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Middle Manager Development Programme

Postgraduate Certificate in Strategic and Operational Leadership in Social Care

IPC has been commissioned by Social Care Wales to deliver this national leadership development programme aimed at middle managers in social care settings across Wales i.e. Service Managers, Principal Officers, or Heads of Service. Whatever your job title you must have a brief beyond that of a manager of a single team, including a mixed portfolio of responsibilities, and a role in the strategic development of your organisation, often in relation to other agencies.

Contact or 01865 951902 for more information.

How this programme works

This programme includes facilitated small group sessions, individual support and coaching, action learning sets and assessed assignments as well as self-study. It is studied over an 18 month period and divided into three modules:

Developing as a Leader

  • The role and characteristics of leadership in social care
  • How to influence others and collaborate effectively across boundaries
  • Understanding the impact of your local and national political context on your role

Shaping social care

  • Shaping the market to deliver transformed services for our citizens
  • What matters in effective joint working between health and social care as a way of delivering better outcomes
  • Engaging positively with our local communities

Delivering better outcomes

  • Leading and supporting development and change
  • Implementing cultural change in a transforming environment
  • Enhancing and managing performance within teams, across organisational boundaries, and with a range of stakeholders


On successful completion of the programme, you will gain a postgraduate certificate in Strategic and Operational Leadership in Social Care from Oxford Brookes University which equates to 60 CATS credits at postgraduate level 7. Download the student handbook in English or the student handbook in Welsh below for more details.

Sasha Carter, Programme Administrator
Sasha Carter, Programme Administrator

To find out more about this programme, or to book your place contact the Programme Administration office