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Developing Potential in Others HEA4507


The people who work in health and social care are its greatest asset and are key to delivering high-quality care. The workforce crisis will be the key limiting factor on efforts to boost NHS activity and tackle the rising backlog of care. Improving the retention of staff when many are experiencing burnout and significant numbers are intending to leave poses a significant challenge. Collective, compassionate, and inclusive leadership is required to create cultures in which staff want to work and build their careers.

Effective leaders need to have the requisite skills to optimise outcomes in a diverse range of situations in health, social care, and medicine. Their ability to push boundaries and challenge the status quo engenders their ability to get the most out of their team members through effective development of the potential of others. How individual team members navigate their career is often influenced by the knowledge, skills, values, and behaviours of leaders that they have observed and learned from. This module will enable students to learn from their past experience and champion new approaches to develop the potential in others.

Module code:HEA4507
Module credits:20
Cost for new students:£1000 for 2024/25 academic year

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Who is this module for?

This module is applicable to participants working within health and social care, with the responsibility for leading and developing others, to reach their full potential. This is an area of focus in modern healthcare delivery whereby staff are expected to enhance their knowledge, understanding, skills and behaviours that engender their lifelong skills through a self-driven approach, to ensure an effective long-term career, allowing each to achieve their optimum potential.

What are the key aims of the module?

The module aims to support and develop students to:

  • Critically explore a range of strategies employed to develop the potential of employees.
  • Critically analyse the feasibility of a proposed strategy to be implemented within the student’s own context of practice.
  • Critically reflect on the personal development required to implement the proposed strategy.

How will I study?

Mode of delivery: Blended learning based on a hybrid Model.
This module will be delivered through blended learning based on a hybrid model. A hybrid model is ‘an educational approach where some individuals participate in-person and some participate online synchronously (at the same time).’ The tutor(s) deliver sessions and teach remote and in-person learners synchronously using appropriate technology, meaning that the students are taught together in ‘real time’. This means some of your teaching sessions will be delivered in-person and some are online synchronous delivery. If you are unable to attend in-person, with your Module Leader’s permission, you can attend the in-person teaching session, online synchronously.

What will I study?

In relation to the theory, applied principles and tools to support activity, the content will cover:

  • Coaching and coaching conversations
  • Coaching tools
  • Compassionate leadership
  • Unlocking potential
  • Solution focused approaches
  • Appreciative appraisals
  • Creating an inclusive, compassionate, and diverse culture
  • Action learning

How will I be assessed?

The assessment of this module will be in two parts:

Formative assessment:

Formative assessment is integral to this module throughout the teaching and learning sessions inclusive of assessments. This will be delivered through the application of seminars, peer to peer support/development and action learning sets. Students will have the opportunity to submit a draft of their summative assessments for review and feedback.


Summative assessment:

A 4000-word assignment that explores a range of strategies designed to develop the potential in employees, examines the feasibility of a strategy for use within the student’s own context of practice, and considers personal development needs to implement the proposed strategy.

On successful completion you will:

  • Develop the requisite skills to optimise outcomes in a diverse range of situations in health, social care and medicine.
  • Develop your ability to push boundaries and challenge the status quo to get the most out of your team members through effective development of the potential of others.
  • Develop a strategy, underpinned by your personal action plan, to effect optimal potential of employee.

Study dates and venues

Venue: Ormskirk Campus, Edge Hill University

Starts: Wednesday 5 February 2025

Session times:

  • Wednesday 5 February 2025, 9am - 4pm
  • Wednesday 19 February 2025, 9am – 4pm
  • Wednesday 5 March 2025, 9am – 4pm
  • Wednesday 19 March 2025, 9am - 4pm
  • Wednesday 9 April 2025, 9am - 4pm
  • Wednesday 30 April 2025, 9am – 4pm
  • Final submission date: Monday 26 May 2025

How to apply

Module availability varies from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Due to the popularity of some modules it may be that the module is fully booked when your application is received. We will include your details on a waiting list and allocate you a place on the next available intake.

For details of how to apply, please visit the apply page.

If you have any queries about studying with us, please complete the online enquiry form.

Contact us

For further information regarding module content, please contact Charlotte Moen, Module Lead: 01695 657028, email

For any other queries, you can contact the Medical School


This module is an optional module within the MSc Leadership Development Programme, Clinical Leadership, Leadership & Management and Medical Leadership & Management pathways. It is also an optional module within the PGC Medical Leadership programme.

This module can also be accessed by students registered to any healthcare Masters programme.