Leading Change in Healthcare

Assignment 1: Identifying an innovative change

How does planning for change take place? Considering the models discussed in Week 1 page 4 of PERCI, practice thinking through planning for significant organisational change. Follow these steps, and post your response to the questions below:

  1. Identify an innovative change your workplace is taking on, or could take on, that would require organisational planning.
  2. Select one of the five models (ADKAR, Virginia Satir’s Change Process, Kotter’s 8 Steps, Bridge’s Transition, or the Switch Framework) and briefly respond to the following questions, using the model as your framework for addressing the innovative change:
    • What are the major drivers of organisational change that need to be addressed? Consider drivers that support and negate opportunities for innovative change in your organisation (Some examples of drivers can be found in PERCI Week 2, page 3)
    • What are the critical steps in planning for this organisational change?
    • How should you communicate the change throughout the organisation?
    • How do you bring key stakeholders on board?

Assignment 2: A Critical review of innovative change in the workplace

Introduction to the innovative change

Provide the setting, background, and context/impetus which led to the idea/need for the innovative change (e.g. Gap in the literature; Translational research project; Patient safety; Efficiency and cost; Technological advance etc.).

Critical review of innovative change

  • Justify the argument put forward for the innovative change and perceived consequences if the innovative change was not implemented (You can consider this from different perspectives e.g. individual, organizational, population health etc.). Use empirical literature (no greater than 10 years old), and any relevant policy directives or other sources to support arguments.
  • Examine the different ‘Drivers’ which supported or negated opportunities for the innovative change to be successful (e.g. different levels, different factors, internal, external, etc.). Examine the different drivers in a meaningful way, considering their priorities and how they influenced the success or otherwise of the innovative change. Use empirical literature (no greater than 10 years old) to support relevant arguments.
  • Critically evaluate the relevant leadership model/theory which underpinned the innovative change and discuss its role within the innovative change process (Analyse the perceived strengths and weaknesses of this leadership model/theory on the outcome of the innovative change).

Assignment 3: Action plan for implementing innovative change

Building upon Assignment 1, develop a 3000-word action plan for implementing the innovative change. When building upon information used previously in Assignment 1, there is NO need to paraphrase, as within the same Unit of study. A guide for writing Assignment 3 This assignment is a report that can be used to provide an action plan for change. The report therefore should include an analysis of the evidence and from this evidence, develop recommendations to support the reasons for change and a way to progress it. It should include a plan of action to implement the change; and this will include an evidenced-based description of the leadership capabilities and style that you would recommend to successfully manage the project.

This assignment should include the following:

Executive summary which provides a succinct and informative overview of the whole report (N.B. an executive summary is NOT an introduction to your report)

Introduction which continues working on the innovative change you identified and discussed in Assignment 1. If you want to revise/change the topic, feel free to do so. However, it is recommended to keep your topic from Assignment 1 to save time, and be more consistent in your innovative change idea/plan. Discuss the context and setting for the innovative change which outlines why the report is needed e.g. justification of the necessity for change/gaps supported by the literature.

Planning and implementing the innovative change which outlines the goal and objectives of the plan, relevant conceptual/theoretical implementation framework/change model to be used, its stages/steps, communication strategies, how stakeholders will be engaged, and which leadership model will be utilised (N.B. You may use aspects of more than one model, but you should justify this and provide a rationale). Please use relevant empirical literature (no greater than 10 years old, with the exception of seminal literature), policy directives, and other relevant sources in your critical analysis and synthesis to support arguments.

Evaluation plan which identifies measurable programs/tools/instruments to be used in assessing if the plan has met its objectives. Consider the key activities that need to be evaluated/assessed, how these will be measured, and by whom. Also consider any relevant conceptual/theoretical framework aligned to the evaluation. Relevant empirical literature (no greater than 10 years old, with the exception of seminal literature), policy directives, and other relevant sources should be used in your critical analysis and synthesis to support arguments.

Conclusions which summarise the main aspect of the report and highlight the key take home messages/ significance of the innovative change. Consider relevant legal, ethical, or professional implications of the innovative change (N.B. this type of framing can strengthen arguments and business cases, so it is helpful to start thinking and aligning in this manner).

Recommendations which can impact and/or facilitate the innovative change and its implementation. This can include recommendations for different partners (e.g., practitioners, consumers, policy makers, etc.), at different levels (e.g. individual/staff, organisational and statement/national levels). Consider recommendations for the planning and implementation of the innovative change and also recommendations for the evaluation of the innovative change which have emerged from your analysis above.