Strategic Leadership for Healthcare

Key information

Start date: 01 March 2022

Attendance dates:

March 2022: 01, 02, 15, 16, 22, 23


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

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 aims

This module invites you to critically review your assumptions about leadership and management and to reflect on your own and your organisation’s leadership practices. This will be achieved through exploring and analysing key leadership and management issues in health and social care, with the emphasis on challenging and debating contemporary theory and practice.

Learning outcomes

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

  • Critically analyse current leadership issues within health and social care practice
  • Critique key leadership theories, appreciating their theoretical underpinnings and evaluating their practice implications
  • Take a broad view of the political, organisational and policy issues impacting the delivery of services
  • Reflect critically on your own leadership style and impact.

Course content

Indicative module content includes:

  • Theory and practice of strategic leadership
  • Leading effective teams
  • Understanding organisational culture and its impact on care delivery
  • The politics of healthcare
  • Staff welfare
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Strategy.

Learning and teaching methods

For the 2020/21 curriculum our CPD modules will be delivered using hybrid learning. This means that depending on the subject and content of learning and teaching, modules may be delivered solely online or via a combination of face to face and online delivery, however for all programmes face to face contact time will be reduced, as per Government guidelines and to ensure the reduction of risk for all. Further information can be sought from the course leader (see below).

Usual learning and teaching methods include:

  • Interactive lectures
  • Group discussions
  • Experiential activities
  • Podcasts
  • DVD
  • E-learning.


A critical reflection on a leadership issue within the your own area of practice.

Word count: 3,000 words

Course leader

Reading list

Take a look at the module reading list.

Entry requirements

  • Ability to study at level 7
  • Professional registration as a healthcare professional:
    • Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)
    • Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
  • Working in health and social care.

Fees and funding


How to apply

Please download and fill in an application form.

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.

Send your completed application back to us at the address or email included on the form.

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 more.