Evidence-Based Health Care Leadership Programme

Course details

Developing the next generation of leaders in evidence-based healthcare

Leadership brings new challenges, demands and expectations you will not have experienced before. No matter your background and expertise in evidence-based health care, the unique skills and perspectives required to advance as a leader need to be carefully nurtured.

For the first time, we have collected together the expertise, assessment tools, models and first-hand practical leadership experience into an opportunity for you to pause, reflect and learn.

Assess and develop your own leadership approach with a like minded peer group, both in Oxford, and back in your role, as you apply theory into practice.   

Studied as a three module programme, or taken as standalone courses, you will thoroughly explore your own style of leadership, its place within the organisation and the wider strategic landscape you will influence.

Delivered in conjunction with Oxford's Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, the programme is also supported by the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine (CEBM).

If you would like to discuss the course, please contact us at: cpdhealth@conted.ox.ac.uk

Programme details

The programme is comprised of three modules. Each can be studied individually as a short course as well as together as one programme.

Fundamentals of Leadership

This course will examine the different styles of leadership and how your personal approach to leadership fits with these through psychometric tests and 1-2-1 coaching. You will discover areas for self-development as a leader, and set a path to build on your strengths through a personalised action plan.

(*5th July - 9th July 2021 *As a result of travel restrictions and the ongoing situation regarding Covid-19, this module is now being delivered fully online.)

Organisational Leadership

You will gain a comprehensive and practical guide to organisational leadership, exploring the hands-on skills required to implement your leadership style and navigate organisational behaviours.

(*21st - 24th March 2022 *As a result of travel restrictions and the ongoing situation regarding Covid-19, this module is now being delivered fully online.)

Strategic Leadership

This course will enable you to set strategic goals to grow the impact of your work beyond your current organisational horizons. This will be informed by a comprehensive understanding of the strategic challenges you will face, and how to build effective relationships in the wider world.

(*11th - 15th September 2022 Sunday evening to Thursday afternoon, *Face to face delivery in Oxford)

Course aims

This programme aims to enable you to:

  • gain a new perspective on your career and how you can best adapt to the challenges ahead
  • join an international and diverse cohort of peers in an open learning environment
  • form deep relationships with an action learning group, informing and supporting each other’s learning
  • study with world-class faculty and utilise resources from the number one ranked University in the world
  • grow your research strategy with confidence beyond your current organisational horizons.
  • gain a practical application of leadership within the organisation
  • examine your style and learn the skills you will need to develop into a leader in evidence based healthcare

Assessment methods

The programme is not formally assessed.


A certificate of attendance will be issued for each module completed on the programme.


Prof Kamal Mahtani

Kamal Mahtani is a GP, Associate Professor and Director of the Evidence-Based Health Care Leadership programme. He is also the Director of MSc in EBHC Systematic Reviews

Sean Heneghan

Sean Heneghan is a Senior Associate Tutor on the Evidence-Based Health Care Leadership programme.

Level and demands

To apply for the course you should:

  • have a relevant undergraduate degree and professional work experience in the health service or a health-related field.

  • be able to combine intensive classroom learning with the application of the principles and practices of evidence-based health care leadership within the work place.

  • have a good working knowledge of email, internet, word processing and Windows applications (for communications with course members, course team and administration)

  • show evidence of the ability to commit time to study and an employer's commitment to make time available to attend course the course.

  • be able to demonstrate English language proficiency at the University’s higher level


Applications for the full programme and for the Fundamentals of Leadership module are now being accepted.

The programme application requires you to complete an online application form and to attach a copy of your CV.

Section B of the form will also ask you to include a statement supporting your application. Please explain why you are applying for the Leadership programme and give an example of how you feel this training will support your leadership development and career progression.

Please ensure you read the guidance notes which appear when you click on the symbols as you progress through the application form.  Any errors resulting from failure to do so may delay your application.

If you have any questions about the programme, please email: cpdhealth@conted.ox.ac.uk



2020/21 entry fee: £11,800


If you wish to take a module as a stand-alone short course the fees are:

  • Fundamentals of Leadership (2021): £4800.00

  • Organisational Leadership (2022): £4000.00*

  • Strategic Leadership (2022): £4000.00*

If booked individually, when booking the third module a £1000 discount will be honoured to match the overall programme fee. 

*Please note that the fee rates are for the year of entry stated. The fee for entry to the programme in 2021, along with future module fees, have yet to be confirmed and are subject to annual inflation. 


As a result of travel restrictions and the ongoing situation regarding Covid-19, the 'Fundamentals of Leadership', and 'Organisational Leadership' modules are being delivered fully online, and no accommodation will be required.

Accommodation for the 'Strategic Leadership' module will be available on site at an indicative  cost of £100 per night. This includes bed and breakfast when booked as a block for the module  

(Accommodation costs are subject to annual inflation.)

Lunch is provided and there will be a course dinner.  Other dinners will not be provided as part of the course.

Fees and accommodation costs subject to annual inflation.