Netherlands, Utrecht

Leadership in Healthcare (Blended Version)

when 27 August 2018 - 31 August 2018
language English
duration 1 week
credits 7.5 EC
fee EUR 1950

In this multi-disciplinary course we let you recognize, experience, theorize, understand, question and develop (clinical) leadership practices in the context of your everyday work as a healthcare professional, researcher or manager. We support you in making the next step in your healthcare leadership career and expand your network and create strong, authentic frontline clinical leaders that catalyze quality improvement and safety. This blended part of the course starts with a one week face-to-face course in Utrecht followed by a 20-week online course.

Healthcare organizations are difficult to manage. Different logics and value systems are at play. Leadership of both professionals and managers are therefore of great importance when aiming to ensure high-quality patient care, employee satisfaction and overall organizational effectiveness. This is particularly true for frontline leaders who are the key interface.

But have you ever tried to articulate a definition of frontline clinical leadership in one concise sentence? We’d argue it can’t really be done. Because leadership is such a broad, complex and contested topic, it often holds different meaning for different people. This is part of its charm. At the end of this leadership development course, you will be able to build your own leadership philosophy and articulate its value in your daily work life as a healthcare professional, manager, educator or researcher.
This blended healthcare leadership course is inextricably linked to our leadership research here in Utrecht. We rely on our participants to ground the content we present and both develop their leadership and contribute to theory-building in the field of healthcare leadership research. This can only be done with regards of the participants own work context. Your daily work and cases of other health professionals are central in this course. It is only through these that the theory of leadership and management will come alive and help us create better patient care.

This blended version of the course starts with a one week face-to-face course in Utrecht followed by a 20-week online course. Some of the topics we cover in this 20-week blended course are: leadership styles, models and theories, role of power and authority, management vs. leadership, hybrid managers, role of institutional logics, 'professional work' vs. 'organization work', learning form failure, collaborative work and quality improvement and the 'dark side' of leadership.

Please note: it is also possible to only participate in the one week course in Utrecht without the 20-week online course. In this case you should apply for this course: Leadership in Healthcare

We start with a one week face-to-face course in Utrecht followed by a 20-week online course.

Face-to-face: A week full of workshops, seminars, serious gaming, presentations, dialog and discussion. A case study group assigment is part of the course. Each day we start at 9.00, have lunch between 12.00 and 13.00 and then work until 16.00 hours. In the evening there is time to enjoy the beautiful city of Utrecht, have drinks and do some preparation work for the next day.

Online: an 8-hour per week study load in which you discuss in small multidisciplinary groups (maximum of 15 participants) a wide range of topics, work on assignments, commend each others work, start dialogs, read articles and watch inspiring lectures on contemporary leadership issues.

Course leader

Pieterbas Lalleman, PhD RN

Course aim

Our aim is to help develop strong, authentic clinical leaders through letting you recognize, experience, theorize, understand and question (clinical) leadership practices in the context of your everyday work. Leading to improvement of care, enhancement of patient safety and boosting organizational performance.

Credits info

7.5 EC
Certificate of Attendance

Fee info

EUR 1950: Course + course materials
EUR 200: Housing


We provide discounts for specific professionals groups, partner institutions and from lower and middle income countries (please check the World Bank’s list of countries to see whether you are eligible). Please contact course director Pieterbas Lalleman (E

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