Professional/Short course Contemporary Leadership in Rehabilitation

Entry year
Course code
Professional/Short Course
School of Health and Social Wellbeing
Distance learning
Course Director
Dr Anna Gould

30 credit level 7 module

Page last updated 27 October 2023


This 30 credit Contemporary Leadership in Rehabilitation module will be delivered as a distance learning module.

On successful completion of this level 7 (Masters level) module, you will be able to:

  • Critically examine contemporary leadership approaches and expectations within rehabilitation.
  • Critically evaluate your role and attributes as a leader and explore strategies and tools to develop further.
  • Critically evaluate and explore aspects of the leadership process including issues of aligning leadership focus with local/national drivers, negotiating support for change and leading by example.
  • Design, execute and critically evaluate a change initiative based on service need and contemporary drivers.

Careers / Further study

This module can contribute towards the MSc Rehabilitation.



The module topics will be informed by current evidence and drivers in relation to leadership and change in healthcare and rehabilitation.

Key areas that will be addressed typically include:

Context of leadership

  • Contemporary leadership styles and thinking
  • Local and national drivers for leadership and change
  • Aligning your leadership and change initiatives with contemporary agendas and priorities.
  • Challenges of leadership in healthcare
  • Current national and local toolkits and resources for leadership and change

You as a leader

  • Leadership style, strengths and weaknesses
  • Self-development, resilience, support of self and others as a leader
  • What does successful leadership mean to you?
  • Sustainable leadership - understanding leadership agendas and priorities and what is achievable and most worthy of time and resource investment.
  • Identifying your future specific leadership learning/CPD priorities

Leadership in practice - key principles

  • Identifying leadership challenges within your context
  • How to increase the chance of success in a change initiative
  • Designing and implementing a change innovation or service improvement
  • Writing a business case and getting support within your organisation
  • Change models - e.g. PDSA (plan, do, study, act), NHS change model
  • Demonstration of outcomes and reflection on self in leadership role

Learning and Teaching

This distance learning module uses a distance learning approach utilising asynchronous online activities including lectures, podcasts, reading, videos and synchronous tutorials (online discussions). Progress through the module is managed through time dependent release of online resources to ensure structured progression through the learning materials and the synchronous activities promote development of the student-tutor relationship and encourage a cohort identity in addition to supporting core learning. Approximately 60 hours of independent study (e.g. online lectures, seminars, reading etc.) are delivered via Blackboard.

Teaching is delivered in the format of three online lectures delivered as video capture to introduce the three main sections of the module. Associated with these will be examples of contemporary considerations, opportunities and challenges of leadership in today's rehabilitation settings. Theoretical and pragmatic issues will be integrated to provide an overview of the multiple concepts requiring exploration.

Podcasts/webinars/video conferencing will be used to enable engagement with the learning and discussions and as an opportunity for you to explore your progress with your change initiative, receive formative tutor and peer feedback, and prepare for the assessment requirements.

Scheduled learning includes tutorials and synchronous online activities.

Independent learning includes hours engaged with online lectures, seminars and tasks, essential reading, change initiative preparation, assignment preparation and completion, online tasks etc.



  • A 20 minute poster presentation (10 minute presentation with 10 minutes to defend via questions).
  • A 3,000 word critically reflective essay which will enable you to evaluate your role as a leader in change by contextualising your reflections with leadership theory and practice, national/local drivers of leadership and the opportunities and challenges that have presented through the change initiative.


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