Online course in Business & Management

Leadership for Healthcare Improvement and Innovation

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

Leadership for Healthcare Improvement and Innovation

  • Duration 6 weeks
  • Weekly study 4 hours

Why join the course?

Based on real-life case studies of improvement and innovation in global healthcare settings, you will explore how leadership can influence strategic outcomes in healthcare organisations during the four weeks of this course.

We will begin by developing your understanding of the general concept of leadership, creating a base from which to consider leadership issues in healthcare. Following this theoretical outline, we will discuss different applications of leadership across a range of healthcare settings. This will include the important dimension of patient and public leadership, often neglected in healthcare organisations, which we will illustrate through case study examples and video interviews with patient leaders. We will also explore the need for leadership on the front line from clinicians, enhancing your understanding of the potential for innovation and improvement when driven by clinicians, whilst also considering the barriers to this involvement.

Using presentations and videos from ‘on the ground’ examples of leadership, we will examine strategies for improvement and innovation in healthcare organisations. These case studies will be drawn from a global context, including the UK, North America, Australia and Africa, enabling us to compare improvement and innovation projects across a range of organisational, demographic and financial contexts.

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 secondsThis 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.

What topics will you cover?

Together we’ll explore six general topics:

  1. The nature and origins of healthcare improvement and the challenge of change.
  2. The organisational context of healthcare improvement.
  3. The critical importance of leadership for implementing healthcare improvement.
  4. Quality improvement tools and techniques and their implementation.
  5. The role of clinical networks in supporting healthcare improvement.
  6. Patient involvement in healthcare improvement.

When would you like to start?

  • Date to be announced
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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 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 you own knowledge with others as the course progresses.

Who will you learn with?

ian Kirkpatrick

ian Kirkpatrick

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

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.

  • Established1958
  • LocationMelbourne, Australia
  • World rankingTop 80Source: Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2019

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