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Course content

Course Overview

This course is based on the NHS Healthcare Leadership Model’s nine dimensions of leadership behaviours. Studying this course will give leaders and aspiring leaders the practical skills and knowledge to work confidently in developing safe, high-quality clinical care and support services. This course provides you with critical appraisals of current policy, ideas, case studies and innovative practice. This course allows you to directly apply learning to your practice through the live assessments and projects and the personal development plan that you will produce. Selected course modules are facilitated by Alternative Strategies (UK) Ltd, one of our a partner organisations.

Course content

You will cover the nine dimensions of leadership behaviour through a series of work-based modules, which explore areas of personal and service development, using useful frameworks, tools and techniques. You will explore the issues related to involving key stakeholders, working with teams and managing organisational dynamics to ensure successful service improvement.

Course modules (17/18)

-Leadership: The People Challenge

-Visions into Practice

-Innovation and Creativity

-Building a Compassionate Culture

-Enhancing Professional Practice

-Growing and Sustaining a Change Culture

-Professional Project

-Evidence-based Practice Review

-Work Placement Opportunity

Module information is quoted for 17/18 entry. Please note that modules run subject to student numbers and staff availability, any changes will be communicated to applicants accordingly.

Methods of Learning

The Leadership in Health and Social Care MSc uses a range of facilitative teaching methods including learning support material, activity-based workshops, webinars and video recorded presentations.


Assessments focus on direct application of learning to your practice and reflection on live projects. You will show evidence of your personal leadership journey through essays, presentations, reports, portfolios and reflective papers.

Facilities and Special Features

We regard supporting our students as a crucial element of this programme. Ongoing professional support during your learning experience is provided through close contact with your Personal Academic Tutor (PAT), who will meet with you a minimum of twice per module.

The University of Northampton is working in partnership with Alternative Strategies (UK) Ltd, provider of Leadership, Organisational Development and Clinical Training Courses, based in Corby, Northamptonshire. Altstrat is the UK’s only independent provider of University-accredited Healthcare Leadership Training and Consultancy. Together the University of Northampton and Altstrat offer joint delivery in the MSc/Postgraduate Certificate in Leadership for Health and Social Care.


This course allows for progression as team and service leaders and beyond, as well as teaching you the practical skills, knowledge and behaviours needed to work confidently in developing high-quality clinical care and support services.Our graduates now hold a range of posts from Board Directors to Ward Managers, citing this programme as being vital to their career progression.

Visit the Leadership for Health and Social Care MSc page on the University of Northampton website for more details!





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