*Applications are open to staff from across SWAST, however please be mindful that delivery of this module may be face-to-face, so some travel may be required. Please contact UWE directly if you have any queries about this.*
Travel costs are not supported as part of this module funding. Please contact the university directly if you have any questions regarding delivery mode.*
Prior to applying or expressing an interest in a module place please ensure you have checked that you meet the entry requirements and that you have checked the application deadline. 

The 20 credit level 6 (UZTSVU-20-3) or level 7 (UZTSVV-20-M) Leadership and Innovation module will allow you to critically reflect on the development of your own leadership skills to consider how best to deliver and enhance collaborative working across organisational boundaries and systems.

You will be able to appraise theories of organisational culture, leadership and change and your influence as ‘enablers’ to service improvement, quality, governance and the service user experience.

During the course, we will explore coaching and mentoring tools that focus on developing leadership skills, knowledge and professional practices that enhance you and your team’s performance.

Alongside this, you will learn to utilise professional influencing and negotiating skills as part of your leadership repertoire whilst being able to demonstrate an understanding of the broad economic structure of the NHS and how this impacts on local finance and organisation at unit level you will reflect on this structure and the policy drivers that impact on service users, individuals and teams in a system in perpetual change.


Careers / Further study

The Level 6 module can contribute towards:

  • BSc(Hons) Specialist Practice (District Nursing)
  • BSc(Hons) Health and Social Care
  • MSc Specialist Practice (District Nursing)
  • MSc Advanced Practice
  • Professional Development Award

The level 7 module can contribute towards:

  • MSc Specialist Practice (District Nursing)
  • MSc Advanced Practice
  • Professional Development Awards

The module syllabus typically includes:

  • Theories of clinical and managerial leadership
  • Understanding change, innovation and transformation in NHS and wider health care systems
  • Understanding self, in relation to the leadership role- resilience, mindfulness and emotional intelligence
  • Inter collegial/professional/cross boundary-sector working
  • Authentic and distributive leadership models and modes of practice
  • Coaching: principles and practice
  • Autocracy, authority, autonomy – Scope of practice
  • Political, regulatory and cultural enablers and barriers to successful change
  • Negotiation skills
  • Policies related to contemporary Health & Social care services
  • Economic structure of healthcare provision  and local and organisation finance models
  • Service improvement and enhancement
  • The capabilities, practices and norms that promote and contribute to the formation of and effective working relationships of teams


Learning and Teaching

Current approaches which comprise of seminars, action learning sets, group work, problem solving exercises, critical review of research and policy, utilisation of prior knowledge, reflection and challenge from peers.

Study time

48 contact hours. These will take the form of group activities, case study, work-based learning or project supervision, workshops and online activities.


  • An evidence-based poster relating to a change proposal for service improvement.
  • A five-minute presentation with ten minutes of critical questioning to ascertain wide reading and knowledge of leadership models and approaches and change management theory.

Level M indicates that you wish to study at Masters level, and Levels 1-3 indicate that you wish to study at Degree (Undergraduate) level.

  • UZTSVU-20-3
  • UZTSVV-20-M
There are a number of cohorts running.

All times: 09:00-16:30

All locations: Hybrid – online with one date at UWE Glenside campus


Cohort 1
28/08/24 04/09/24 11/09/24 18/09/24 25/09/24 02/10/24 09/10/24 13/11/24


Cohort 2
23/10/24 30/10/24 06/11/24 13/11/24 20/11/24 27/11/24 04/12/24 08/01/25


Cohort 3
15/01/25 22/01/25 29/01/25 19/02/25 26/02/25 05/03/25 12/03/25 26/03/25


Cohort 4
05/03/25 12/03/25 19/03/25 26/03/25 02/04/25 09/04/25 16/04/25 21/05/25


Cohort 5
30/04/25 07/05/25 14/05/25 21/05/25 28/05/25 04/06/25 11/06/25 09/07/25


**Dates, format & timings correct at time of publishing (May 2024). Cohort capacity is managed by UWE, so it is not possible to guarantee run until successfully enrolled. Most up to date information on dates can either be found here or will be available the UWE Dashboard (if you are a successfully enrolled applicant)

Please fill in the expression of interest form below and click submit.

Expression of interest deadline: Monday 15th July 2024, 9am.

You will be contacted up to 2 weeks after this to let you know if you have been successful as the CPD scoring process

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The protected characteristics monitoring form is separate to the main application form above; completion is optional & anonymous. We ask for information on your ‘protected characteristics’ in order to help us monitor our performance on equality.

If you have already completed this form since April 2024 & nothing has changed, there is no need to complete again.

For further information about the module, please click here. If you have any queries specifically regarding the module, please contact UWE Admissions Office by email on HAS.CPD@uwe.ac.uk or call 0117 328 1158.

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The deadline for applications for this module has now passed. Please do not apply for funding via the UWE website, as your funding application will be rejected. Occasionally spaces open up closer to the date. If this happens we will either re-open applications again or offer these places on a first come first come basis via SWAST CPD and CPD mailing lists. Or contact us to enquire.