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Leading healthcare innovation

B833 is a six-month module designed for people working in a healthcare environment including doctors, nurses and allied health professionals. B833 is the second of two modules that consolidate and assess the learning derived from online continuing professional development (CPD) modules in clinical leadership offered by the OU in partnership with BMJ Learning. To complete B833 you must study five CPD modules (each CPD module is individually priced) and pass two assignments and an end-of-module assessment. You will demonstrate increased competence in clinical leadership by producing a detailed plan for a service innovation project within your work context.

What you will study

Over a six-month period, you are required to produce a detailed plan for a service innovation project within your own work context. You will describe the ways in which the proposal is innovative and consult with the relevant colleagues and stakeholders to produce a valid case for both the costs and benefits.

In order to pass B833 you must complete the following online continuing professional development (CPD) modules on different aspects of clinical leadership and improvement. You will need to register separately for each module. Each CPD module is individually priced, so in the UK the total cost of five CPD modules and B833 is currently £3430.

The study guide for B833 indicates a preferred sequence for studying these various CPD modules and each CPD module will require you to submit a work-based activity. To successfully pass B833 you must pass all of the CPD-related work-based activities as well as the two B833 assessment components (two tutor-marked assignments (TMAs) and one end-of-module assessment (EMA)).

You can select your method of study according to the time you have available. If you have limited time you can complete some or all of the above mentioned CPD modules prior to registering for B833.  Alternatively, you can register for B833 and the CPD modules at the same time and follow the recommended study pattern. The latter option will require you to commit for approximately 12 hours of study per week.

If you select the first option and have studied one or more of the CPD modules before registering for B833 you only need to revisit the concluding work-based activity for any such module, and update the work you have done there so that it is relevant to your B833 study.

With a group of fellow students you will have access to an online forum that will be moderated by your tutor.

You will learn

Your studies will enable you to understand a range of recent innovations in health service provision, including international examples of how to achieve greater integration between primary and acute care and make changes in overall efficiency and effectiveness. On this basis, you will develop a proposal for a significant innovation relevant to the service area you are involved in, including a well evidenced business case and an implementation plan, involving other team members and relevant stakeholders. This will involve analysing forces for and against your proposed innovation and developing creative options for moving forward. You will identify the forms of leadership needed in your own role, and your current strengths and priorities for development as a clinical leader.


To register for this module you will need to have an honours degree or equivalent.

B833 has been developed in conjunction with BMJ Learning. If you register for B833, we would like to contact you about further learning opportunities with BMJ. If you do not want us to contact you, please mark the relevant opt-out box on your registration agreement.

If you have any doubt about the suitability of the module, please contact our Student Registration & Enquiry Service.


B833 is a compulsory module in our:

Some postgraduate qualifications allow study to be chosen from other subject areas. We advise you to refer to the relevant qualification descriptions for information on the circumstances in which this module can count towards these qualifications because from time to time the structure and requirements may change.


As a student of The Open University, you should be aware of the content of the Module Regulations and the Student Regulations which are available on our Essential documents website.

If you have a disability

Written transcripts of any audio components and Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) versions of printed material are available. Some Adobe PDF components may not be available or fully accessible using a screen reader and scientific or foreign language materials may be particularly difficult to read in this way. Alternative formats of the study materials may be available in the future.

Part of B833 is delivered through a  dedicated website and includes the use of online resources and interactive forums. If you use specialist hardware or software to assist you in operating a computer or the internet and have any concerns about accessing this type of materials you are advised to talk to the Student Registration & Enquiry Service about support which can be given to meet your needs.

Study materials

What's included

One study unit, online forums, dedicated website and online resources.

Computing requirements

You will need a computer with internet access to study this module as it includes online activities, which you can access using a web browser.

  • If you have purchased a new desktop or laptop computer since 2008 you should have no problems completing the online activities.
  • If you’ve got a netbook, tablet or other mobile device check our Technical requirements section.
  • If you use an Apple Mac you will need OS X 10.7 or later.

You can also visit the Technical requirements section for further computing information (including details of the support we provide).

Teaching and assessment

Support from your tutor

You will be allocated a tutor who will mark your assignments and whom you can ask for advice and guidance. You will contact your tutor by telephone, email and online forums. All the tutoring takes place online. Contact our Student Registration & Enquiry Service if you want to know more about study with The Open University before you register.


The assessment details can be found in the facts box above.

You will be expected to submit your tutor-marked assignments (TMAs) online through the eTMA system unless there are some difficulties which prevent you from doing so. In these circumstances, you must negotiate with your tutor to get their agreement to submit your assignment on paper.

Future availability

The details given here are for the module that starts in November 2013 when it will be available for the last time. 

Distance learning

The Open University is the world's leading provider of flexible, high quality distance learning. Unlike other universities we are not campus based. You will study in a flexible way that works for you whether you're at home, at work or on the move. As an OU student you'll be supported throughout your studies - your tutor or study adviser will guide and advise you, offer detailed feedback on your assignments, and help with any study issues. Tuition might be in face-to-face groups, via online tutorials, or by phone.

For more information about distance learning at the OU read Study explained.

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