Teesside University

Teesside University

Transformational Leadership in Health and Social Care

This course supports the promotion, development and sustainability of effective leadership and applied service improvement within health and social care. This is a multi-professional programme to equip team leaders, senior professionals and managers with the knowledge, skills and capabilities of promoting, developing and sustaining leadership behaviours within health and social care practice. It enables students to meet the challenges of improving services to fulfil local needs and improve patient and client outcomes. Year 1 focuses on enabling students to develop a comprehensive and critical understanding of using evidence to lead an improvement project relevant to their own role and workplace. This is supported by self-assessment of personal leadership skills to build on strengths and address challenges to develop action plans for effective future leadership. Year 2 enables students to progress the improvement idea from year 1 through to the implementation stage of the improvement project. This is complemented by a critical and comprehensive understanding of the complexities of working with others. Students consider how to influence these processes to support collaborative change, particularly through working with service users and carers. In year 3 the 15,000-word dissertation: evaluating the impact of service transformation presents a detailed account of the audit or evaluation research project. Students evaluate the impact of the service improvement project and transformation implemented in the leading service improvement in health and social care module.

Entry requirements

Applicants should normally have an Honours degree in a health or social care-related subject or in leadership or management. Applicants with other qualifications and experience may be considered if they can provide evidence of their ability to study at master's level. Such applicants are invited to discuss individual needs with the programme leader. You also need to be in a position in your organisation which enables you to introduce and support research-based transformational change.

Course modules

Year 1 core modules: advanced personal effectiveness in leadership; interdependent working; using evidence to advance quality, safety and governance in health and social care. Year 2 core modules: designing research projects; leading service improvement. Year 3 core modules: dissertation: impact evaluation of leadership performance.

Assessment methods

Assessments require students to evidence their learning in each module by applying theory to practice. They need to demonstrate a critical and comprehensive understanding of theory and the application of service improvement tools and techniques to a change that they initiate in their practice area. The assessments have been specifically designed to capture the learning journey through the programme and the application of theory to practice.

Sponsorship information

Please note that due to current anticipated changes to NHS education and HE funding, information relating to funding will be updated on Teesside University website.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Part-time September 2016 - 3 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Teesside University Middlesbrough TS1 3BA North East

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School of Health and Social Care
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01642 384110