Leading People through Change HEA4038


This module focuses on the theory of change, the frameworks/models to facilitate change and the reality of leading change within the context of health and social care. The module also facilitates reflection to determine: the type of change agent the student is; the type of change agent they aspire to be and why; and the action that will be taken to further their development. This will be supported by group work, debate, case studies and student led seminars to create a learning community.

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Module Code: HEA4038
Level: 7
Credits: 20
Cost: £780 for September 2022 to July 2023

Who is this module for?

The module is targeted at healthcare professionals working in a clinical role (e.g. allied health professionals, clinical scientists, nurses, doctors, paramedics) and those working in a non-clinical role (e.g. managers, social workers, patient advocates, voluntary sector).

What are the key aims of the programme?

The aim of the module is to provide an understanding of change theories, styles and tools in order to implement change within the context of health and social care. The module will also facilitate reflection on students change agent skills so they learn from their actions and the actions of others.

How Will I Study?

This module is normally studied over 12 sessions, one full day session alternate weeks, for 12 weeks.

The module will be delivered through blended learning. This will comprise 8 face-to-face (‘present in-person’) and 4 synchronous (‘live’ teaching online) sessions.

What will I study?

  • Theoretical frameworks and models/tools for change;
  • The human dimension of change;
  • Drivers and resistors to change;
  • Multi-factorial influences on change management;
  • The qualities of an effective change champion;
  • Strategies to lead people through change;
  • Appreciative Enquiry Tool;
  • Appreciative leadership;
  • Case studies delivered by practising strategic leaders;
  • i-resilience Tool;
  • Master classes.

How will I be assessed?

A critique of the change management frameworks and the impact of the human dimension of change. A personal development plan.

On successful completion you will:

Critique change frameworks and apply theory to practice taking into account the human dimension of change. You will also be aware of your change agent skills and qualities and be able to formulate an action plan to facilitate your future development.

Study Dates and Venues

September 2022

Venue: TBC

Starts: Thu 15th Sep 2022

Session Times:
  • 15 September 2022, 9am-4pm
  • 29 September 2022, 9am-4pm
  • 13 October 2022, 9am-4pm
  • 27 October 2022, 9am-4pm
  • 10 November 2022, 9am-5pm
  • 24 November 2022, interview and presentation preparation
  • 1 December 2022, 9am-4pm
  • Study dates and times are subject to change.

Further Information

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.

If you have any other queries about studying with us, please see the FAQ page.

For further module information, please contact the Module Coordinator Charlotte Moen on 01695 657028 or email [email protected].

Or you can contact the Medical School email on [email protected].


This module can be studied on a standalone basis, however, students must have completed module HEA4037 or HEA4117 before commencing this module.

It is a core module for:

  • MSc Leadership Development