Leadership for Innovation and Integration (SW4707) Short Course

Leadership for Innovation and Integration (SW4707) Short Course
The aim of this module is to provide a critical exploration of the contemporary issues that impact upon leadership and innovation in the context of integrated services in health, social work and social care.

A range of modules are available to enhance your knowledge, develop skills and further your CPD. Credits can be gained on a standalone modular basis or used to achieve one of the School of Social Work, Care and Community’s CPD target awards.

Entry and Admissions

Award Type:

Short Course

Ancillary Award:



Short Course / CPD

Study Mode:

Part time

Delivery Method:


Course Length:

3 months, comprising 6 teaching days plus self-directed study time.


School of Social Work, Care and Community

Partner Colleges:

No Partner College



Start Date:


Entry Requirements:

This module aims to work with leaders across the social work and social care sectors.

All candidates need to ensure that they have a relevant undergraduate degree at 2:2 or above, or evidence of their ability to study at postgraduate level.

Course Content

Course Outline:
The aim of this module is to provide a critical exploration of the contemporary issues that impact upon leadership and innovation in the context of integrated services in health, social work and social care.

It will update students’ knowledge in relation to major theoretical perspectives and ethical debates, current research findings and evidence based practice in the field of leadership. The importance of innovation to meeting new challenges to health and social care is explored, including building new forms of relationships with service users, their supports and communities. The aim is to promote the development of effective leadership in health, social work and social care. There will also be an opportunity to undertake Myers Briggs training on one of the days.

Topics covered include:
  • Theories of leadership and innovation and their relevance to integrated care and support
  • The influence of politics, policy and power on leading and innovation within integrated services
  • Approaches to ethics in leadership across integrated services in health, social work and social care
  • Creativity and connectedness
  • Communication skills for leadership including conflict management and negotiation
  • Leading people through teamwork;
  • Knowledge and advanced skills in strengths based approaches to individual and team development;
  • Leading diverse teams and organisations
  • Service improvement and redesign for integrated care
  • Co-production and service user leadership

20 Credit Module at Level 7

Teaching will include: Myers Briggs Training, Models of Leadership including hosting, Inclusive Leadership, and Leading in the context of a connected world. All teaching will focus on strength based and asset based leadership and will challenge students to consider innovation and creativity in their leadership roles.

Learning Environment & Assessment:

Project with presentation and written analysis.

Academic Expertise

The module will draw on the expertise of leading figures in the area of leadership which include Helen Bailey, Karen Linde, Hari Sewell, Jez Buffin, Amanda Taylor-Beswick and UCLan Leadership Hub. 

Learning outcome & aims

We aim to create the perfect blend of knowledge, practical experience and relevance to equip UCLan graduates with the confidence and skills they need to get ahead in the world of work.

Industry links & professional accreditation

The School of Social Work Care and Community has worked closely with some of the key local statutory and independent employers in the development of this module. The learning from this module can be used to requirements for continuing professional development and continuing education.


Work experience and international opportunities

At UCLan we work with a range of businesses and organisations, many of which provide work experience opportunities and project briefs to enable to you gain real work experience whilst you undertake your postgraduate programme. Your course tutor will advise on opportunities available within your course and the UCLan Careers Team can provide help, advice and guidance on how to apply for them and how to make the most of these opportunities.

Graduate Careers

The UCLan Careers Team offer ongoing supportive careers advice and guidance throughout your course and after graduation, along with a range of modules, work experience opportunities and events to help you acquire the skills to make you stand out to potential employers in today’s competitive market.


UCLan is recognised for its outstanding course provision which gives students the skills, knowledge, and personal attributes necessary to succeed at the University and in their future careers. To find out more about the experiences of our students, read our success stories.

Progression Routes

Under the School of Social Work, Care and Community’s Centre for CPD portfolio, this module can be completed as standalone or towards one of the following courses:
Postgraduate Certificate in Leadership and Management in Social Work and Social Care
Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Development and Practice
Masters in Professional Development and Practice

For full details of the Centre for CPD's offering and progression routes please visit www.uclan.ac.uk/socialworkcpd

Fees & Funding

You can contact the Student Fees and Funding Team via phone, email, or post. If you are on the campus you can call into The 'i', for advice.
Tel: +44 (0)1772 892440
Email: SFFTeam@uclan.ac.uk
Student Fees and Funding Team, Foster Building 117, UCLan, Preston, PR1 2HE

For 2018/19 fees please refer to our fees page.

How to Apply

Please contact the CPD team for specific guidance to support you in completing an application and to ensure it is directed appropriately once submitted. You will be advised to apply through the University Online Application System.

Individuals should initially discuss their application with their employer as arrangements may be in place for financial and study leave support.

Should you have any further questions about the application or enrolment process please contact the CPD team on:
Tel: +44 (0)1772 894361/3408
Email: socialworkcpd@uclan.ac.uk

This module can be delivered on site for groups of staff, to help meet your workforce development needs. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.

About UCLan

Centre for CPD

School of Social Work, Care & Community

University of Central Lancashire,
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 894361

Email: socialworkcpd@uclan.ac.uk