Leading Strategic Innovation in Health & Social Care

Short Course - 15 credits at SCQF level 11
Leading Strategic Innovation in Health & Social Care

Health and social care face huge demands in the 21st century with rapidly changing society and technology. Balancing these needs with sustainability requires creative thinking and a culture of innovation. This course will equip leaders with the confidence to instil authentic innovation practice and create culture aligned to strategy.

The course has one study option

Mode of Attendance

  • Online Learning

Mode of Study

  • Part Time

Start Date


Course Length

12 weeks

You will be introduced to tools and models and their application to support innovation thinking. Achieving empathy and overcoming your own pre-conceptions so that you can see situations through fresh eyes.

You may have a great idea, but you need to persuade others or justify it to decision makers. The course will look at how to pitch your idea to get if off the starting blocks. Viewing strategic goals as a lens for innovation.

Successful implementation is key for impactful innovation so the course will explore the challenges to be overcome and how to involve people in achieving success. The course explores aspects of authentic innovation cultures for enabling real innovation impact. 



The University regularly reviews its courses. Course content and structure may change over time. See our course and module disclaimer for more information.

Online Learning

You will learn via our online virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle which provides you with lectures and course materials and allows you to study from any location. You will participate in active, group-related learning within a supportive online community setting. You will have access to recorded lectures and opportunities to meet up online via discussion fora and live sessions.

Activity Summary

  • Approximately 20 participants per group
  • 6 x 3-hour interactive online workshops
  • Work packs with preparatory materials for each workshop 


A written report (3000 words) and a five-minute video pitch.

Independent Study

Approximately 10 hours per week directed study with reading list, videos, journal articles, observational exercises and interviews with peer-to-peer learning through discussion forums

Staff Delivering on this course

RGU’s Entrepreneurship and Innovation Group (EIG) were established to champion and embed entrepreneurial and innovation thinking, tools and techniques across the university. The group have won a number of awards for their work. EIG have partnered with the School of Health Sciences to create this course. The workshops will be facilitated by members of EIG who have also invited a range of guest speakers to join the sessions.


Academic Support

The Inclusion Centre advises and supports students who disclose a sensory or mobility impairment, chronic medical condition, mental health issue, dyslexia and other specific learning differences. Applicants are encouraged to arrange a pre-entry visit to discuss any concerns and to view the facilities.

Online Learning & Support

All online learning students, benefit from using our collaborative virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle. You will be provided with 24/7 online access to your learning material and resources, along with the ability to interact with your class members and tutors for discussion and support.

Study Skills Support

The Study Support Team provides training and support to all students in:

  • Academic writing
  • Study skills (note taking, exam techniques, time management, presentation)
  • Maths and statistics
  • English language
  • Information technology support

Library Support

The Library offers support for your course, including the books, eBooks, and journals you will need. We also offer online reading lists for many modules, workshops and drop-ins on searching skills and referencing, and much more.


This 15-credit post graduate course could form the basis of a post graduate certificate, diploma or masters qualification by accumulating the requisite number of credits in accordance with the requirements of RGU’s Professional Studies Framework (PSF).


Degree level or equivalent through practice, experience and responsibility.

All international students, for whom English is not their first language, will need either IELTS 6.5 or its equivalent in TOEFL.


Course Fees

  • This course is SFC funded, so fees will be paid for you.

Additional Costs

The following course-related costs are not included in the course fees:

  • Accommodation and Living costs
  • Printing
  • If participants choose to purchase the books on the book list (rather than using our library resources) the three books indicated for this course would cost £40.

As this is an online course, access to a computer or laptop with an internet connection is a requirement. For interactive sessions students may use a headset with microphone


For new intakes course fees are reviewed and published annually for each mode of delivery. Tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in the offer letter. For further information see:


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Taking this course, you will have access to some of the world's best facilities. 

We've invested more than £100 million in the development of our campus, new facilities and new resources.

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