Contemporary Leadership and Governance Strategy in Maternal and Women's Healthcare

Midwifery leaders and managers are expected to work within contemporary governance frameworks and to keep up with ever-changing government healthcare national drivers. The focus of this module is to provide practitioners working within the maternity setting with evidence-based knowledge that will lead to the development of leadership skills by exploration, self-development and review. This module can be taken as a standalone option for professional development or as part of the MSc in Maternal and Women’s Reproductive Health.

Module Code MW7020
Level 7
Credits 20
Cost Contact Admissions

The aims of the module are to:

  • Critically appraise and apply contemporary theories of women’s healthcare leadership and governance.
  • Critically explore key governance processes and practices within organisations.

By the end of the module, you will be able to:


  • Critically appraise the effectiveness and limitations of seminal and contemporary leadership theories and their application in shaping innovative women’s healthcare delivery.
  • Critically evaluate the knowledge, skills and attitudes of leadership to become a strategic leader within the organisational context and wider women’s healthcare arena.
  • Critically evaluate key national strategies and interpret their meaning in relation to shaping women’s and maternity healthcare services, including governance frameworks, MBRRACE-UK and key national enquiries and the quality frameworks.
  • Critically analyse the impact on the individual country of origin of their national governance and quality agendas, and interpret local meaning to synthesise how these apply to individual healthcare delivery.
  • Critically analyse the intricate processes that are undertaken by health organisations and governing bodies in relation to service development overview; service provision (including third sector and social enterprise provision); and performance and monitoring within women’s healthcare delivery.


KSF – Core Dimensions

This module contributes to the following core dimensions: 
1 Communication
2 Personal and People Development
3 Health, Safety and Security 
4 Service Improvement
5 Quality
6 Equality and Diversity


For further information on the module, 
please contact:

For application information, 
please contact:

Kim Gibbon
Head of Midwifery, Child and 
Reproductive Health
Faculty of Health and Social Care
University of Chester
Riverside Campus
Castle Drive
Chester CH1 1SL

T: 01244 512265

Health and Social Care Admissions
University of Chester
Parkgate Road
Chester CH1 4BJ

T: 01244 511000