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Clinical Leadership

Healthcare management

Course details

Develop your leadership skills, wherever you are and on your terms.

The Professional Diploma in Clinical Leadership is a nine-month online programme delivered in a digital format via our online teaching platform, making it accessible to busy healthcare professionals wherever they may be working. The programme has supported and accelerated the career progression of many of those now in senior leadership positions within both public and private health and social care organisations. As a participant, you will undertake a unique programme of study that is evidence-based, cutting-edge and designed to meet the immediate development needs of both you and your organisation.

Mode of delivery

The programme is delivered through a blend of online content and activities and live interactive sessions, offering a collaborative and supported student experience. All webinars last for one hour, workshops run for 2.5-3 hours and live sessions are recorded.

Our experienced team have the skills and technology to provide a rich and engaging online experience and to support and guide new students, no matter their level of technical ability.

You will have the opportunity to become part of an international, healthcare-focused, learning community, supported to engage through collaborative group work, team building and networking opportunities – benefiting from each other’s experience in a safe and supported environment.

Find out more about the Professional Diploma in Clinical Leadership curriculum below.


Name ECTS* Description

The Clinical Leader – Understanding and Managing Oneself


Insight into yourself, others and how organisations work is a fundamental element of all effective models of leadership. The ability to understand and manage yourself is critical to being able to operate as a leader in any clinical setting.

This module guides you to develop self-insights, resilience and emotional intelligence and teaches you how to implement these competencies and capabilities and become an effective leader and manager in a clinical setting.

Leading People and Managing Resources in the Clinical Context


Leading and managing people and teams are key capabilities for healthcare professionals.

The aim of this module is to develop your knowledge and skills in managing human and financial resources. You will learn about team roles and how to evaluate team performance and effectiveness. An understanding of relationship management and the ability to influence others and events will be fostered. The impact of team performance and organisation culture on healthcare outcomes will be explored. 

Leading Change and Quality Improvement in Health Services


In recent years, the rapid pace of change and the increasing demand for quality healthcare systems and reduction in patient safety errors presents real challenges for clinical leaders. Change management is a vital prerequisite for those hoping to lead change, quality or patient safety initiatives.

The aim of this module is to provide you with a number of change models and modern approaches to maximising quality and safety culture in your healthcare setting. You will be required to develop and present an evidence-based business case for a change or quality improvement in your clinical setting.

*ECTS: European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) is a tool of the European Higher Education Area for making studies and courses more transparent. It helps students to move between countries and to have their academic qualifications and study periods abroad recognised (EC, 2020).

This programme will provide you with the skills and knowledge to:

  • Analyse and discuss clinical leadership and management models in a healthcare setting.
  • Reflect on the feedback from your psychometric profile and how this information can inform and allow you to be a more effective clinical leader.
  • Critically and systematically analyse healthcare case studies and apply this learning to your own organisation.
  • Discuss the importance of developments in positive leadership and how these develop a resilient strengths-based approach to maintaining a positive outlook to your clinical leadership role.
  • Analyse the roles of team members in a clinical team and how they can influence performance outcomes.
  • Apply the basic principles of management accounting, budgeting and activity-based costing.
  • Discuss the importance of building and maintaining relationships across boundaries and maintaining networks for effective clinical leadership.
  • Apply and effectively manage a performance management system using a coaching methodology.
  • Critically evaluate and apply team effectiveness in relation to healthcare outcomes.
  • Critically debate change management theories and the challenges they present for clinical leaders.
  • Evaluate quality improvement methodologies/measures and demonstrate how they can impact healthcare delivery and outcomes.
  • Critically discuss the principles and implementation of a patient safety culture and outcomes.
  • Develop and present an evidence-based business case for a change or quality improvement in your clinical setting.
Module Dates
Orientation 14 October 2024 - 25 October 2024

The Clinical Leader – Understanding and Managing Oneself

29 October 2024 - 13 December 2024

Leading People and Managing Resources in the Clinical Context

6 January 2025 - 7 March 2025

Leading Change and Quality Improvement in Health Services

18 March 2025 - 16 May 2025

Download the PgDip Clinical Leadership timetable

We are proud to be a recognised University of the National University of Ireland (NUI). All RCSI programmes are accredited by the NUI.

Recognition by Ministries and bodies in other jurisdictions must be determined by the individual applicants.

Learn more

Our team would be delighted to answer any questions that you may have regarding this programme. Please contact our teams for more information.

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