Leadership for Leaders

Course Title:  Leadership for Leaders (ILM Level 5 Operational Management Diploma)
Duration: 2years 3 months
Level: 5
Start date (if applicable): September Yearly

Entry Requirements
There are no entry requirements to come on the programme.  The learner must be working in a role were they are able to demonstrate the skills and knowledge obtained and put into practice within their role.  This would be a senior manager position in charge of an area or a service, or aspiring to be so and is already in a manager role.  The learner must be responsible for setting, achieving, and be accountable for department or service level goals and objectives as part of the Divisional and Trust Big Plan

Course Overview
This programme will help you to develop and lead a team or service to achieve improved results for better patient outcome or staff experience.  You will gain knowledge and skills of how to drive this through organisational change, motivation and staff engagement, whilst etting clear standards and expectations aligned with the Trust values and Big Plan.  As part of the programme you will have to undertake a service project which directly aligns to an objective, KPI, CIP or CQUINN with clear measures, outcomes and evaluation. 

What will I learn?
The main focus of the learning is being able to put learning into practice back in the workplace.  The learning is to improve your own self-awareness, management skills and development through problem solving and decision making.  The course content includes understanding how to lead and manage people, building relationships and understanding your stakeholders, communication at a senior level, operational management, and project management and how to manage finance from an organisational/divisional/departmental level. 

How will I be taught?
A combination of monthly taught sessions, action learning sets, on-line learning, self-directed research, coaching, 360 report and a work place project.

How will I be assessed?
During the programme this will be done through informal assessment of group discussions and Q&A during class.  Formal assessment through written assignments, development of a portfolio, professional discussions, collation of work place products and completion of a work place project aligned to KPI’s, CIP’s or quality improvement for a service or staff group.  At the end of the programme you will also complete End Point Assessment (EPA) conducted by ILM. This consists of an online multiple choice exam, development of a showcase portfolio, presentation of project, professional discussion and an interview.  These will all be conducted via remote access (Skype) and an online system.

What can I do next?
You can top your diploma up with credits to gain a degree or continue onto our inhouse Senior Leadership programme. 

Is there anything else I need to know?
The course is of a level where you are expected to be self-motivated to learn. There is a lot of work to do to obtain the diploma so you must be willing and able to put the time and effort into the programme.  You gain great networks and support from fellow colleagues on the programme and to date we have had great success with the outcomes of our learners.  Most have gone on to gain promotions even prior to completion of the programme and speak in high regards to the programme.  If you are looking to progress and/or enhance your current skills with like-minded people from a multi-disciplinary team then this could be the programme for you.