Introduction to Surgical Management and Leadership

Course summary

  • Mon 13 May 2019 to Fri 17 May 2019
  • Rewley House, 1 Wellington Square, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX1 2JA.
  • From £1850.00
  • 20 CATS points
  • Course code O18C292B9Y
  • +44(0)1865 286954
  • Applications being accepted

Introduction to Surgical Management and Leadership


The Introduction to Surgical Management and Leadership course provides a greater understanding of how organisations work and the key role of the consultant surgeon within it. This increased understanding gives the chance to become much more effective in initiating and managing quality change.

The Introduction to Surgical Management and Leadership course illustrates the various ways in which finance, health care markets, organisational systems, and professionalism operate together. The relationship between these factors generates three basic themes:

  • Healthcare systems in the NHS and other models of health care
  • Individual professionalism and leadership in creating quality healthcare
  • Developing the business case for quality.

By the end of the course participants will be able to:

  1. Understand the different drivers for improvement in healthcare systems that exist in the UK and the world including their advantages and disadvantages;
  2. Understand the difficult decisions facing all health care systems;
  3. Appreciate the role of individual clinicians in improving healthcare quality and productivity in different systems;
  4. Have an understanding of themselves as a professional;
  5. Understand the role of the professional in improving quality;
  6. Understand the role of leadership in quality improvement;
  7. Understand of the role of leadership in organisational change;
  8. Understand the purpose and nature of a business case;
  9. Equip participants with the tools to create, market and implement their own business case.

At the end of the week there will be the opportunity to apply these elements in an imaginary surgical case study and to examine the individual's role as they participate in managing competing organisational interests.

Offered by Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences and the Department for Continuing Educations CPD Centre, the taught week is led by Professor Richard Canter, Visiting Professor of Surgical Education at the University of Oxford.

It features face-to-face lectures and tutorials in small groups.

Class sizes are kept small to allow full interaction with tutors. Study before and after the course is supported by a rich virtual learning environment.

Comments from previous participants:

"I loved the flexibility of the course. It allowed good, in-depth discussion with the faculty. I have learnt more about leadership and management in five days of this course than six years of working! Definitely recommended."

"I was pleasantly surprised at how approachable the faculty were. From very early on the lines between faculty and delegate were blurred and it was refreshing to be treated as a fellow colleague rather than mentor and student."

"The role playing scenario at the end of the week was a fantastic way of summarising and applying all that was taught during the week."

Programme details

This course can be taken:


This course will be held at the Department for Continuing Education, Rewley House, Oxford.


Short course participants who do not wish to undertake the assessed work required for academic credit but who do satisfy the course attendance requirements will receive a Certificate of Attendance.

Those successfully completing the couse for credit can apply to receive a CATS point transcript.


Accommodation is available at the Rewley House Residential Centre, within the Department for Continuing Education, in central Oxford. The comfortable, en-suite, study-bedrooms are rated 4-star, and come with free high-speed internet access and TV. Guests can take advantage of the excellent dining facilities and common room bar, where they may relax and network with others on the programme.

IT requirements

This course uses the Department’s online assignment submission system and online courseware. In order to participate in the course, and to prepare and submit your course assignments you will need access to the Internet and a computer meeting our recommended minimum computer specification. Students of this course may use the student computing facilities provided in Departmental buildings.


Short course in Surgical Science and Practice: £2240.00
Students enrolled on the MSc in Surgical Science and Practice: £1850.00


Details of funding opportunities including grants, bursaries and scholarships are available on our sources of funding page.


The course fee includes:

  • Tuition
  • Course materials
  • Refreshments and a three course lunch on each day of the course
  • Access to the following University of Oxford libraries and services:
    • Radcliffe Science Library
    • Rewley House Continuing Education Library
    • Bodleian Libraries e-Resources
  • Access to facilities from the Department of Continuing Education, including:
    • The Graduate School
    • WebLearn virtual learning environment


Professor Richard Canter

Module Coordinator

Visiting Professor of Surgical Education, University of Oxford

Richard Canter is currently visiting Professor of Surgical Education at the University of Oxford. After appointment as a consultant surgeon in Bath he completed a PhD in Management at the University of Bath. This led to appointments on the Intercollegiate Surgical Curriculum Project reforming surgical education and an appointment as Deputy Director (curriculum development) of Surgical Education at the Royal College of Surgeons of England. He has undertaken reviews of surgical training in the UK for the Royal College of Surgeons and Kosovo for the European Agency for Reconstruction after the Balkan War and made recommendations for improvement. An interest in professionalism and leadership led to research grants on clinician/management engagement. He was until recently Head of the Postgraduate School of Surgery in the Severn Deanery and past Chair of the Heads of Schools of Surgery for the UK. He is Lead Tutor for the Introduction to Surgical Management and Leadership module of the Master’s in Surgical Science and Practice.

Assessment methods

Assessment will be based on submission of a set written assignment, not exceeding 4,000 words.

Academic credit

Those wishing to may apply to take the course with accreditation. The University of Oxford Department for Continuing Education offers Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS) points for the course. Participants attending at least 75% of the taught course and successfully completing assessed assignments are eligible to earn credit equivalent to 20 CATS-equivalent points which may be counted towards a postgraduate qualification.


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This course requires you to complete and submit the application form below and a copy of your CV. If you are applying to take this course for academic credit you will also need to complete section two of the reference form and forward it to your referee for completion. Please note that if you are not applying to take the course for academic credit then you do not need to submit a reference.

Please ensure you read the guidance notes before completing the application form, as any errors resulting from failure to do so may delay your application.

Applications deadline: To be confirmed

Places on the course are limited, so early application is strongly recommended. Once we have received your completed application it will be considered by the admissions panel.

This course is part of the MSc in Surgical Science and Practice. If you would like to apply for the MSc in Surgical Science and Practice please visit the programme page.

Selection criteria

To apply for this course you should:

  • be a graduate or have successfully completed a professional training course
  • have at least two years' 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 within the work place
  • demonstrate a suitable level of English (if this is not your first language).