Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Leadership

The Open University

Program Description

Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Leadership

The Open University

Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Leadership

This postgraduate certificate course is targeted at doctors and other clinicians, working both in primary care and in acute services. It offers development in aspects of leadership relevant to you as a clinician working on the ward or in the clinic, so that you can play a fuller role in improving health service quality and discuss performance issues and potential innovations effectively with managerial colleagues. Studying for this postgraduate certificate will deepen your understanding of service performance and clinical team-working. This qualification requires developing detailed improvement plans for the service you are working in.

This postgraduate certificate course is relevant to clinicians at any stage in their post-qualification career. If you are in formal charge of a clinic or practice, you can use your studies to demonstrate and deepen your leadership competence. If you are in a more junior clinical role, you can use your certificate studies to explore leadership opportunities available to you in your current role, demonstrating knowledge and competence needed to a build your promotion case.

The certificate is commenced by study of a series of short tailored distance learning courses, each requiring only 25 or 50 hours of study. When you have several of these courses, you can use them within the framework of an assessment module, which on successful completion will give you 30 credits at postgraduate level. You can then go on to study a further 30-credit postgraduate module. Successful completion of the two modules will enable you to achieve the Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Leadership.

Each CPD course can be studied and completed within 8 to 12 weeks. There are two opportunities a year to register for the assessment module.

Educational aims

The qualification is aimed at doctors, clinicians and other health professionals and provided you with a way in which you can:

  • achieve leadership and organisational competencies required by their professional bodies, the Royal Colleges, through engaging with the practical leadership challenges they face during clinical practice, regardless of stage in career or level of formal managerial responsibility
  • make an effective contribution to the drive to improve quality in health service provision, through creative teamworking and leadership of others.

Teaching, learning and assessment methods

On line exposition, guided reading, activities applying concepts to your own context, assignments requiring critical reflection on work-based activities, EMAs requiring the preparation of well evidenced and argued cases for service improvement or innovation and implementation plans.

Career impact

The modules meet the quality improvement agenda and relate to the medical leadership competency framework.

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5 months
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United Kingdom Buckingham, England
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