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Medical Leadership HEA4117


HEA4117 Medical Leadership is a 20 credit, Masters level module, delivered in partnership with the Royal College of Physicians. The module is designed to address and is mapped to, the Medical Leadership curriculum, and as such, the module content is based on the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management Standards (2016), namely Self Awareness & Self Development, Personal Resilience, Drive and Energy, Effective Teamwork, Cross-Team Collaboration, Corporate Team Player and Corporate Culture & Innovation, System Leadership. The curriculum is also mapped to the GMC Leadership & Management for all doctors (2012), General Medical Council Generic Professional Capabilities Framework (2017) and the Healthcare Leadership Model (2013).

This module is blended and the delivery consists of three days face to face teaching and the equivalent of three days online learning.

It is based on a Patchwork Text approach to writing (short pieces of reflective writing) based around experiences of medical leadership and reflections on a range of self-assessment tools to include Jung Type Indicator (JTI) and Emotional Intelligence profiles. This gradually builds up over the course of the module as the individual ‘patches’ are stitched together in order to reach new understandings of the role of the medical leader.

Module code:HEA4117
Module credits:20
Cost for new students:£1000 for 2024/25 academic year

If you are an existing student who is undertaking this module as part of a programme, your fee will have been advised to you by email. You can also check your fees online. For any queries, please contact

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Who is this module for?

This module is aimed at Doctors, Dentists and General Practitioners in training (Early and Middle levels). However, it also introduces key topics that support the Pre-Consultant or equivalent level.

Applicants working within the Health Education England North West region may be eligible for funding: Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) Medical Leadership.

What are the key aims of the module?

The aim of the module is to develop reflective medical leaders who are aware of their strengths, limitations/challenges and who are able to proactively manage themselves, lead their teams and practice-based change across the healthcare system.

The module also aims to raise awareness of the importance of medical leadership and crucially the requirement to take theoretical learning into the workplace. Furthermore, participants will be challenged to reflect with peers with the guidance of medical educators, through a range of mediums, which will include a personal journal and online discussion forums. The module will enable participants to understand both the macro and micro issues and the impact on their role as medical leaders in a dynamic NHS. This process of reflection and learning will assist trainees to the transition to consultant.

How will I study?

This module is blended and the delivery consists of three days face to face teaching and the equivalent of three days online learning. Students can choose to attend the three days face to face teaching at the University ‘present in person’ or synchronously online, ‘live’ teaching but through an online platform. This is a blended module, which will use Blackboard both as a repository and as the learning vehicle for the online sessions. The aim being to create a stimulating, interactive learning environment and a cohort identity. The module will draw on discussion boards and a range of Blackboard tools to create a community of practice.

What will I study?

Broad content will include:

  • Compassionate leadership and self-care
  • Self awareness tools: JTI, Emotional Intelligence (EI) leadership approach, Belbin Team Role, Influencing style, resilience, benchmark against MLCF and FMLM
  • Leadership qualities/skills/competencies/styles – Ideal Self, Real Self – to include communication & EI – spheres of influence
  • Engaged/authentic/ethical/7 Habits of Highly Effective Leaders/Situational Leadership Models
  • Context – Drivers, Policy, Culture
  • Team roles and team development
  • Medical leadership within organisations
  • Multi-factorial influences impacting on the role of the medical leader
  • Introduction to change management and change frameworks/models
  • Patient safety/human factors
  • Service improvement and leading people though change and transition
  • Case Studies

How will I be assessed?

Formative Assessment: The formative assessment will draw on the student’s structured personal reflective journal. Students can choose one reflective patch to critically explore (approx 750 words) and submit for formative feedback. The feedback in relation to their academic writing will ‘feed forward’ and, therefore, inform their summative assessment. The reflective journal will also provide a framework for multisource feedback and review to help identify their feelings, strengths, areas of challenge and facilitate action planning – this will inform the summative assessment. The reflective journal will also inform and be integral to the summative assessment.

Summative Assessment: An integrated reflective portfolio (3000 words plus evidence, reflective patches and personal leadership action plan) to meet the module learning outcomes.

On successful completion you will:

  • Appraise their own qualities, skills, strengths and challenges demonstrating deep levels of self-awareness and critical application to their own medical leadership role.
  • Critically reflect on the impact their leadership qualities and behaviours have, on their team and wider organisational networks.
  • Critically reflect on their role in practice-base change and the subsequent improvement in service outcomes, through critical understanding of the impact of self on change and innovation.

Study dates and venues

April 2024 S8

Venue: Ormskirk Campus, Edge Hill University

Starts: Wednesday 17 April 2024

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April 2024 S9

Venue: Online Study

Starts: Thursday 18 April 2024

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April 2024 S10

Venue: Online Study

Starts: Friday 19 April 2024

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April 2024 S11 - Please note this cohort is for HEE funded students only.

Venue: Online Study

Starts: Tuesday 23 April 2024

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September 2024 S1


Starts: Wednesday 11 September 2024

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September 2024 S2


Starts: Thursday 12 September 2024

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September 2024 S3

Venue: Online Study

Starts: Friday 13 September 2024

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November 2024 S4

Venue: Online Study

Starts: Wednesday 13 November 2024

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November 2024 S5


Starts: Thursday 14 November 2024

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February 2025 S6


Starts: Tuesday 11 February 2025

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February 2025 S7

Venue: Online Study

Starts: Wednesday 12 February 2025

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April 2025 S8


Starts: Tuesday 15 April 2025

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April 2025 S9


Starts: Wednesday 16 April 2025

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April 2025 S10

Venue: Online Study

Starts: Thursday 17 April 2025

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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.

We encourage you to apply as early as possible to give you the best chance to obtain a place on your preferred cohort, module applications will close as soon as the module is full. Applications received within two weeks of the start date may have to be considered for a later cohort.

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

Contact us

For further module information, please contact the Module Co-ordinator, Charlotte Moen on 01695 657028 or email

Or you can contact the Medical School on


This module is a core module on the MSc Leadership Development Medical Leadership and Management pathway PGC Medical Leadership and it can be studied on a standalone basis.