SHE Level 5
SCQF Credit Points 15.00
ECTS Credit Points 7.50
Module Code MMB724477
Module Leader Bernadette Bradley
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Nursing
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)
  • C (May start)

Summary of Content

In the context of complex and rapidly changing health care environments within community settings this integrated theory-practice based module aims to provide students with the opportunity to evaluate the concepts of leadership and change management. Drawing upon learners' existing knowledge base and experience of leadership, students will therefore explore professional change implementation. The concepts, theories and issues introduced during this module are intended to stimulate critical thinking, creativity and debate. It is envisaged that study of this module will enable students to consider how effective leadership contributes to care delivery by interpreting the key principles of leadership and managing change effectively at professional, organisational and strategic levels. For SCPHN students, and in accordance with Scottish Government the role of the Named Person (SG 2014) an with programme stipulations (NMC 2004) this module contains 100 hours of SCPHN (Health Visiting) programme related practice.


Political and Social Drivers for Change Change Management Leadership Theory Motivation Communication Emotional Intelligence Partnership Working

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module the student should be able to:1. Critically analyse and evaluate relevant social and political healthcare drivers which generate a need for change in community settings2. Evaluate contemporary theories of leadership, reflecting on the relevance of leadership in the context of healthcare delivery.3. Critically evaluate relevant change mangement theories and strategies, offering comment on their direct application for community nursing practice.4. Evaluate factors that influence effective change management within professional and organisational settings.5. Critically comment on establishing effective relationships and emotional intelligence by evaluating relevant theory in relation to effective communication in community settings.6. Critically evaluate the theoretical aspects and challenges of partnership working.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The teaching and learning strategy involves a range of student centred methods including lectures, case study based seminars and groups work. The virtual learning environment, GCU Learn, will provide a platform for peer support and independent study materials. These resources will provide opportunities for students to enhance skills of evaluation and synthesis and develop creative and original responses to knowledge and understanding of the subject commensurate with SCQF Level 11 characteristics. Similarly academic guidance will be provided on an individual and groups basis. Students will have the opportunity to submit a short formative essay plan. Depending on demand this module may be delivered blended or on line, however students will not be able to alternate between both mediums. In relation to the practice component of 100 hours practice associated with this module, the student and practice teacher will work together to identify learning needs, accessing a range of experiences that will contribute to student learning. The designated practice teacher will be responsible for assessing the student's competence in meeting the practice learning outcomes.

Indicative Reading

Adair, J., 2009, How to grow Leaders: The 7 key principles of effective development. London: Kogan Page. Barr J. & Dowling L. 2015, Leadership in Health Care (3 rd edn), London: Sage. Cottrell, P. 2011, Critical thinking skills: developing Effective Analysis and Argument, Palgrave MacMillan, Hampshire. Coutler, A., Collins, A., 2011 Making Shared Decision-Making a Reality. The King's Fund: London. Cox, C, Hill, M, Lack V., 2011, Advanced Practice in Healthcare: Skills for Nurses & Allied Health professionals .London: Routeledge. Gopee N. Galloway J, 2013 Leadership and Management in Healthcare (2 nd edn). London: Sage. Hargie, O. 2011, Skilled Interpersonal Communication. Research, Theory and Practice (5 th edn) Routledge: London. Hayes J. 2014, The Theory and Practice of Change Management (4 th edn), Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan. Lewis, J.P., 2007, Fundamentals of Project Management (3 rd edn) Amacon Books: New York. Lock, D. 2007, Project Management (9 th edn) Gower Publishing: Aldershot. McCabe, C, Timmins, F., 2011, Communication skills for nursing practice. Palgrave MacMillan: London. NHS Leadership Academy, 2011, Clinical Leadership Competency Framework. NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement: Coventry. Northouse, P.G., 2014, Leadership: Theory and Practice (3 rd edn) London: Sage. Parkin, P, 2009, Managing Change in Healthcare: Using Action Research, London Sage. Paton, R.A. McCalman, J. 2008, Change Management: A Guide to Effective Implementation, London: Sage. Useful Websites NHS Education Scotland <> Scottish Government <> Dept. of Health<> Institute of Advanced Leadership <> NHS Leadership Academy <> Institute for Innovation and Improvement <> The Kings Fund: Ideas that change healthcare <>

Transferrable Skills

-360 - Work in a self-directed manner, taking responsibility for own learning, personal development and practice competence. - Develop communication and IT skills to underpin effective learning - Communicate effectively in both written and oral forms - Work effectively with others - Underpin professional development by integration of theory and practice.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Independent Learning (FT) 94.00
Lectures (FT) 24.00
Seminars (FT) 12.00
Assessment (FT) 20.00
Practicals (FT) 100.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Essay n/a 100.00 50% 3000 word essay
Placement 01 n/a 0.00 50% Practice Teacher Assessment of practice