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Clinical Leadership and Change Management in Cardiology

These modules aim to support clinicians and healthcare professionals to deliver novel, transformational approaches to improve the quality of care for people living with cardiac conditions, from theoretical and patient-based care to population-based care.

Course description

All modules can be studied individually as part of your continuing professional development portfolio.

The modules are also available as part of the MSc Clinical Leadership and Leading Change in Cardiology and Postgraduate Diploma Clinical Leadership and Leading Change in Cardiology.  Each standalone 20 credit level 7 module runs once per academic year and is delivered entirely online via distance-learning.

All teaching is delivered via our virtual learning environment, Learning Central, by a diverse, multi-professional team. You will actively participate in your learning experience which will include written materials, web links, recorded lectures, online group work and discussions facilitated by experienced clinicians/educators.

Assignments will be clinically-focused and appropriate to your learning needs, area of practice and interest. A variety of assessment methods are used and, depending on the module(s) you choose, may include:

  • wiki development
  • blogs
  • multiple choice questions
  • group work
  • development of guidelines/Powerpoint presentations.

Please refer to the course page for full details of each of the modules.

Available modules

This module places cardiology in the context of the individual who lives with a cardiovascular condition and the impact it has on their family. It considers the healthcare resources required to provide early preventative strategies, to diagnose, manage and evaluate care. It also explores care at a population level evaluating the impact on the population as a whole, care costs and disease burden.

You will reflect on preventative strategies and what works best, how early diagnosis and case finding strategies support the reduction on health and financial cost to the individual, his or her carers, the health care system and society.

Engagement and public health strategies will be evaluated with regard to variations within localities and globally reflecting on theories such as inverse care laws and the link between areas of deprivation and heart disease. This will allow you to reflect on why variations exist, how best to address the inherent challenges (for example, within health care provision) and the impact of not meeting these challenges leading to the increased burden of complications such as stroke, myocardial infarction etc.

The focus in this module is prevention, early management and acute care.

Module dates

  • 9 December 2019-2 March 2020

For transformational change at all levels (team, local, national, and global) to be successful, it requires an understanding of how healthcare is organised, an appreciation of the drivers that are used to support and develop care, and comparisons to other models that are effective. This module will help you learn how to synthesise theories, evidence, epidemiological data and stakeholder engagement to critically reflect on how proposed changes fit with your health care environment. It also offers an opportunity to reflect on how the study of global initiatives can help in making changes innovative and sustainable.

Emphasis will be placed on approaches and challenges in public and service user involvement in shaping health care as well as the wider consideration of how social, cultural and economic factors shape health and illness and influence the organisation and financing of health care and health systems.

Module dates

  • 9 December 2019-16 March 2020

We reserve the right to cancel the delivery of a standalone module. This could happen if a course is under-subscribed or if there is a change in circumstances. This is due to the fact that some modules have minimum student numbers required before they can run. This is to ensure that an appropriate quality of education can be delivered. When this happens, we will issue a full or partial refund depending on whether any classes took place.

Entry requirements

In addition to satisfying the University’s minimum entry requirements, including English language requirements, applicants must:

  • hold a higher education qualification (minimum of BSc Hons 2:2)
  • be currently working in a relevant clinical area.

Applicants who do not meet the above requirements should contact the Postgraduate Taught Admissions Team, School of Medicine for advice.

How to apply

Please contact our Postgraduate Taught Medical Admissions Team at for details on how to apply.

Funding and fees

Please check our fees pages for tuition fees for these programmes.

Contact details

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