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Leadership for Healthcare Improvement and Innovation

The University of Warwick via FutureLearn


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Based on real-life case studies of improvement and innovation in global healthcare settings, you will explore how leadership can influence strategic outcomes in healthcare organisations during the four weeks of this course.

We will begin by developing your understanding of the general concept of leadership, creating a base from which to consider leadership issues in healthcare. Following this theoretical outline, we will discuss different applications of leadership across a range of healthcare settings. This will include the important dimension of patient and public leadership, often neglected in healthcare organisations, which we will illustrate through case study examples and video interviews with patient leaders. We will also explore the need for leadership on the front line from clinicians, enhancing your understanding of the potential for innovation and improvement when driven by clinicians, whilst also considering the barriers to this involvement.

Using presentations and videos from ‘on the ground’ examples of leadership, we will examine strategies for improvement and innovation in healthcare organisations. These case studies will be drawn from a global context, including the UK, North America, Australia and Africa, enabling us to compare improvement and innovation projects across a range of organisational, demographic and financial contexts.

This course is aimed at everyone with an interest in healthcare improvement. You do not have to work in healthcare, merely have an interest in how innovation can be encouraged in these settings. If you have experience of healthcare (either as a professional or as a service user) you will have the opportunity to share you own knowledge with others as the course progresses.

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Margaret D
by Margaret completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
All those working in healthcare are aware of the need for improvement and innovation. We have the drugs, the technology and the demand but the leadership to deliver is often either lacking or unable to provide solutions.

The course helps to bridge that gap, providing a background to leadership and change management together with examples of successful implementation of change and overcoming the many barriers.

Clinicians and managers can both benefit from the ideas introduced and it is a good starting point for those who may have practical experience in a leadership role but no formal background in areas like quality improvement or innovation.
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