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South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Case Study

MSc Management Practice

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Healthcare managers face a constant battle to balance excellent clinical care with effective operational performance. Developing leaders who can engage staff will improve organisational culture and put teams in a better place to improve services and processes. Strong leadership combined with clinical and managerial expertise, is critical to the future of the NHS.

South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust partnered with Alliance Manchester Business School to launch senior leader master’s degree apprenticeships as part of the Trust’s extensive workforce development programme.

Senior leader apprenticeship programmes are carefully crafted to:

  • Provide the knowledge, skills and behaviours required from a strategic leader
  • Focus learning through work-based projects and academic modules
  • Equip accidental managers with the confidence to make decisions that meet both clinical and managerial demands.

The senior leader apprenticeships began in January 2020, initially supporting over 35 of the Trust’s future leaders through health-focused MSc Management Practice and Global MBA courses. A further cohort of managers are set to join the MSc in January 2021.

“One thing within the NHS is that we are here to provide care for our staff and that’s the common goal that pulls us all together. This training will be able to make people provide that care in a different way, to be able to think more innovatively, to be able to move forwards and the ultimate outcome will be that they will then have a new way of looking and a new way of working together so that will be able to provide a better outcome overall as a trust.”