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Clinical Leadership

This programme is designed to provide you with a unique opportunity for developing and enhancing your clinical leadership skills and reputation for the effective leadership of health care professionals.

Who is the programme for?
This programme is for healthcare professionals, administrative and practitioners who wish to enhance their leadership and management capacities.

Programme Objectives
The objectives of the programme are to provide you with self confidence and the prerequisite knowledge, skills and attitudes to perform effectively as clinical leaders in health care. It also aims to raise personal, professional and public awareness of the contribution of professional care to improved health outcomes.

What will I learn?
Detailed conceptual knowledge and understanding of different domains of leadership competency and building organizational capacity in a wide variety of healthcare settings.

•Theoretical knowledge of frameworks of leadership development and leading communities of practice
•Knowledge of clinical leadership and originality and reflective practice in leading change in the service
•The application of clinical leadership skills which are at the forefront of informed practice to improve the delivery of services
•Knowledge to diagnose and analyse their personal leadership development needs and styles
•Develop the ability to use frameworks for clinical leadership development in their own organisation
•Formulate responses to well defined current and future problems through shaping strategic and operational change in their particular aspect of the health service
•The ability to deal with complex leadership and management problems including people management issues and make informed judgements about leadership situations in the absence of complete or consistent information
•Expertise in taking a leading position in setting up and working in communities of practice
•Effective collaboration as members and leaders of their respective professions within a multidisciplinary team context
•Execute a programme of action research to investigate work based problems
•The ability to work in teams to achieve results and to clearly identify their professional contribution to outcomes of care
•The learning skills to apply a range of change management frameworks and techniques in bringing about significant organisational change
•Validate personal knowledge of leadership styles
The learning skills to undertake further self directed initiatives in improving practice

How will I benefit?
This programme will be of benefit to those who wish to become better leaders in healthcare organisations. Credit obtained from this programme will readily contribute to an MSc degree for those who wish to pursue that option in the future.

Entry requirements

Applicant must have Level 8 academic award in health or allied health profession

APL will be considered for applicants with relevant and appropriate qualification and experience and working in a health or social care related area.


1 year full-time.

Careers or further progression

Careers / where can I go?
With your newly developed management and leadership skills, you can work in a health care environment in a number of areas including:
• Management
• Administration
• Leadership
• Human Resource Management
• Practice development
• Advanced nursing and clinical specialties
• Education/professional development

Further enquiries

Bernadette Manley
Tel: +353 1 716 6499

Dr Phil Halligan
B303, UCD Health Sciences Centre
Tel: +353 1 716 6420

Subjects taught

This programme is offered over one year.

Core modules:
•Leadership & Organisational Dynamics
•Quality, Patient Safety & Outcomes
•Finance & Budgeting in Health
•Research Methods applied to Healthcare
•Clinical Governance
•Developing Leadership Competency

Careers/where can I go?

With your newly developed management and leadership skills, you can work in a health-care environment in a number of areas including:
• Management
• Administration
• Leadership
• Human Resource Management
• Practice Development
• Advanced Nursing and Clinical Specialties
• Education/Professional Development


Teaching Methods
The main approach to teaching and learning is action–centred, as participants will typically work in 'live' organisation based issues and problems, and will be constantly working with and learning from other senior professionals in face-to-face and online group activities. A range of teaching and learning strategies will be used, comprising tutorials, group work and workshops. A blended model to teaching and learning is a deliberate part of the programme to facilitate flexibility and accessibility.

Information technology
Blackboard, a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) that supports online learning and teaching, is used extensively.

Application date

Applications are made online through UCD Applications. ​Applicants may be required to undertake an interview (either face-to-face or via telecommunication) as part of the admission process.

Enrolment and start dates

Programme currently under review for 2018

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