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Leadership in Healthcare

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Utrecht University, Faculty of Medicine (UU)
Course code
Course fee (incl. housing)
€ 1050
Master level

In this multi-disciplinary course we let you recognize, experience, theorize, understand, question and develop (clinical) leadership practices in the context of your everyday work as a healthcare professional, researcher or manager. We support you in making the next step in your healthcare leadership career and expand your network.

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Healthcare organizations are difficult to manage. Different logics and value systems are at play. Leadership of both professionals and managers are therefore of great importance when aiming to ensure high-quality patient care, employee satisfaction and overall organizational effectiveness. This is particularly true for frontline leaders who are the key interface between care, cure and managerial control. But have you ever tried to articulate a definition of frontline clinical leadership in one concise sentence? We’d argue it can’t really be done. Because leadership is such a broad, complex and contested topic, it often holds different meaning for different people. This is part of its charm. At the end of this leadership development course, you will be able to build your own leadership philosophy and articulate its value in your daily work life as a healthcare professional, manager, educator or researcher.

We see (clinical) leadership as a modus operandi. We don’t believe leadership in healthcare is tied to position, or confined to the grand heroic gestures of a select few. We see leadership as a joint effort, emerging from and embedded in everyday practice. It is a way of thinking and being, rather than a collection of generic tools to draw on. For us, leadership in healthcare is a practice, ongoing and relational, where context is integral, and people are core.

This blended healthcare leadership course is inextricably linked to our leadership research here in Utrecht. The two exist in a self-perpetuating loop, where one informs the other. We rely on our participants to ground the content we present and both develop their leadership and contribute to theory-building in the field of healthcare leadership research. This can only be done with regards to the participants own work context. Your daily work and cases of other health professionals are central in this course. It is only through these that the theory of leadership and management will come alive and help us create better patient care.

Some of the topics we cover in this one week course are: leadership styles, models and theories, role of power and authority, management vs. leadership, hybrid managers, role of institutional logics, 'professional work' vs. 'organization work', learning from failure, collaborative work and quality improvement and the 'dark side' of leadership.

Please note: it is also possible to extend this one week course in Utrecht with a 20-week online course. In this case you should apply for this course: Leadership in Healthcare (Blended Version) .

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Pieterbas Lalleman is both a nurse and an organizational sociologist and works as PhD Candidate for Utrecht University Medical Center and the Research Centre for Innovations in Healthcare at the HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht.

Tags: leadership development, healthcare, management, patient safety, performance improvement, care quality, research, hospital, serious gaming

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Pieterbas Lalleman, MA BN RN (Course Director Leadership in Health Care, lecturer & researcher at University Medical Center and HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht, The Netherlands)


Thóra Hafsteinsdóttir, PhD BsN (senior researcher and associate professor at Utrecht University and the University of Iceland)
Marianne Lensink MSc (Director Care of the Association of Dutch Health Insurers)
Josien Engel, PhD, BN (senior researcher and lecturer at Elevate Health)
Prof. dr. Carina Hilders (Professor medical leadership Rotterdam & CEO Reinier de Graaf Hospital)
Charlotte de Winter, Msc, BN (coordinating specialist inspector)
Anja Jonkers, Msc, BN (project chief inspector)
Carien Geerste, Msc, BN (senior inspector)
Roelof Ettema, PhD BN RN (seniour researcher at HU University of Applied Sciences)


This course is for mid-career health professionals (both clinical and research) and frontline managers working in the field of healthcare.

Participants have at least a BSc in a healthcare-related profession, or an MA, MSc, MD or PhD qualification.

Preferably you are currently working or studying in a healthcare/research institution


Our aim is to let you recognize, experience, theorize, understand, question and develop (clinical) leadership practices in the context of your everyday work as a healthcare professional, researcher or manager in order to improve care, enhance patient safety and boost organizational performance.


A 5 day week full of workshops, seminars, serious gaming, presentations, dialog and discussion. Each day we start at 9.00, have lunch between 12.00 and 13.00 and then work until 16.00 hours in the afternoon. In the evening there is time to enjoy the beautiful city of Utrecht, have drinks and do some preparation work for the next day.


• € 1050 - Course + course materials + housing
• € 850 - Course + course materials

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We provide discounts for specific professionals groups, partner institutions and from lower and middle income countries (please check the World Bank’s list of countries to see whether you are eligible). Please contact course director Pieterbas Lalleman (E: pieterbas.lalleman@hu.nl) for more information. Be advised, we do not provide full scholarships.


Pieterbas Lalleman
E: pieterbas.lalleman@hu.nl
T: +31 6105127276

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Deadline for registration: 31 July 2017

Course fully booked