Leadership & Professional Development in Healthcare


Earn a certificate of completion

Intermediate level



3 weeks long, 6 hours a week


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About the course:

This course aims to show you what it takes to become an effective leader in healthcare. Organising and managing healthcare delivery is a complex undertaking, be it at the national level, at local levels, or at the level of interaction between healthcare  professional and patient. Healthcare is usually delivered by large organisations. To enable such large organisations to deliver high-quality care for all, effective leadership is vital at every level.

In this course, we want to outline why clinical leadership is important. We want to provide you with knowledge and understanding of a range of perspectives and theories on leadership and how they apply to the clinical setting.

As the individuals who primarily deliver healthcare, clinicians have insights into the needs and challenges of its delivery. Using this insight and first-hand experience is key to achieving high-quality care at all levels of healthcare, from departments in hospitals to regional, national, and even international levels.

This course allows you to explore some of the contemporary issues within clinical leadership, such as ethics, power, diversity, and resilience, which are among the topics we'll cover in the following units. We'll also be considering leading and managing change, as well as leading teams. We'll help you achieve these aims through a combination of exercises, and activities, plus input from leaders in the real world, including those who do work similar to your own.

A final key aim is to encourage you to reflect on your leadership practice, a truly important skill for any effective leader. Thus, the course will help you develop your ability to learn from your experiences, by thinking critically about them.

Here's what is included, at a glance:

  • Self-assessment, style and preferences through psychometric tool
  • Leadership vs management
  • Leadership competency framework
  • Self test


Here's what is included, at a glance:

  • Evolution of the understanding of leadership — various approaches
  • Impact and effectiveness (part I)
  • Self test


Here's what is included, at a glance:

  • Impact and effectiveness (part II)
  • Leading Teams - Diverse teams
  • Inclusive leadership
  • Trust and psychological safety
  • Self test

On completion of the course, you should be able to:

  • Understand what makes an effective leader in healthcare through exposure to different and contemporary approaches to leadership
  • Articulate your own leadership values and your ability to better make decisions as a leader
  • Understand the leadership levers for enhancing employee outcomes, linked to team working and quality improvement
  • Hone your ability to become a reflective leader

Further advantages of taking this course:

  • Upon completion of the Course, you will be able to evidence 18 hours of continuing professional development activity.
  • If you successfully complete this learning, you will become an alumnus/alumna of King’s Business School’s alumni network giving you access to future business school content, events and benefits – and provide you with access to a global network of King’s alumni.
  • You will also receive a report providing feedback and insight into your leadership styles and self-awareness.

About the author:

Alexandra Budjanovcanin

Dr Alexandra Budjanovcanin

Lecturer in Work Psychology and Human Resources Management | King's Business School

Her research interests are in professional careers, emotions in the workplace and gender. Specifically, Ali studies how individuals adjust both positively (vocational callings) and negatively (occupational regret) to their careers. Ali is also interested in how gender plays out in careers. Most recently, she has been examining how HR practices affect the careers of female lawyers in private practice.

Ali has worked with a broad range of institutions including: the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain, the Church of England, Women in Law London and the NHS.

Ali is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

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