Leading People in Health and Social Care

Key information

Start date:
12 May 2025
Attendance dates:

12, 19 May 2025

02, 16, 30 June 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
    7 (postgraduate)
  • Credits
  • Module code

Module overview

This module provides staff starting out or established in any leadership role with a critical understanding of the fundamental principles of engaging, supporting and leading people. Participants will be empowered and equipped with tools to support or create workplaces where staff thrive and collaborate. The concepts of care, compassion, courage, and vulnerability will be explored to develop skills in enhancing relationships and creating safe and supportive environments for patients and users of health and social care services. 

This module is taught by clinical and non-clinical academics with input from highly experienced leaders in health and social care.

Learning outcomes

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

  • Demonstrate critical understanding of leadership theory.
  • Systematically apply leadership theory to identify potential solutions to common challenges when leading people within health and social care. environments.
  • Critically analyse the evidence identifying the key elements required to create safe and supportive working environments.
  • Reflect upon yourself as a developing leader and identify an evidence-based plan to support personal development.

Course content

Indicative module content includes:

  • Who is a leader? The module starts with an exploration of self, experiences of leadership and examination of the importance of reflection and self-development within leadership.
  • Exploration of theories of leadership and leadership behaviours.
  • Leading with care and valuing people.
  • Building psychologically safe environments, consideration of courage, compassion, vulnerability, and emotional readiness.
  • How to generate environments that support professional behaviours, challenge unprofessional behaviours, and hold people to account.
  • Developing capability.

Learning and teaching methods

The learning and teaching methods include:

  • Seminars 
  • E-learning 
  • Online tutorials 
  • Case studies/scenarios 
  • Group work 
  • Panel discussion
  • Independent study. 


Summative assessment for this module consists of a 3000 word, critical exploration of a challenge related to ‘Leading People’ within Health or Social Care settings. You will be encouraged to:

  • Choose from a broad list of common health and social care issues that relates to leading people.
  • Critically explore the evidence-base supporting this challenge, systematically applying theory to their specific practice area. 
  • Develop a personal action plan, considering how as a developing leader they can apply this knowledge to create positive outcomes or safe working environments.


Entry requirements

  • Ability to study at level 7
  • 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 start of the module or 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