BMidwif Midwifery

Year of entry: 2022

Course unit details:
Contemporary Leadership in Healthcare

Unit code NURS21292
Credit rating 10
Unit level Level 2
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Offered by Nursing & Midwifery
Available as a free choice unit? No

Overview

This unit of academic study enables students to understand the need for sound leadership within healthcare settings with a clear focus upon midwifery practice. Leadership is integral to providing a high standard of care, preventing and learning from mistakes and developing self and others. Therefore it is essential that students recognise their personal qualities and utilise opportunities to develop these.

The unit provides students with the tools to critically evaluate models and approaches to leadership and to apply those in a range of 21st century healthcare and wider contexts. We have explicit permission to use freely the Royal College of Midwives Leadership Competency Framework as part of the unit.  Further, the unit will show the relationship between contemporary issues and the practice of leadership. These will include both local and international issues such as women's global health issues and sustainable healthcare.

The unit is delivered via a mix of face to face and Blackboard learning supported by a range e-learning activities. There will be an opportunity for inter professional learning. The unit comprises e learning modules that explore a range of leadership issues and challenges

  • Introduction to Leadership theory
  • Problems and problem solving
  • Service delivery and team working
  • Leadership & social Responsibility

The acquisition of such evidence based knowledge and skills should help prepare students, as future health care professionals to make their own opportunities to prepare for lifelong learning and continuing professional development (NMC 2009). This also upholds elements of the Code (NMC 2018) : ‘You should be a model of integrity and leadership for others to aspire to’.

Aims

  • Encourage an understanding of the importance of leadership of self and others
  • Broaden intellectual and cultural interests
  • Challenge and equip students to confront personal values and make ethical judgements
  • Prepare graduates for citizenship and leadership in relation to the changing needs of healthcare provision
  • Enhance employability
  • To enable students to discuss ways of solving leadership challenges in an inter professional setting

by:

  • Critically evaluate models of leadership and consider those most appropriate for use in a healthcare setting
  • Encourage reflection of actions of self and others, so that students relate different models of leadership to clinical practice
  • Explore  issues of leadership from a local, national and international perspective through a series of interactive learning modules with contributions from leaders and academics across a range of disciplines
  • Provide  an insight into leadership that supports economic, social and environmental sustainability in the context of midwifery practice both nationally and internationally
  • Enable   students develop a range of skills to equip them for leadership in the 21st century which responds to the changing needs of healthcare and the NHS

Aims

  • encourage an understanding of the importance of leadership of self and others
  • broaden intellectual and cultural interests
  • challenge and equip students to confront personal values and make ethical judgements
  • prepare graduates for citizenship and leadership in diverse, global environments
  • enhance employability

    By:

  • critically evaluating models of leadership and considering the distinction between models grounded in research and practice, versus models that reflect fads or fashion
  • encouraging self-reflection, so that students relate different models of leadership to their current and future contexts
  • exploring issues of leadership from a local, national and international perspective through a series of interactive learning modules with contributions from leaders and academics across a range of disciplines
  • providing an insight into leadership that supports economic, social and environmental sustainability
  • enabling students to develop a range of skills to equip them for leadership in the 21st Century e.g. communication, problem solving, critical analysis, cultural awareness and team working
  • providing students with an opportunity to reflect on the ethical dimension of professional and civic life and to equip them with a balanced and liberal understanding of wider issues facing 21st century societies.

Teaching and learning methods

Learning will be facilitated by key note lectures introducing key theoretical concepts – these will be predominantly online. There will also be some shared learning with other professional groups such as students on the Bachelor of Nursing in order to facilitate teamwork. Teaching methods such as group work incorporating case study discussion and reflection on practice will be utilised within the e-learning units. Learning will be supported by online engagement with materials and directed reading. Students will be encouraged to explore relevant material in self-directed study.

Knowledge and understanding

A1 Understand and critically evaluate a range of different models and theories of leadership

A2 Relate models and theories of leadership to personal and wider healthcare practice

A3 Identify ways in which leaders influence change in relation to midwifery practice

A4 Appreciate different styles of leadership within the culture of the NHS and other related organisations

Intellectual skills

B1 Develop critical evaluation skills through the analysis of models and theories of leadership

B2 Develop reflective learning skills through the application of models and theories to clinical practice and the student as a leader

B3 Critically evaluate different leadership approaches to sustainable healthcare and global women's health

Practical skills

C1 Understand, reflect on and evaluate, their own leadership style using a variety of tools

C2 Appreciate how to apply leadership skills in an academic and healthcare context as a student midwife and NMC registrant

C3 Appreciate the importance of teamwork in a variety of healthcare settings

C4 Contribute effectively to online activities as face to face sessions

Transferable skills and personal qualities

D1 Understand themselves and their leadership styles

D2 Understand the styles, preferences and tendencies of others and how these impact upon management and employability

D3 Demonstrate skills that contribute to effective leadership, including influencing, critical thinking and communication skills

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Written assignment (inc essay) 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 30
Tutorials 25
Independent study hours
Independent study 46

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Helen White Unit coordinator

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