Course Details

Course Code(s):
Course Start Date:
September 2024
12 Weeks
University Certificate of Study
NFQ Level 9 Minor Award
Faculty: Education and Health Sciences
Course Type: Professional/Flexible
Fees: For Information on Fees, see section below.


Name: Department of Nursing & Midwifery
Address: Faculty of Education & Health Sciences Email: Telephone: +353 61 202271

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Brief Description

This course qualifies for 50% funding under the HCI Micro-Credential Course Learner Subsidy. Check fees section for details and eligibility.   Please Note:   Applicants may only apply for and receive, one subsidised course per semester.   

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Module Description

Module Code

NFQ Level

ECTS Credits

Next Intake


Leading and Managing Practice




Sept. 2024

€800 - EU

€1,500 - Non-EU

This micro-credential represents a single module within a larger further award (eg. Certificate, Diploma, Masters). By taking this micro-credential you may be eligible to apply for a credit exemption should you progress to study for a further award. The programmes associated with this MicroCred are:


The purpose of this module is to explore the evolving healthcare environment in providing a caring, person-centred approach, in leading and managing practice development. Understanding leadership is not a new phenomenon. It has been a feature of political agendas for years. However, it is only in the last century that an understanding of leadership has become of interest to medical and health service organisations. Leading and managing practices is a key feature of twenty-first century healthcare. The interdisciplinary requirements and demands of healthcare, the multiplicity of nursing and the inter-professional team, and supporting roles and increasing demands of healthcare such of an ageing population, and pandemics all mean the coordination of care is more complex now than it was at any time in the past. The purpose of this module is to explore the evolving healthcare environments in providing a caring, person-centred approach, in leading and managing practice development. This module explores many facets of the leadership and management role and what these mean for nurses and other healthcare professions. With the necessity for learning to become competent in the delivery of nursing care, the need to increase an understanding and be able to function as a healthcare leader is fundamental to the identity of the twenty-first century healthcare professional 

This module explores Leading and managing developing practice; challenges of caring as a creative dynamic; factors that shape and influence practice within the current healthcare setting; power dynamics, and the concept of empowerment; the interdisciplinary nature of collaboration; supporting and sustaining change in health care; clinical decision-making; ethics of care; reflection in transforming self and practice; the challenge for practitioners in sustaining change. 

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the programme the student will be able to:

  • Critically review the concepts of leading and managing in healthcare practice.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the challenges in promoting caring as a creative dynamic in practice.
  • Demonstrate the appraisal of processes in supporting and sustaining change.
  • Critically reflect on developing self and practice.
  • Demonstrate an appreciation of the value of transforming self and practice.
  • Demonstrate the appreciation of the value of ethical decision making in leading and managing practice.

Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of either prior successful completion of a degree qualification taught through the medium of English or meet criteria identified in the English Language qualifications set by the University of Limerick. 

Entry requirements are established to ensure the learner can engage with the course material and assessments, at a level suitable to their needs, and the academic requirements of the module. By applying to this micro-credential, you are confirming that you have reviewed and understand any such requirements, and that you meet the eligibility criteria for admission.

Successful completion of this module does not automatically qualify you for entry into a further award. All programme applicants must meet the entry requirements listed if applying for a further award.


 €800 - EU

€1,500 - Non-EU 

HCI Micro-Credential Course Learner Subsidy - Candidates who satisfy the eligibility criteria can qualify for 50% funding subject to the availability of places. To clarify eligibility please go to Eligibility Criteria 

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