Lead and manage change in health and social care
Lead and manage change in health and social care

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Lead and manage change in health and social care

Lead and manage change in health and social care


Change is everywhere in health and social care environments. It can evoke a range of emotions, from excitement and eager anticipation, to fear, anxiety or hostility. Alongside the ‘big ideas’ for change that are articulated at policy level, managers are engaged in a continual process of implementing small-scale changes that can make a real difference to people’s lives at a local level. While service users and frontline staff are also involved in change processes, it is often a particular responsibility of managers to make changes happen, and this can involve overcoming significant resistance.

In this free course, you will explore the role of managers in the change process, and the skills required for managing and leading change. You will also plan a change project.

This OpenLearn course is an adapted extract from the Open University course K313 Leadership and management in health and social care [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)]


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