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The MSc Healthcare Leadership aims to meet development needs for the health and social care sectors, which are undergoing significant change. It is a vocationally-focused academic programme, intended to prepare professionals from the health sector, social care and related professions to become effective leaders and better managers in the workplace.

The programme will offer the opportunity to engage with key theory, but also to understand the specific contextual relevance in the NHS and social care, through delivery by specialists from both the University of Wolverhampton Business School and the School of Health and Wellbeing.

Upon completion of the course you will have an understanding of: perspectives on leadership, leadership theories and practice; how these apply in health and social care sectors during transition and change; how to appraise the micro and macro environments of the health and social care sectors and how to lead and manage within the complexity of these environments. Additionally, you will have learned how to improve performance through reflective practice, achieved via a range of teaching and learning methods and delivered within a contextually relevant but academically challenging programme of study.

Why Wolverhampton?

The MSc Healthcare Leadership focuses on critical leadership skills and qualities and provides opportunities for a greater understanding of both sectors, mirroring the increased harmonisation and partnered working models in the NHS and social care contexts.

The programme is delivered by specialists from the Business School and the School of Health and Wellbeing, who are involved in significant advisory roles and research within health and social care locally, regionally and nationally, and who participate in national communities of practice – developing and sharing expertise across the UK.

You will leave the programme not just with a range of skills, but with the confidence to lead within the complexity of health and social care environments.

Career path

This programme has been designed specifically to provide relevant knowledge and skills for those acting in a leadership role in the health and social care sectors. Past students have successfully applied their learning in their clinical or social care roles, effecting organisational improvement and have contributed to research in health care leadership – becoming knowledgeable, skilled, innovative and effective leaders.

What skills will you gain?

At the end of this course you, the student, will be able to:

  1. Critically apply knowledge, understanding and skills appropriate to a professional leadership role, within the health, health-related or social care sectors.
  2. Critically debate the key concepts and theoretical positions that have been developed, or are developing, within leadership and professional development.
  3. Reflect on the academic and practical application of leadership theories and practices in the health and social care context.
  4. Analyse theory and context, delivering findings through effective presentation media, to become a confident, digitally literate and innovative health or social care leader.
  5. Critically appraise professional standards within the health and social care sectors and recognise obligations to stakeholders, the profession and society.
  6. Synthesise relevant critical thinking through academic research completing an independent research project/dissertation at masters level.

Visit the Healthcare Leadership - MSc page on the University of Wolverhampton website for more details!

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