Saskatchewan Institute of Health Leadership

A New Generation of Healthcare Leaders

The Saskatchewan Institute of Health Leadership (SIHL):

  • includes professionals from all disciplines and all levels within the healthcare system.
  • focuses on leaders of tomorrow, "the young upstart" as well as leaders of today.
  • creates a leadership community that works together to promote good health and remedy illness.
  • building upon leadership and professional development within an interdisciplinary context.
  • ensuring a new generation of skilled healthcare leaders.

Partnerships

The Saskatchewan Institute of Health Leadership (SIHL) is an initiative of the Centre for Continuing Education, University of Regina in partnership with:

Registration

Registration is limited to 30 students per course and will include participants with diverse healthcare backgrounds.

You can register through our Online Registration System. You'll need an account to register - see Online Account Help for information on how to create your account.

Invoicing

It is possible to invoice your employer directly. Call Non-Credit Student and Instructor Services.

Content

Based on contemporary leadership theory within a health context the curriculum is designed to develop skills and competencies of leadership in 6 core competency areas:

  1. Life balance and personal development

    • Understanding your style
    • Lifelong learning
    • Personal development
    • Time and stress management
    • Staying motivated
  2. Visioning & Planning

    • Decision making framework
    • Scenario building
    • Creating a shared vision
    • Strategic thinking
    • Environmental scanning
  3. Systems thinking

    • Quality Improvement
    • Change Management
    • Risk Management
  4. Conflict and Collaboration

    • Conflict Resolution / Interest based negotiation
    • Team building
    • Facilitation
    • Communication (interpersonal, inter-organizational, presentations, media, written and verbal)
  5. Policy and Politics

    • Political process
    • Advocacy
    • Policy development / Informing practice and vice versa
    • Ethics
    • Negotiation
    • Partnership development
  6. Community and Culture

    • Workforce diversity
    • Defining and understanding community including the impact of Aboriginal heritage and culture
    • Demographics
    • Social structure and change
    • Population health and primary health care

These competencies will be developed and enhanced through a variety of instructional methodologies throughout the program.

Presenters at the Institute, each of whom is an acknowledged leader and educator, will lead participants through these competencies during the May Retreat.

The Master Facilitator will continue providing support and direction as requested by participants during the six month program.

Group Project

The SIHL group project is designed to allow you to work with a small group of health professionals to apply some of the leadership knowledge you have gained during SIHL.

Typically groups are comprised of five or six individuals with different healthcare backgrounds.

The project is based on a problem, issue or challenge in your professional lives.

Time Requirements

In addition to the SIHL retreats, you will need to be in contact with your group, either through email, social media or telephone.

There are three one-hour teleconferences between retreats as well, which are not mandatory but should be attended if possible.

How it Works

Normally group members work independently and certain members of the team are responsible for coordinating the final project deliverable. Projects are presented by the team at the final retreat, so groups normally also have to coordinate their presentation in advance of the retreat.

Format

The five-month program includes:

  • initial and final retreats 
  • lectures and workshops 
  • group projects focusing on six core competency areas 
  • teleconferences involving discussions with leaders and content experts via conference calls
  • access to coach/facilitators based in the healthcare system

The program begins with a five-day Retreat at the University of Regina, Centre for Continuing Education, College Avenue Campus. During the Retreat, participants will:

  • engage in participatory presentations delivered by expert healthcare leaders
  • develop a project proposal to further leadership skills
  • meet participants, course presenters and coach/facilitators from diverse areas of the healthcare sector

A two-day follow up Retreat will take place with:

  • interactive panel discussions
  • group project presentations
  • banquet with keynote address

Program Certificate

Participants who successfully complete the program will receive a certificate that attests to mastery of the core competencies. This certificate will have additional value for participants whose professional associations require ongoing professional development and continuing education.

Our certificate programs qualify for Canada-Saskatchewan Job Grant Funding.

Mentoring and Resources

Each participant will have the opportunity to identify a mentor to assist him or her in building skills in areas of focus. A list of mentors and resource persons will be made available to participants.

Learning Teams

Participants will work in "learning teams." These teams provide support and assistance to each other as they develop their projects. Resource persons and the Master Facilitator will provide additional support to these teams.