MSc Advanced Leadership for Professional Practice (Nursing)

Year of entry: 2024

Course unit details:
Developing Practice and Managing Change

Course unit fact file
Unit code NURS60141
Credit rating 15
Unit level FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree
Teaching period(s) Variable teaching patterns
Available as a free choice unit? No


Students will be provided with an opportunity to examine a range of literature, research and policy relevant to change management and practice development within organisational contexts. Students will critically analyse core theories and strategies for change management and leadership, considering the application of these to the development and implementation of evidence based practice, service improvement/ re-design and innovation. 


  • Enable students to develop an in depth understanding of leadership, change management theory and strategies, and factors influencing the development and implementation of evidence based practice and service models in the context of health and social care settings.
  • Equip students with the knowledge and skills to contribute to the implementation of evidence based, patient and carer focussed, service developments, change and innovation within a range of health and social care contexts.

Teaching and learning methods

This unit of learning utilises a range of learning methods to enable students to develop their knowledge and skills and meet the outcomes of the unit. These include online keynote podcasts/videos to provide an insight into key concepts and guide further study (directed study), experiential learning tasks to help bring topics to life and practice acquired skills in safe settings (workshops), guided discussion around practice related issues and proposed strategies for dealing with them; helping students to make the links between theory and practice (group-based/action learning sets), opportunities to discuss their own personal goals and progress (individual tutorials) and opportunities to reflect on their own skills and project development (workbooks and directed study). Whilst it is not a requirement for the unit, students are also encouraged to make contact with someone within their locality who is specifically tasked with leading particular service developments/improvements; for example a local service manager, nurse consultant or other senior member of staff. If possible, students may wish to negotiate a short placement with them in order to shadow someone who is attempting to implement change in practice or at least arrange to discuss their project(s) with them focussing particularly on understanding the nature and processes they are using to bring about change

Knowledge and understanding

  • Critically appraise research, policy and literature related to translation of research and evidence into routine health and social care practice.
  • Critically appraise national and local policy pertaining to contemporary health and social care provision and service delivery, identifying barriers to implementation and critically appraising potential solutions to overcome them.
  • Critically evaluate a range of service options and designs to promote evidence based, patient and carer centred services for individuals, families and communities.

Intellectual skills

  • Critically evaluate change theories and strategies to manage change within organisations and apply these to the development of health and social care services
  • Critically examine a range of leadership theories and styles relevant to the implementation of organisational change, service development and innovation
  • Critically appraise concepts and measures of quality and quality assurance and their links with the effective and efficient management of resources

Practical skills

  • Identify and analyse developments necessary within health and social care services to meet national and local policy directives for service development and change
  • Utilise a range of tools and methods to critically analyse organisational readiness for change including the identification of driving and restraining forces and methods to overcome resistance.
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of strategies for service development, change and innovation through the use of effective leadership and change management skills and the engagement of key stakeholders including patients and where appropriate their carers. 

Transferable skills and personal qualities

  • Communicate effectively (verbal, non-verbal, written) in a variety of settings with a range of individuals.
  • Effectively utilise information technology/ health informatics.
  • Demonstrate research and enquiry skills by accessing and analysing literature in order to inform and develop practice.
  • Work co-operatively and effectively with others as a member of a team.
  • Reflect on their own academic and clinical performance and utilise strategies to improve these.
  • Use logical and systematic approaches to problem-solving and decision making

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Oral assessment/presentation 100%

Feedback methods

Students will normally have the opportunity to receive feedback on formative work submitted prior to the summative assessment. Other feedback opportunities will also be available in class and online discussion boards. Online feedback is provided in Grademark. Provisional feedback based on internal marking will be made available prior to the Exam Board on the basis that these marks are yet to be ratified at the Exam Board and therefore may be subject to change. A standard feedback mechanism in Grademark is utilised across all postgraduate programmes within the School which provides detailed and constructive feedback on each component and aspect of assessment and identifies areas of strength and those aspects which could be enhanced.

Student feedback is obtained through open discussion forums on blackboard, in class discussions, via formal University unit evaluation forms and also qualitative, in house evaluations at the end of the unit. 

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Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 18
Tutorials 2
Independent study hours
Independent study 130

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Kevin Bailey Unit coordinator

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