Oxford Healthcare Leadership Programme

Navigate complexity to drive change

Start dates:


  • 5 days on-campus

Time commitment:

  • Short programme


  • Oxford


  • £7,300 (plus accommodation)

About the programme

Interpret the complex global healthcare environment and harness the paradoxical forces within it to effect change.

The Oxford Healthcare Leadership Programme is a specially developed programme designed to help clinical leaders and healthcare executives sense-make and influence across a sector characterised by multiple funding models, continual service redesign, technological change, and increasing public and political scrutiny.

It brings together not only Oxford Saïd’s cutting-edge research in leadership, strategy, and change but also insights from expert practitioners and other academics from across the University of Oxford. 

Modules on the course cover:

  • Enhancing your leadership style
  • Increasing performance
  • Driving innovation
  • Discerning effective strategy
  • Understanding the environment

Working as part of a diverse, experienced, and balanced cohort, you will gain new insights into leadership and systemic responses to critical challenges, and hone your learning into focused, actionable plans.

Our aim in creating this programme was to provide a forum in which healthcare leaders could examine the challenges and contradictions inherent in their roles and organisations and use those insights to drive transformational change.

Mark O’Brien

Programme Director, Associate Fellow

The programme design

This programme has been designed as an intensive, in-person experience in Oxford. It covers the core themes of the programme using workshops, facilitated discussions, clinics, and small-group work, helping you to create your own, personalised ‘leadership playbook.’

Before the programme you will have access to pre-recorded material designed challenge your perception of Healthcare Leadership and encourage critical thinking.

    Course modules

    Full-time study over five days, including evening speakers and dinners

    Understanding the environment

    Examining healthcare megatrends, including healthcare economics and business model disruption, technological disruption

    Discerning effective strategy

    Effective strategy formation; strategy in a time of disruption; forming a digital strategy

    Driving innovation

    Leading in systems; redesigning with a safety and quality lens; creating and embedding an innovation culture

    Increasing performance

    Leading solutions; creating a high-performance arc in a healthcare setting, addressing underperformance and holding critical conversations

    Enhancing your leadership style

    Self-development and renewal, maintaining your internal compass, negotiation


    To you

    • Enhanced leadership skills and confidence
    • Awareness of different ways of addressing critical healthcare challenges
    • Knowledge and frameworks to make better strategic decisions
    • A network of peers in diverse organisations and healthcare systems around the world
    • Lifetime membership of the Oxford Business Alumni Network

    To your organisation

    • Your new thinking, enthusiasm, and detailed plan for change
    • Insights from research and exposure to models and cases from different healthcare systems
    • Your skills to collaborate and influence across the system
    • Opportunities to connect further with an international network of healthcare organisations

    Expected class profile


    Class size


    Average age




    Average years’ experience

    Leadership in this context is about influencing and persuading, and requires sophisticated analytical and diplomatic skills to recognise and work with the tensions in the system while diffusing potential conflicts.

    Eleanor Murray

    Academic Director, Senior Fellow in Management Practice and Associate Dean for Executive Education

    Is the programme right for you?

    We are inviting applications from people with the following responsibilities in health or related sectors:

    • Senior leaders, clinical and non-clinical
    • Senior managerial leaders
    • CEOs
    • Executives
    • Board members
    • Healthcare industry executives
    • Healthcare policy professionals
    • Senior government healthcare leaders and executives
    • Senior government policy or service planning leaders
    • Entrepreneurs.

    Joining the programme


    • Programme fee - £7,300 (includes all tuition, education materials, all daytime refreshments and most evening meals, including one at a college.)
    • Accommodation - £1,075 (this is a non-residential programme. We will book your accommodation (from Sunday to Friday) at a hotel partner and include it on your invoice unless you tell us otherwise.) 

    Registrations are confirmed on receipt of full payment of the programme fee, and places are allocated in order of receipt of payment.

    Corporate privileges

    Take advantage of our corporate partner rate (15%) if three or more people from your organisation take part.

    Further benefits for organisations are available when three or more participants attend one of our executive programmes within 12 months.

    Visa requirements

    Once you have a confirmed place on a programme, we suggest you apply for a visa as soon as possible, as it can take up to 100 days to process.

    Saïd Business School can provide a letter to support your visa application if required.

    Covid-19 information

    Terms & conditions


    11-16 June 2023 

    3-8 March 2024

    Recruitment closes one week before the start date, unless they become fully subscribed in advance.


    Lifetime membership of the Oxford Business Alumni Network.

    Meet the faculty

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