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Leading Change in your Workplace: An Introductory Leadership Programme

Leading Change in your Workplace: An Introductory Leadership Programme

  • 25 Jan, 2020
  • 25 Apr, 2020
  • 9.30 am to 4.30 pm
Cork Airport Hotel

Presenter Name

Dr. Emer McGowan
Assistant Professor in Physiotherapy, TCD

Target Participant Level


Speciality Tag

Management, Business

Number Of Contact Hours


Are Refreshments Included On The Day ?


Cost to Attend

Non-ISCP Memers - €476 (Standard)
ISCP Members - €280
( ISCP Member )
(ISCP Student Member )
( CIG/EG/Branch Member )

Learning Objectives

This programme will allow participants to immediately apply the skills they learn to their everyday work practices. Following the first sessions, participants will have 12 weeks to complete a change project in their workplace. Each participant will identify and plan a change initiative or quality improvement plan in their workplace. They will then present the results of their project and their reflections on their experience of implementing the change on the morning of the second day of teaching.

The change project may be on anything of interest to the participant but should address one or more of the following aims:

  • A change in practice or delivery within a service
  • A quality improvement initiative
  • Innovation within an existing service

The combination of learning theory and applying it in their work environment will allow participants to develop leadership capabilities appropriate to their situation and also enable them to effectively drive change and improvement both immediately and in the future.

The intended learning outcomes of the course are that participants will:

  • Expand their knowledge and understanding of key leadership theories and concepts.
  • Learn about the evidence base for leadership models and leadership development approaches in healthcare.
  • Develop awareness of their leadership practices and strengths and the areas that require development.
  • Advance their knowledge and skills in change management and its application in the healthcare setting.
  • Learn strategies and tactics to plan, introduce and implement a change initiative in their workplace. Including specific strategies such as pitching ideas, negotiation, conflict management and communication techniques.
  • Reflect on their application of their learning from this course and use their conclusions to plan and implement future leadership projects and initiatives.

Event Description

During this highly interactive series, as well as covering the theory of leadership and change, participants will engage in whole-class discussions, small group work and experiential project work. Participants will attend two full day sessions and complete a change project in their workplace. Participants should have an idea of a change project that they would like to implement in their workplace when starting the course.


Day 1Full day of taught and interactive sessions covering:-

An introduction to leadership concepts and theory:

  • Covering definitions of leadership, leadership skills and capabilities, leadership theories and the evidence base for leadership and leadership development in healthcare.

Evaluating your leadership strengths:

  • Participants will be asked to complete the Clifton Strengths assessment ($20 per participant) before the session and bring their results with them on the day.
  • Participants will also be asked to complete the Leadership Practices Inventory for themselves and to have two colleagues complete the Leadership Practices Inventory Observer ($50 per participant) for them and to bring these results with them.
  • The models will be discussed and what the participants’ results mean for them in their roles.

Change theory and models in healthcare:

  • Change theory and change models that have been implemented in healthcare
  • Influencing culture change in a team or organisation
  • Case studies and discussion of participants’ experience of change


Online learning– Online content and reflective exercises. Completed by participants between the first and second study days including:

  • Participant forum


Day 2- Full day of interactive and taught sessions covering:

Feedback session on the change initiatives implemented in participants' workplaces:

  • Each participant will present on the change project that they conducted in their workplace.

Sustaining and growing your project:

  • Covering project management, strategies for dealing with set-backs, ensuring your resilience and up-scaling pilot projects.
  • Networking and negotiation strategies 



In the feedback on a previous leadership development course run by this presenter, 100% of respondents said that they would recommend this course to colleagues. Previous participants have also commented:

“Really enjoyed it. Very interesting and nice to do something different to the clinical side of the job.”

“Very interesting and positive to attend a course that is not clinically related as I tend to prioritise this type of CPD which on reflection are not always the impediments in more effective working. Team working and progressing our services depends so much on our ability to identify how to lead effectively”

Presenter Profile

 DrEmer McGowan is an assistant professor in the Discipline of Physiotherapy in Trinity College Dublin. Leadership and leadership development in physiotherapy are her main research interests and she has published several articles on this topic.

She teaches on the Professional Issues, Clinical Sciences and Advances in Physiotherapy modules and has previously developed and delivered leadership development courses for the Eastern Branch of the ISCP.

Cost to Attend

Leading Change in your Workplace: An Introductory Leadership Programme - ISCP Members €280

Leading Change in your Workplace: An Introductory Leadership Programme - Non ISCP Members €476

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