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Leadership skills in nursing and midwifery

CPD Hours



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Managing people and resources


Leadership skills have been identified as key to the delivery of good healthcare.

However, healthcare leadership roles can be seen as daunting and ‘staggeringly complex’.

Nevertheless, the fundamentals of leadership can be simply defined as engaging others in creating and implementing a shared vision.

Given that leadership is a crucial component of management, it is essential that nurses and midwives in, or moving into, senior or management roles understand the principles of leadership.

This module is the first in a set of healthcare leadership modules. For more detailed information, it is recommended that you also complete the module Leadership Styles in Healthcare.

Learning Objective

At the end of this module participants will be able to:

  • Define the core principles of leadership.
  • Describe the relationship between management and leadership.
  • Explain the role of a vision in leadership.
  • Discuss the role of diversity in leadership.
  • Understand the importance of leadership in building effective teams.

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