MA Leading Innovation for Clinical Practitioners

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Develop the skills required to support the development and leadership capacity of colleagues, whilst improving patient care, patient experience and innovation in service delivery.

If you are a practitioner working at any level of a healthcare organisation and you are interested in developing your leadership competencies and committed to leading quality transformation and innovation at the point of care, this course will enable you to take your skills and career to the next level.

This part-time MA programme is designed to emphasise the responsibility of all clinical practitioners - perfect for current or aspiring leaders.


This innovative programme will enable you to develop the academic skills required of an MA graduate whilst acquiring the competencies required of a clinical leader. You will benefit from a tripartite approach to teaching, learning and assessment between yourself, UEA and your employer. This will enable you to cultivate a comprehensive appreciation of your leadership strengths and development needs, as well as the strengths and needs of others. The course has been carefully designed to foster expertise in organising others and teamwork, decision-making, resource management, project management for service improvement, and assessment of evidence to inform new strategies and services.

You will maintain a portfolio throughout the course which will document your progress and demonstrate your achievement with relation to the NHS Clinical Leadership Framework. Skills you will develop during the programme include:

  • Effective decision-making
  • Comprehensive appreciation of your own strengths and development needs, as well as the strengths and development needs of others
  • Expertise in organising others and working in teams
  • Assessing a range of evidence to inform new strategies and services
  • Efficient management of available resources


The School of Health Sciences is the perfect place to continue your health career in leading innovation, as you are provided with the highest standard of academic and clinical education. Our facilities are second to none and with innovative teaching methods and passionate, dedicated staff you will be inspired and challenged throughout your studies.

Student feedback consistently tells us that our courses are dynamic and fascinating, due to our enquiry-based learning techniques and clinical skills acquisition. This course include the following elements:

  • Enquiry based learning – Early on in the course you will be given real problems from real patients to solve as both groups and individuals. This ensures you experience how to apply your new knowledge in practice.
  • Essential clinical skills – Clinical skills are embedded in the course right from the start. Simulated skills are taught and practiced in the classroom throughout the course.
  • Research – The teaching staff are continually involved in research (92% of our research is world leading, REF 2014), which means you will benefit from their knowledge of the very latest practices and techniques.
  • Supportive culture – Teaching groups are small, which encourages a close-knit student body and a supportive learning culture.


You will graduate with a portfolio of evidence demonstrating your leadership competencies and behaviours. You will gain the skills, experience and confidence required for senior leadership in the NHS and other health service providers. You will also be able to provide evidence for promotion, such as from Grade 6 to 7; from Grade 7 to 8.


Year 1

  • Managing yourself and others
  • Politics, power and persuasion
  • Managing services

Year 2

  • Innovation and practice
  • Transforming the service

Year 3

  • Dissertation

Course Modules 2017/8

Students must study the following modules for 60 credits:

Name Code Credits


The aim of the module is to help practitioners to further develop the management and leadership capacity and capability in order to minimise waste and accurately identify the appropriate type and level of resources required to deliver safe and effective services. Also, to develop creative and innovative evidence based management and leadership approaches to managing the business of healthcare, improving service performance and affecting change. The objective of this module is to support practitioners to understand and apply the principles of strategic planning to manage the business of healthcare.




The aim of this module is to support practitioners to develop a critical understanding of efficient and effective leadership in order to manage yourself and lead others. The overall objective of the module is to empower them to lead innovative change and organisational development through the fostering of a sense of shared sense of leadership and responsibility for the success of the organisation and the development of quality services.



Students must study the following modules for 70 credits:

Name Code Credits


The module provides you with the opportunity to study aspects of service improvement and practice innovation in depth. It is designed to help you to develop your knowledge of current approaches to quality and governance in healthcare and specifically, to enable you to acquire new skills in the application of available frameworks for service improvement and practice innovation within the current context of the Health and Social Care Quality Agenda.




This module provides the opportunity for practitioners to complete a substantial project and to evaluate its impact or likely impact on care provision and the patient experience This module offers student further opportunity to develop: #Engagement of staff, service users and carers and other agencies and disciplines to inform service review and development #Resourcefulness and creativity in problem-solving and solution finding #Ways to motivate staff and promote resilience #Expertise in facilitating transformation and leading change #Evaluation of the impact of service transformation on patient safety and the quality of the patient experience #Ability to communicate the case for change and to disseminate good practice



Students must study the following modules for 60 credits:

Name Code Credits


The aim of the Dissertation is to illustrate the depth of knowledge developed through the whole MA Leading Innovation for Clinical Practitioners. The objective is to demonstrate how patient care, the patient/client experience and innovation in service delivery can be improved through a substantial applied work-based study. The nature of the dissertation requires an ongoing tripartite relationship with yourself, the UEA and your employing organisation. This approach is aimed at embedding learning within the workplace at the point of care. The work should demonstrate achievement of competency to the level of experienced practitioner across all domains of the Clinical Leadership Competency Framework.




Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

Entry Requirements

  • Degree Subject A health or care profession
  • Degree Classification 2.2 or equivalent or evidence of study at level 6
  • Special Entry Requirements Current registration as a health or care professional with an appropriate professional statutory regulatory body and a minimum of 2 years relevant work experience.

Entry Requirement

Must be current or aspiring clinical leaders and have the support of their employing organisation and have identified the undertaking of this programme within their PDR/PDP process.

Students who do not meet the academic criterion might consider the B.A. programme for this course (contact for details).

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

We welcome applications from students whose first language is not English or those whose degree was not taught in English. To ensure such students benefit fully from postgraduate study, we require evidence of proficiency in English. We also will require a certain standard to be achieved on the written element of the test. Our usual entry requirements are as follows:

  • IELTS: 7.0 (minimum 7.0 in all component)
  • PTE: 68 (minimum 68 in all components)

All scores must be less than two years old.


Intakes are every September.

Fees and Funding

Fees for the full course for the academic year 2017/18 are:

  • UK/EU Students: £7,300
  • International Students: £14,800

Part-time students can pay per module studied. However, module fees may be subject to an annual increase.

International applicants from outside the EU may need to pay a deposit

For those applying under the Health Education England contract, contract prices will apply.


How to Apply

Applications for Postgraduate Taught programmes at the University of East Anglia should be made directly to the University.

You can apply online.

Further Information

To request further information & to be kept up to date with news & events please use our online enquiry form.

If you would like to discuss your individual circumstances prior to applying please do contact us:

Postgraduate Admissions Office
Tel: +44 (0)1603 591515

International candidates are also encouraged to access the International Students section of our website.

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