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QQI Level 6 Leadership Programme for Nursing Homes

Programme Outline


This Leadership Programme for Nursing Homes leads to a Level 6 Component Award on the National Framework of Qualifications www.nfq.ie.

The aim of this QQI Level 6 Accredited Leadership Programme for Nursing Homes is to facilitate your learning in a supportive environment and is tailored to address the particular challenges of leading people and organisations in the nursing home sector. This programme offers practical approaches to applying management principles that will facilitate you to manage and support your teams. Our expert Tutor/Learning Specialist, Barry Kavanagh, has a deep knowledge of the nursing home sector and the specific challenges that you face in your working day and beyond.

This QQI Level 6 programme runs over five non-consecutive days and will help you understand and deliver best practice management in your nursing home or care home facility.

This programme is for all nursing home staff who are in a leadership or management role including nursing home owners, clinical nurse managers, directors of nursing, team leaders in non-clinical roles and care staff who are responsible for managing others.

Our priority is to provide you with the key leadership skills that help you to build a high-quality team that delivers excellent care for residents and their families in a culture of review and improvement aimed to drive forward best practice.

In response to the current pandemic, Harvest has redesigned and transferred its QQI Level 6 Leadership programme to live virtual classes. The programme will be delivered over 5 non-consecutive days as a virtual classroom. These contact days will be supplemented by self-managed learning and by an additional four 30-minute webinars. Learners are required to attend all virtual classrooms.

All sessions are easily accessible regardless of your level of confidence using IT. You will need access to the internet using a PC, laptop or tablet.

Each day will consist of morning and afternoon live virtual classrooms, designed to be highly interactive and engaging. Delegates will have the opportunity to learn in a dynamic environment. Group work, discussions, exercises, and activities will continue to be key elements of training.

Currently, Harvest is working in partnership with LHP Skillnet in the delivery of this programme on a public course basis. Please see www.lhpskillnet.ie for more information.

We also offer the course as a bespoke, in-house programme.


Programme Content

Module 1 -  Introduction to Management and Leadership

  • The role of the nursing home manager / person participating in management
  • Identifying your management style
  • Adapting your style appropriately
  • 360° Leadership

Module 2 -  Client Focused Communication Skills

  • Overcoming communication barriers
  • Developing core communication skills
  • Communication effectively in challenging situation
  • Developing your communication style

Module 3 - Building ‘Client Friendly’ Teams and Conflict Management

  • Managing team development stages
  • Developing “performing teams”
  • Your conflict style & managing conflict effectively 

Module 4 (part 1) - Strategic Management

  • Developing & managing a positive performance culture
  • Carrying out empowering performance reviews
  • Aligning your people with the organisation
  • Employment Equality in the workplace
  • Unfair Dismissals Act – policies and procedures in practice

Module 4 (part 2) - Coaching for Improvement

  • Coaching and mentoring toolkit
  • Implementing coaching / change in the nursing home

Programme Outcomes

On completion of the programme, participants will have the knowledge to:

  • Adapt your leadership style and practices to provide a service that complies with the National Quality Standards for residential care settings for older people
  • Provide proper Governance of a well-organised care setting
  • Develop management skills and practices that create high quality teams and then inspire them to deliver excellent person-centred care for residents
  • Increase your influencing skills by developing clear and effective communications with patients, relatives and staff
  • Productively and constructively identify and resolve issues affecting the needs of residents
  • Coach and motivate team members to deliver high quality and professional care to meet the changing needs of residents
  • Develop effective staff management systems and procedures for recruitment, induction, training and performance management
  • Empower staff and increase their sense of responsibility and accountability by delegating when appropriate
  • Describe the key elements of employment law legislation and how it relates to the nursing home sector

Entry Requirements

This programme is aimed at those employed within the nursing home sector and active in or pursuing a clinical or non-clinical management or leadership position.

The programme is delivered through the English language and therefore requires participants to have a certain level of competency to participate in the programme. It is assumed that those employed in the nursing home sector in management or leadership roles have a sufficient level to competently participate in the programme.

Minimum QQI level 5 Major Award or equivalent accreditation.

These entry requirements are reviewed for each participant following registration by Harvest. Only suitable participants will be enrolled.



Progression is the means by which learners may progress from one programme to another, usually from a lower to a higher level. Tutors/Learning Specialists will observe learners and engage in formal or informal discussion with those who are interested in potential progression opportunities. Upon the successful completion of an award Harvest will actively encourage and support learners to use their programme awards to progress and achieve further qualifications.

Progression information will be included in the:

The learner induction programme


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