Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Leadership
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This postgraduate certificate course is targeted at doctors and other clinicians, working both in primary care and in acute services. It offers development in aspects of leadership relevant to you as a clinician working on the ward or in the clinic, so that you can play a fuller role in improving health service quality and discuss performance issues and potential innovations effectively with managerial colleagues. Studying for this postgraduate certificate will deepen your understanding of service performance and clinical team-working. This qualification requires developing detailed improvement plans for the service you are working in.
This postgraduate certificate course is relevant to clinicians at any stage in their post-qualification career. If you are in formal charge of a clinic or practice, you can use your studies to demonstrate and deepen your leadership competence. If you are in a more junior clinical role, you can use your certificate studies to explore leadership opportunities available to you in their current role, demonstrating knowledge and competence needed to a build your promotion case. The certificate is obtained by study of a series of short professional development (CPD) courses, each requiring only 25 or 50 hours of study. When you have completed CPD courses totalling 250 hours of study you can use these within the framework of an assessment module, which on successful completion will give you 30 credits at postgraduate level. You can then go on to study further specified continuing professional development (CPD) courses totalling another 250 hours of study. You can use these within a similar assessment framework module to obtain another 30 credits. Successful completion of the two assessment modules will enable you to achieve the Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Leadership.
You will need to study a minimum of 12 CPD courses and two assessment modules. Each CPD course can be studied and completed within 8 to 12 weeks. There are two opportunities a year to register for the assessment modules.
Planning your studies
Some of the CPD courses are compulsory; from others you can choose which ones make up your required hours of study. There is a compulsory introductory 25-hour CPD course that you should study first. After that you can choose the order in which you study them to meet your specific immediate individual or organisational needs.
You will need to register separately for each CPD course and the assessment modules B832 and B833. The CPD courses and assessment modules are all individually priced so the total cost of completing this qualification in the UK is currently £6980.
You should note that the University’s unique study rule applies to this qualification. This means that you must include at least 20 credits from OU modules that have not been counted in any other OU qualification that has previously been awarded to you.
For this postgraduate certificate, you require:
60 credits from the following compulsory modules
|Postgraduate compulsory modules
- Leading service delivery and improvement
Leading healthcare innovation
This course is designed for people working in a healthcare environment including doctors, nurses and allied health professionals. You will learn to demonstrate increased competence in clinical leadership.
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To successfully achieve B832, you need to complete the following:
- Four compulsory 25-hour short courses:
- Three compulsory 50-hour short courses:
The assessment component is contained within B832.
To successfully achieve B833, you need to complete the following:
- Three compulsory 50-hour courses:
- Two optional short courses of 50 hours each, selected from:
The assessment component is contained within B833.
If you have not already started studying these CPD courses before registering on the B832 and B833 assessment modules please note that the CPD courses need to be completed within a six-month timeframe for each assessment module according to the study calendar you will receive when you register for the assessment module.
The learning outcomes of this qualification are described in four areas:
- Knowledge and understanding
- Cognitive skills
- Practical and professional skills
- Key skills
Read more detailed information about the learning outcomes, and how they are acquired through teaching, learning and assessment methods.
Credit for previous study elsewhere
For this qualification, we do not allow you to count credit for study you have already done elsewhere.
On successful completion of the required modules you can be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Leadership entitling you to use the letters PG Cert Clin Lds (Open) after your name.
As a student of The Open University, you should be aware of the content of the following regulations:
These regulations are also available on our Essential Documents website.
How to register
If you want to study for this qualification, read the description and check you meet any specific requirements (for example, some of our qualifications, require you to be working in a particular environment, or be sponsored by your employer). Then select the module you wish to study first and ensure it is suitable for you before following the registration procedure for that module. During the registration procedure you will be asked to declare which qualification you are studying towards.
See a full list of modules available for this qualification