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Co-Lead Toolkit

The UCD Co-Lead Toolkit is a resource to help multidisciplinary teams strengthen aspects of patient safety, service quality, and staff and patient well- being, by enhancing collective leadership in their working practice. It provides information and tools to build collective leadership, and is delivered as a series of hour-long interactive workshop sessions facilitated by MDT members. It was co-designed by health services staff, patient representatives, researchers, and academics.

Two Co-Lead Toolkit packages are available.

Core Toolkit Package contains six core modules to introduce key concepts and help teams discuss and implement collective leadership in their working practice.

Core Toolkit Package (PDF, 2.7 MB,76 pages)

Targeted Toolkit Package contains thirteen targeted modules which teams can select freely according to their needs.

Targeted Toolkit Package (PDF, 6.8 MB,154 pages)

Teams are recommended to undertake the Core package first, which contains six core modules to familiarise them with key collective leadership concepts and give tools that help them strengthen areas of team performance and safety cultures. Next, teams may choose to undertake one or more of the thirteen modules contained in the targeted package which addresses the areas of patient safety, team processes, well-being, and sustaining improvements. 

How to use the toolkit

Teams should first undertake all of the core modules in order, then collectively decide upon which of the targeted modules are most appropriate for their needs.

Toolkit modules should be delivered in a workshop format, by one or two facilitators. All members of the team should take a turn facilitating if possible. Each module contains a brief "about this module" introductory section, then provides step-by-step guidance for facilitators on content, format, and timing. Session tools such as outcome templates and handouts are also included and may need to be printed before module delivery.

Occasionally, modules may use online videos or other additional resources not created by the Co-Lead team. These are clearly indicated and the relevant web addresses are included, therefore an internet connection may be required before or during those sessions.

Some modules also make use of PowerPoint presentations, listed below:

  • Collective Leadership for Safety Skills
  • Challenging unsafe behaviours
  • High reliability in teams
  • Emotional support in teams
  • Enhancing person-centred care
  • Sustaining improvements

These are available to view and download from the UCD co-lead toolkit (

About Co-Lead

Collective Leadership and Safety Cultures (Co-Lead) is a 5-year programme in UCD that is researching the impact of collective leadership on team performance and safety in healthcare. Its overall aim is to support quality and safety cultures through the development of a new model of leadership that is associated with effective team performance.

More information on Co-Lead, Collective Leadership, and the Co-Lead Toolkit, can be found at UCD's website