LOCSU’s Leadership Skills for Optical Professionals, is a 20-credit postgraduate module, and part of WOPEC’s MSc programme at Cardiff University.
The module has produced many successful candidates who are now leading the development of primary eyecare services in Primary Eyecare Companies and LOCs, as LOC Officers, as Clinical Governance and Performance Leads, as LOCSU Commissioning Leads and in Local Eye Health Networks.
This course is designed to enable the practising optical professional to become an effective leader at local and national level within the optical sector through the support and development of LOCs and LEHNs, building effective strategic networks, influencing policy makers and enhancing eye health services for patients.
It provides an understanding of current leadership models and theoretical approaches and will give delegates the background knowledge and practical skills that will equip them to provide leadership in the optical sector.
This course is open to BSc-qualified Optometrists and FBDO-qualified Dispensing Opticians.
Applications for 2019 Course
We are delighted to announce that LOCSU will be funding up to 10 places this year. We are particularly interested to hear from LOC officers or committee members with a keen interest in leadership and supporting their optical community.
Your LOC must indicate your suitability as a candidate and explain what role you can play in the LOC following successful participation of the module. (Due to time restrictions, if your Chair is not available to provide this, please ask one of our Commissioning Leads.)
Closing Date for Applications
The closing date has passed however we do have a couple of places available so if you are interested, please complete the application form and submit to us before Friday, 18th January for consideration.
Course Dates and Content
Key dates for assignments and exams are:
- 11 March 2019 – Webinar at 7pm on Introduction & Leadership modules
- 11 March onward – Assessment: weekly blogs (a minimum of 10)
- 8 April OR 17 April – Webinar, both dates are at 8pm
- 21 April – Assessment: Critical Review Blog submission
- 29 and 30 April – two practical contact days in London
- 7 June – Assessment: Leader Blog submission by 12 noon
- 17 June – Essay assignment by 12 noon
- 15 July – resit/submission
The Assessment Requirements
This module will be assessed in two ways:
- Coursework blogs which is 60% of your final mark, and
- an essay assignment which is 40% of your final mark.
Your leader blog will be 60% of your final mark.You will be required to write one blog per week (identified by you), a minimum of six blogs (one to be the critical review) between March and June. Feedback will be provided to each student on each blog post to support continuous improvement.
Blogs will be marked using the following assessment criteria:
- Reflection on content and practice:
- your blog needs to demonstrate that you have reflected on the leadership topics covered within the course and your application of the content to your own leadership role/s in the optical sector. We expect to see some progression of ideas and confidence in relating your thinking to your leadership role/s over the course of the module.
- You need to be posting at least one blog per week during the course
- Writing style:
- The blog needs to be written in an engaging style which communicates your message and leadership role/s.
Essay Assignment (1500 words +/- 10%)
You can choose any topic from the leadership course to explore further in your assignment. We are looking for evidence of practical application in your assignment, this could be via participation in your LOC or employer meetings/working groups, or leading a project for your LOC or employer.
- You attend a meeting to discuss a commissioning/business opportunity for your LOC/employer. Use your assignment to critically analyse the strategies discussed and your contribution.
- You volunteer to lead a group for your LOC/employer. Use your assignment to reflect on your leadership of the group, the team dynamics and any outcomes achieved.
- Lead a piece of work for your LOC/employer on one of the following: succession planning, developing talent through coaching and mentoring, engagement with stakeholders.
This is a written essay in which you will be expected to critically analyse the key concepts and literature you discuss. You also need to demonstrate practical application of the ideas you discuss within one of your leadership roles.