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This unit will guide you to evaluate and critically reflect on leadership to apply that knowledge to drive change and innovation within health and social care. Explore organisational environments in depth to identify and respond to opportunities for change, applying various leadership theories in a healthcare context. In this unit, you’ll develop the ability to critically apply relevant leadership capabilities and policy to the process of implementation. You will be able to evaluate and sustain innovative practices within health and social care work environments. In this unit, you will study:

  • Contexts and mechanisms influencing innovation
  • Strategic policy impacting upon operational implementation of innovation within clinical environments
  • Exploration of leading self and others through a range of leadership models
  • Psychological constructs influencing implementation of innovation
  • Applying principles of evidence and evaluation to support innovative change within clinical settings
  • Formulating professional development plans for developing and maintaining capabilities to lead innovative change within clinical environments.

Learning outcomes

  • Explore, in depth, the contexts of organisational environments to identify and respond to drivers supporting and negating opportunities for innovative change
  • Apply a range of leadership theories to health and social care, organisational contexts to critically explore the efficacy of each theory in achieving innovative change
  • Critically apply inter- and intra-personal leadership capabilities to the processes of leading, implementing, evaluating and embedding innovative clinical practices within health and social care organisational contexts
  • Critically apply relevant policy, both operational and strategic, to the identified need for innovative change within their work-based contexts.


You are assessed according to the following components, each with its own weighted value against your overall result:

  • Critical review - 30%
  • Action plan and reflective account - 60%
  • Discussion board - 10%


You can study this unit as part of the Master of Business Administration, Master of Healthcare LeadershipMaster of Project Management, Master of Mental Health or Master of Mental Health Nursing.   Please note, unit structure and content are subject to change. Contact your SCU Online student advisor on 1300 863 819 for more information based on your particular circumstances.