Professional Diploma in Leading People and Teams in Healthcare


Program Description

Course details

Leading people and teams is a core function of a manager’s role and research shows that effective people management and developing high performing health teams directly affects patient/service user experiences and outcomes. Healthcare services are delivered to people through people. This programme aims to provide participants with the knowledge, skills and competencies to manage people in healthcare especially those working in and across a complex array of service delivery teams.

Participants will have the opportunity to apply existing and explore new theoretical frameworks; understand regulatory requirements and engage with subject matter experts.

They will consolidate their learning using simulation and directly applying their analytical skills to the work environment via practice-based module assignments.

Face-to-face and online learning resources will support participants learning and experience.

Delivery and design

The Professional Diploma in Leading People and Teams in Healthcare is delivered over nine months with three in-class days per module (nine in-class days in total). On-site classes run from 9 am until 5 pm and all teaching takes place at the Institute of Leadership, Sandyford, Dublin 18.

Applications for the Professional Diploma in Leading People and Teams in Healthcare are accepted on a rolling basis. Currently, there are two intakes each year. The next intake will start in Autumn 2019 (pending accreditation).


  • Module 1: Developing and Demonstrating People Management in Healthcare (10 ECTS)
  • Module 2: Leading People and Managing Resources in the Clinical Context (10 ECTS)
  • Module 3: Leading Change and Quality Improvement in Health Services (10 ECTS)

Learning outcomes

The Professional Diploma in Leading People and Teams in Healthcare aims to:

  • Develop participants’ capacity to understand how leading and managing people and teams contributes to the overall functioning of the healthcare system, organisations, organisational performance and patient/service user outcomes.
  • Develop an understanding of the range of relevant people and team management frameworks and knowledge leading to enhanced and sustained performance.
    Apply skills of leading people and teams particularly in relation to the management of individuals, professional, multi-disciplinary and trans-disciplinary teams.
  • Develop competence in understanding and responding to the healthcare environment, in particular, health economics; regulation and employment law; resourcing and talent management; strategic human resources management and the principles of organisational and clinical governance in leading effective innovative services.
  • Demonstrate the ability to challenge assumptions and to understand the changing environment, question processes, policies and procedures in people management at an individual, team, organisational and systems levels – nationally and internationally.
  • Develop participant’s people management and leadership skills, insight, confidence and awareness necessary to identify and implement evidence-based contemporary people management practices.
  • Develop a strategic and action-orientated mindset that enables participants to critically assess and reflect on the evolving environment with the capacity to implement learning in practice.
  • Develop participants knowledge and skills of reflection and to understand how this contributes to effective people and team management and well being of patients and services in complex adaptive systems.


This programme is delivered over a nine-month period and incorporates three contact days per module (nine contact days in total).

The first intake will commence in Autumn 2019 (pending accreditation).

Entry requirements

All applicants should hold a primary degree and be working in the healthcare sector. As there is an emphasis on clinical leadership, ideally applicants should be working in a clinical setting.

For applicants who don’t hold a primary degree, there is a recognition of prior learning (RPL) pathway outlined below.

Recognition of prior learning

The RCSI regulations for RPL provide a process and framework for validating and placing a value on prior learning for the purpose of:

  • A. Admission
  • B. Exemption
  • C. Advanced entry/transfer between programmes

The EU Council (2012) defines validation as a process of confirmation by an authorised body that an individual has acquired learning outcomes measured against a relevant standard which consists of four distinct phases:

  1. Identification – dialogue of particular experiences of an individual
  2. Documentation – making visible the individuals experiences
  3. Assessment – formal assessment of these experiences
  4. Certification – the results of the assessment

These regulations are intended for use by the RCSI staff and faculty involved in admissions processes relating to applicants seeking an assessment of their prior learning for the purposes of admission, exemption or advanced entry/transfer between programmes and to provide clarity and direction for candidates during their application process.

Fees and funding

Student Fees

  • EU applicants: €5,750
  • Non-EU applicants: €11,500

Please note

  • The tuition includes all resources, including core textbooks, access to our award-winning online learning portal and access to extensive RCSI-only databases.
  • The tuition fee is also inclusive of a NUI fee.
  • Fees are payable via instalments or in one lump sum.
  • We ask that students who are being sponsored or funded by their employer forward us on a funding confirmation letter. This can be sent to
Last updated September 2019

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