LO1 Debate the concept of professional practice within the current context of leadership and management in light of competing and incomplete evidence

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 PF754 Leadership , Management & Professional Issues



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Academic Year 2021-22


Module Code and Title:

PF754 Leadership , Management & Professional Issues


Module Leader:


Assignment No. and Type:

CW1 – Written Assignment


Assessment Weighting:

All elements must be passed to pass this module. CW1 100%;

Submission Date:


Target Feedback Date:



Assignment Task: PF754 Leadership , Management & Professional Issues

Formative Assessment will enable students to prepare an outline plan of their written assignment that will inform the summative assignment.  Students will reflect on their own organisation and develop a SWOT analysis. This will help to identify areas for discussion in the summative assessment.

Appropriateness of the topic to their clinical field will be discussed, evaluated and feedback provided.

Summative Assessment requires you to submit a 4000 word (+/- 10%) critical reflective and analysis of professional practice, and synthesise new approaches to practice innovation in light of current evidence. You must clearly identify, examine, and critically evaluate key issues using a body of diverse evidence to support the synthesis, examination & application within your professional field to enhance care quality. Students are expected to consider the wider strategic issues as well as their own experiences and relate the content to their area of practice.

Introduction –succinct description of your organisation with confidentiality adhered to at all times.  Identification of what you will be discussing, and the order in which it will be presented.

Main body-What are the contextual & extrinsic factors? National policies, e.g. targets-directives, and how do they influence L&M processes?  Financial constraints -budgets again does this impact?  L&M’s responsibility to ensure all is in place. Write about these influences in a concise manner pulling out key elements you have already researched and remember these may not all be relevant to your particular workplace.

As you move towards the end of discussing extrinsic factors –lead the reader into your next focused area for discussion -the intrinsic factors.

Start by discussing your findings from audit tools used, for example the SWOT analysis, or similar tool findings to justify your chosen threads. These will then be analysed in relation to theory.

Possible lines of enquiry might be include but are not exclusive or exhaustive :

  • How does Cultural/ transformational leadership (Schein 2004 cited in Shedlitzki and Edwards (2014) impact on your role within the organisation?
  • Leadership styles -the impact of leadership styles on colleagues/team members and effectiveness of managing a department or sector.
  • Links to ethical leadership- team engagement, effectiveness of leadership style and consistency across different roles.
  •  Ways of communicating; team motivation –clarity of roles and responsibilities;  leading you towards the conclusion

Conclusion summarise the key findings, do not add- anything new.

Recommendations to your organisation – what next? If possible include a costed action plan to facilitate a plan of action:

Submit your essay in size 12, Arial font with 1.5 line spacing.

1. Provide a title page which includes:

- Your student number and cohort

- The module information (module code and name)

- The actual word count (within +/- 10%) of 4000 words)

- Your submission date

2. Throughout your essay use:

- Arial font size 12

- 1.5 or double line spacing

- Page numbers as footer

- Student number as header

Your essay should include:

An accurate reference list using the Bucks Harvard referencing system

Word Count does not include:


You are tasked to write succinctly and competently.


This assignment has been designed to provide you with an opportunity to demonstrate your achievement of the following module learning outcomes:

LO 1

Debate the concept of professional practice within the current context of leadership and management in light of competing and incomplete evidence

LO 2

Critically reflect and evaluate ways of professionally influencing and challenging traditional practice, service redesign, service redevelopment and its impact within a multidisciplinary team to improve service delivery

LO 3

Synthesise evidence from diverse sources, developing an intellectual breadth of knowledge, skills and understanding of leadership and management strategies to support the development of autonomy within ethical codes and legal frameworks

LO 4

Demonstrate the appropriation and application of knowledge of leadership and management theory in the evaluation of service improvement, service practice, policy and processes to evidence change in the quality of service outcomes.

LO 5

Critically reflect on their roles as leaders in the improvement of quality in the provision of care, by demonstrating insight and the ability to construct rigorous arguments in reference to clinical governance, risk management and service user safety.


Task requirements: PF754 Leadership , Management & Professional Issues

This assignment is based on an aspect or area of your service provision that can be improved. You should include the leadership and management issues relevant to the issue and identify how they can be addressed. The professional issue, opportunity or situational innovation should make use of relevant leadership/management theories, policies, legislation and research to underpin and highlight its’ improvement, by demonstrating professional and personal insight to construct a rigorous rationale and direction of travel for the change(s) and innovative developments.

Referencing and research requirements

Please reference your work according to the Harvard style as defined in Cite Them Right Online (http://www.citethemrightonline.com). This information is also available in book form: Pears, R. and Shields, G. (2016) Cite them right: the essential reference guide. 10th ed. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. Copies are available via the university library.


How your work will be assessed

Your work will be assessed on the extent to which it demonstrates your achievement of the stated learning outcomes for this assignment (see above) and against other key criteria, as defined in the University’s institutional grading descriptors. If it is appropriate to the format of your assignment and your subject area, a proportion of your marks will also depend upon your use of academic referencing conventions. This assignment will be marked according to the grading descriptors for Level 7.


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