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Leadership for Healthcare Improvement and Innovation

Discover how leadership can influence strategic outcomes in healthcare organisations.

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Leadership for Healthcare Improvement and Innovation
  • Duration

    6 weeks
  • Weekly study

    4 hours

Good organisational leadership can be key to influencing positive strategic outcomes, driving improvement and innovation across organisations.

On this course, you’ll learn about the general concept of leadership, going on to explore practical examples of innovative management across a range of healthcare settings.

You’ll examine real-life case studies of improvement and innovation projects drawn from a global context – including the UK, North America, Australia and Africa – to better understand patient and public leadership, as well as the need for great healthcare leadership on the front line.

Skip to 0 minutes and 13 seconds The need for healthcare improvement has arisen from the concerns of policymakers, clinicians, and managers around the world. Preventable hospital errors are now the third largest cause of death in the United States, and also there are major variations in our own National Health Service in the treatment of things like cancer and dementia, depending on where you live. Healthcare improvement, essentially, is the science of how we continuously improve the quality of our health services to ensure that they are safer, more patient led, and more efficient. We’ll look at the tools and techniques. We will also look at the implementation side of that, bringing in ideas from organisational theory from leadership, from management to try and understand those processes.

Skip to 0 minutes and 56 seconds This course is unique in the international case studies that we’ll be using. For example, primary care reforms in China. Clinical networks in Kenya. Lean systems implementation in Australia. And this course will have contributors from across the spectrum of management and medical research. You will also be hearing from well-known practitioners and experts. For example John Øvretveit from the Karolinska Institute in Scandinavia. And also from Lynne Maher the leading innovator in health improvement, previously working for the NHS in England. This course will be structured across six weeks.

Skip to 1 minute and 30 seconds Each week will cover a substantive topic: we look at themes such as leadership, clinical networks, systems redesign. You’ll be part of a learning community of global clinicians, managers, and practitioners interacting with each other through this course. The outcomes from this course are going to be three-fold. You’ll learn about the full range of tools and techniques associated with healthcare improvement. You’re also going to learn about the challenges of implementing those tools and techniques, drawing on ideas both from clinical science and from management theory. Last but not least, you will learn about the international context of healthcare improvement in different health systems in different cultures. We are passionate about healthcare improvement and innovation and we want to share that with you.

Skip to 2 minutes and 13 seconds So please, come and join our learning community.

What topics will you cover?

  • The nature and origins of healthcare improvement and the challenge of change
  • The organisational context of healthcare improvement
  • The critical importance of leadership for implementing healthcare improvement
  • Quality improvement tools and techniques and their implementation
  • The role of clinical networks in supporting healthcare improvement
  • Patient involvement in healthcare improvement

Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • You will learn to identify the full range of tools and techniques associated with healthcare improvement.
  • You will learn about the challenges of implementing tools and techniques associated with healthcare improvement, from the perspective of clinical science and management theory.
  • You will have the opportunity to learn about the international context of healthcare improvement, and contribute to the learning community in discussing its impact.

Who is the course for?

This course would appeal to anyone with an interest in healthcare improvement. You do not have to work in healthcare, merely have an interest in how innovation can be encouraged in the sector.

If you have experience of healthcare (either as a professional or as a service user) you will have the opportunity to share your own knowledge with others as the course progresses.

Who will you learn with?

After a career in health care, as a doctor, Director of Public Health and Chief Executive I now teach at Warwick Business School. I focus on management and leadership, quality improvement and patient

Who developed the course?

The University of Warwick

The University of Warwick is forward-looking, entrepreneurial and globally connected. With new ways of thinking and achieving it stands out from its competitors as an inspiring place to study.

Monash University

Monash University is one of Australia’s leading universities, ranked in the world’s top 1% by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. It was established in Melbourne in 1958.

  • Established

  • Location

    Melbourne, Australia
  • World ranking

    Top 60Source: QS World University Rankings 2021

Learning on FutureLearn

Your learning, your rules

  • Courses are split into weeks, activities, and steps to help you keep track of your learning
  • Learn through a mix of bite-sized videos, long- and short-form articles, audio, and practical activities
  • Stay motivated by using the Progress page to keep track of your step completion and assessment scores

Join a global classroom

  • Experience the power of social learning, and get inspired by an international network of learners
  • Share ideas with your peers and course educators on every step of the course
  • Join the conversation by reading, @ing, liking, bookmarking, and replying to comments from others

Map your progress

  • As you work through the course, use notifications and the Progress page to guide your learning
  • Whenever you’re ready, mark each step as complete, you’re in control
  • Complete 90% of course steps and all of the assessments to earn your certificate

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