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B833 is a six-month course designed for people working in a healthcare environment including doctors, nurses and allied health professionals. B833 is the second of two modules that consolidate and assess the learning derived from online continuing professional development (CPD) courses in clinical leadership offered by the OU in partnership with BMJ Learning. To complete B833 you must study five CPD courses (each CPD course is individually priced) and pass two assignments and an end-of-module assessment. You will demonstrate increased competence in clinical leadership by producing a detailed plan for a service innovation project within your work context.

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This course is expected to start for the last time in November 2013.

What you will study

Over a six-month period, you are required to produce a detailed plan for a service innovation project within your own work context. You will describe the ways in which the proposal is innovative and consult with the relevant colleagues and stakeholders to produce a valid case for both the costs and benefits.

In order to pass B833 you must complete the following online continuing professional development (CPD) courses on different aspects of clinical leadership and improvement. You will need to register separately for each course. Each CPD course is individually priced, so in the UK the total cost of five CPD courses and B833 is currently £3430.

The study guide for B833 indicates a preferred sequence for studying these various CPD courses and each CPD course will require you to submit a work-based activity. To successfully pass B833 you must pass all of the CPD-related work-based activities as well as the two B833 assessment components (two tutor-marked assignments (TMAs) and one end-of-module assessment (EMA)).

You can select your method of study according to the time you have available. If you have limited time you can complete some or all of the above mentioned CPD courses prior to registering for B833.  Alternatively, you can register for B833 and the CPD courses at the same time and follow the recommended study pattern. The latter option will require you to commit for approximately 12 hours of study per week.

If you select the first option and have studied one or more of the CPD courses before registering for B833 you only need to revisit the concluding work-based activity for any such course, and update the work you have done there so that it is relevant to your B833 study.

With a group of fellow students you will have access to an online forum that will be moderated by your tutor.

You will learn

Your studies will enable you to understand a range of recent innovations in health service provision, including international examples of how to achieve greater integration between primary and acute care and make changes in overall efficiency and effectiveness. On this basis, you will develop a proposal for a significant innovation relevant to the service area you are involved in, including a well evidenced business case and an implementation plan, involving other team members and relevant stakeholders. This will involve analysing forces for and against your proposed innovation and developing creative options for moving forward. You will identify the forms of leadership needed in your own role, and your current strengths and priorities for development as a clinical leader.


To register for this course you will need to have an honours degree or equivalent.

B833 has been developed in conjunction with BMJ Learning. If you register for B833, we would like to contact you about further learning opportunities with BMJ. If you do not want us to contact you, please mark the relevant opt-out box on your registration agreement.

If you have any doubt about the suitability of the course, please contact our Student Registration & Enquiry Service.


B833 is a compulsory module in our:

Some postgraduate qualifications allow study to be chosen from other subject areas. We advise you to refer to the relevant qualification descriptions for information on the circumstances in which this module can count towards these qualifications because from time to time the structure and requirements may change.


As a student of The Open University, you should be aware of the content of the Module Regulations and the Student Regulations which are available on our Essential documents website.

If you have a disability

Written transcripts of any audio components and Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) versions of printed material are available. Some Adobe PDF components may not be available or fully accessible using a screen reader and scientific or foreign language materials may be particularly difficult to read in this way. Alternative formats of the study materials may be available in the future. Our Services for disabled students website has the latest information about availability.

Part of B833 is delivered through a  dedicated website and includes the use of online resources and interactive forums. If you use specialist hardware or software to assist you in operating a computer or the internet and have any concerns about accessing this type of materials you are advised to talk to the Student Registration & Enquiry Service about support which can be given to meet your needs.

If you have particular study requirements please tell us as soon as possible, as some of our support services may take several weeks to arrange. Visit our Services for disabled students website for more information, including:

  • help to determine your study requirements and how to request the support that you need  
  • Disabled Students' Allowances (DSAs)
  • using a computer for OU study
  • equipment and other support services that we offer
  • examination arrangements
  • how to contact us for advice and support both before you register and while you are studying.

Study materials

What's included

One study unit, online forums, dedicated website and online resources.

Computing requirements

You will need a computer with internet access to study this course as it includes online activities, which you can access using a web browser.

  • If you have purchased a new desktop or laptop computer since 2007 you should have no problems completing the online activities.
  • If you’ve got a netbook, tablet or other mobile computing device check our Technical requirements section.
  • If you use an Apple Mac you will need OS X 10.6 or later.

You can also visit the Technical requirements section for further computing information including the details of the support we provide.

Teaching and assessment

Support from your tutor

You will be allocated a tutor who will mark your assignments and whom you can ask for advice and guidance. You will contact your tutor by telephone, email and online forums. All the tutoring takes place online. Contact our Student Registration & Enquiry Service if you want to know more about study with The Open University before you register.


The assessment details can be found in the facts box above.

You will be expected to submit your tutor-marked assignments (TMAs) online through the eTMA system unless there are some difficulties which prevent you from doing so. In these circumstances, you must negotiate with your tutor to get their agreement to submit your assignment on paper.

Future availability

The details given here are for the course that starts in November 2013 when it will be available for the last time. 

How to register

We regret that we are currently unable to accept registrations for this course. Where the course is to be presented again in the future, relevant registration information will be displayed on this page as soon as it becomes available.

Distance learning

The Open University is the world’s leading provider of flexible, high quality distance learning. Unlike other universities we are not campus based. You will study in a flexible way that works for you whether you’re at home, at work or on the move. As an OU student you’ll be supported throughout your studies – your tutor or study adviser will guide and advise you, offer detailed feedback on your assignments, and help with any study issues. Tuition might be in face-to-face groups, via online tutorials, or by phone.

For more information about distance learning at the OU read Study explained.

Course facts
About this course:
Course code B833
Credits 30
OU Level Postgraduate
SCQF level 11
FHEQ level 7
Course work includes:
2 Tutor-marked assignments (TMAs)
End-of-module assessment
No residential school

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