate how this may impact on their behaviour and practice in healthcare settings. 
  • Investigate and analyse opportunities, risks and demands, within healthcare that enable them to maintain their own mental and physical wellbeing and set an example for others, applying an in-depth understanding of their professional standards. 
  • Identify and apply leadership principles and theories to their practice to demonstrate how they will be effective ambassadors, role models and positive influences with a commitment to human rights, equity, diversity and inclusion to improve health outcomes for their communities.
  • Analyse and evaluate theoretical concepts including compassionate leadership when managing teams to support a culture of learning and cohesion across interprofessional and interagency teams.   

Course content

This module is designed to empower you to reflect on your current leadership style, develop leadership skills further and critically evaluate leadership approaches: 

  • Facilitate you to reflect on your current knowledge, skills, and attitudes to leadership and management, exploring current theory. 
  • Contemplate your role in leading practice for the future.  
  • Identify and appraise current leadership styles, utilising theoretical concepts and research within the political agenda of wider health and social care context of partnership working. 
  • Analyse your current leadership style and identify areas of development within your practice, whilst critically evaluating leadership approaches to influence policy, service design and delivery.  

Learning and teaching methods

Learning and teaching methods include:

  • Lectures 
  • Workshops 
  • Tutorial 
  • Guided online learning activities  
  • Independent study
  • Role play scenarios to support the development of leadership skills that can be transferred into practice. 


Summative assessment

A 15-minute recorded presentation of a reflection of an area for personal development in relation to leadership in your practice area. This should analyse and illustrate your in-depth knowledge, skills and insight of the attributes required for effective leadership, both now and in your future practice. 

Course leader

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Heather Lane

Lecturer and Pathway Lead for Community Children's Nursing (CCN) SPQ Programme

Entry requirements

  • Ability to study at level 6
  • Working in health and social care.

Fees and funding


How to apply

Please download and fill in an application form. 

Please note: 

  1. Applications typically close six weeks before the module start date and may close earlier if we reach a maximum number of applications. If we still have spaces on the course, we may extend the application deadline date.
  2. It is important to ensure that you complete all sections and answer all questions, incomplete forms will cause a delay and may result in you missing out on an available place.
  3. If you are registered on a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) course then you will need to complete an application form for each CPD module you wish to apply for.

Send your completed application to postreg_admin@surrey.ac.uk.

Terms and conditions

When you accept an offer of a place at the University of Surrey, you are agreeing to comply with our policies and regulations and our terms and conditions. You are also confirming you have read and understood the University's prospective student privacy notice.

If your sponsoring healthcare provider is funding you for this module, by submitting an application you agree to allow all information regarding your module (for example your exam results) to be shared with the sponsoring provider.

Cancellation policy

If you withdraw less than seven days before the module commences or do not attend on the first day (without informing the module administrator) the full cost of the module will be charged. Withdrawals after the module commences will also be charged.

Module availability

Places are confirmed approximately one month before the module start date. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability, student demand and/or class size caps. 


Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. The University of Surrey has used its reasonable efforts to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to module content) may occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the module. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for a module with us. Read the full disclaimer.

Course location and contact details

Campus location

Kate Granger Building

Our Medicine (Graduate Entry) BMBS degree, nursing and midwifery, and health science courses are taught at the Kate Granger Building (30 Priestley Road), on the Surrey Research Park.

Additional information

Depending on the subject and content, modules will mainly be delivered via a combination of face-to-face and online.

Some modules may be taught at: Stag Hill campus, University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey GU2 7XH.

Post-registration Administration team

University of Surrey
Surrey GU2 7XH