Strategic Leadership for Healthcare

Key information

Start date:
11 February 2025
Attendance dates:

11, 25 February 2025

04, 11, 18, 25 March 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 advanced leadership learning, elevating thinking to an organisational and strategic level for clinical and non-clinical staff in or stepping into organisational-level roles. Participants will be empowered to explore the complexity of the internal and external organisational environments, valuing openness, collaboration, and the need for continuous organisational learning. They will be enabled to recognise and analyse the factors that are key to strategic planning and successfully fulfilling organisational aims and purpose. 

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

Learning outcomes

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

  • Upon completion of the module, students will be able to:
  • Critically analyse the impact of the external context on organisational strategy.
  • Critically select and analyse organisational information to support strategic planning.
  • Demonstrate critical understanding of the theory underpinning organisational strategy building and principles of strategic plans.
  • Reflect on their own strategic decision-making capabilities and operation at an organisational level.

Course content

Indicative module content includes:

  • Consideration of the impact of the organisational context, starting with the influence of policy, national drivers and funding in UK healthcare environment.
  • Understanding organisations and organisational culture, purpose and practice.
  • Theories of strategic working, creating organisational strategy and dealing with uncertainty.
  • Leading with courage and vulnerability.
  • Principles of learning organisations, including managing performance failure and mistakes.
  • The process of collaboration, integrated systems and partnership working.
  • Workforce planning, financial strategy and business case development.
  • Data driven decision making and evaluating information.

Learning and teaching methods

Learning and teaching methods include:

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


A strategic plan relating to a key issue in the student’s organisation which includes:

  • Rational for change based on policy, other external drivers, and organisational data.
  • Strategic aims
  • Proposed strategy underpinned by theory and existing evidence.
  • Reflection on the challenges for the student personally in implementing this strategy.

Word count: 3,000 words

Course leader

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Dr Magdalena Zasada

Lecturer in Workforce, Organisation and Wellbeing

Reading list

Take a look at the module reading list.

Entry requirements

  • Ability to study at level 7
  • Leading People in Health and Social Care module or equivalent.

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 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

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