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Leadership for Healthcare Improvement and Innovation

This free online course will explore how leadership can influence strategic outcomes in healthcare organisations.

Free:

  • Access to the course for its length + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps)
  • Access to quizzes and assignments
  • No certificate

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  • Unlimited access to the course, for as long as it exists on FutureLearn (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps)
  • Access to quizzes and assignments
  • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

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Leadership for Healthcare Improvement and Innovation

Why join the course?

Spanning six weeks, this course will explore how leadership can influence strategic outcomes in healthcare organizations in a global context

We will begin by developing your understanding of the general concept of healthcare improvement and the challenges of change. We then consider the features of health organizations before turning to the critical importance of leadership. You will be introduced to key improvement tools and techniques, including lean systems and explore the role of clinical networks and various forms of patient involvement might play.

Skip to 0 minutes and 13 secondsThe 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 secondsEach 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 secondsSo please, come and join our learning community.

When would you like to start?

  • Date to be announced

What will you achieve?

  • 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?

The course will make extensive use of real life examples of leadership and health improvement, with cases drawn from a global context, including the UK, Australia, China, Italy and Africa.

This course is aimed at everyone 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 these settings. 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?

ian Kirkpatrick

Ian Kirkpatrick is the Monash-Warwick Professor of Healthcare Implementation Science (Organisation Studies) at Warwick Business School

Who developed the course?

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