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University of Northampton: Transformational Leadership

Institution University of Northampton
Department Faculty of Health, Education and Society
Telephone 0300 303 2772
Study type Taught


The aims of this programme have been developed to align closely to the aims of the NHS England/HEE Children and Young People’s Transformation Programme and CYP IAPT. The overall aim of the CYP Mental Health Transformation programme is to transform the mental health services for children, young people and their families, across all organisations, to maximise their quality, efficiency and effectiveness, and ensure that their outcomes are measurable.

The specific aims of this programme are to: 1.develop competency in leadership and service transformation and change to deliver evidence-based, quality and needs driven, outcomes informed services 2.have critical knowledge of the theoretical, research and implementation literature that underpins such service transformation and the leadership of change 3.apply critical knowledge of the theoretical, research and implementation literature that underpins such service change in children and young people’s mental health and emotional well-being services 4.enable service leaders to influence and foster sustainable change in their services and organisations.

Students are exposed to a variety of teaching methods and practical experience, culminating in the assessment of both the theoretical and skills based aspects of the modules.

Should you require more information you can contact the IAPT team.

The course is taught by experienced leaders, practitioners and academics from the field of leadership, service transformation and CYP Mental Health. It may also include young people with lived experience of mental health services, service improvement specialists and other colleagues from either the research field, business, health and care sectors or transformational leadership arenas. This allows students to engage with a diverse range of perspectives.

The course is made up of two modules that explore the theoretical basis of transformation and leadership and how they work in practice. The course is highly interactive and encourages the sharing of learning and the development of strategies around transformational change. It also focuses on developing the student’s leadership skills and reflecting on their own practice as a transformational leader.

Each module is delivered through a combination of six face-to face days, action learning sets, group tutorials and individual support, coaching sessions, and directed self-study. There will also be supplementary self-directed study tasks, including learning materials and resources to assist independent study.

Students should undertake both Modules to gain the PG Certificate (60 credits). Each module is worth (30 credits at Level 7 (Masters Level).

The programme uses lectures, skills workshops and seminars, with role play and discussion, Action Learning Sets, Group Tutorials, Directed Self-Study and Coaching to support students in developing a knowledge and critical understanding of Service Transformation and Leadership in their organisation and the wider context of CYP Mental Health transformation.

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