Leadership Academy

Supporting senior leaders and board level post holders throughout the development and transition towards statutory Integrated Care Systems

Supporting senior leaders and board level post holders throughout the development and transition towards statutory Integrated Care Systems

People are our key asset and the continuous learning, development and nurturing of both existing and future talent is key to our success.

It is important that people fit the jobs that we will need to fill in the future and different people will be talented in different ways. It is essential that all our people are able to realise and apply their talent for the benefit of not only themselves, but also our collective organisations across Health and Social Care and who are committed to high quality, compassionate and inclusive care to patients and citizens.

Across our CCGs and ICS footprint our 1600 + board level leaders are colleagues who have led our organisations for many years and have achieved so much for patients and colleagues. It is crucial that where possible we retain our talented leaders and their experience and knowledge to ensure the future success of ICSs.

Irrespective of where an individual’s career focus rests, we are passionate and committed to fostering long term career stability despite a change in NHS landscape,  and providing support when it matters in a way that makes a difference for the person.                                        

For more information about current advertised opportunities for Chief Executives of the ICS’s Integrated Care Boards, click here.

Executive Suite

The Executive Suite – Our NHS People has a range of offers to support the thinking and wellbeing of senior and executive leaders, including those affected by this change. In addition to wellbeing offers such as 1:1 psychological support, there are blogs, development programmes and thought leading webinars to support you in refreshing and sustaining your leadership during this transition.

They are designed to support you to remain a resilient leader and continue to thrive in your current role whilst looking ahead to the next. 

Our development support includes

  1. Access to career development resources
  2. Drop in Common Rooms for CCG AOs and ICS Leads and CCG and ICS Chairs  
  3. Chief Executive Development Network
  4. Specific CCG/ICS reflective spaces for all ICS Leads and Chairs; Accountable Officers, Chairs and Executives/Governing Board Members from CCGs
  5. Virtual Actual Learning Sets
  6. Workshops, masterclasses, and seminars

Career development portal

Aimed specifically at senior leaders in health and care, our online career development resource portal brings together written tutorials, videos, and tools to help support your career management, allowing you to reflect on your career, opportunities, and next steps.

This would support any talent and career conversations you may be having as part of this transition.

Drop-in Common Rooms

These common rooms will provide you with a short (90 minute) online network meetings for a maximum of 15 participants. Each confidential meeting provides an opportunity to connect with colleagues, to make sense of and compare experience, to refresh and focus on whatever feels important in a context of mutual support.  

If you are a ICS Lead or Chair or a CCG Governing Body member and would be interested in attending a future Common Room please e-mail your expression of interest to [email protected]

Chief Executive Development Network (CEDN)

The Chief executive development network – Our NHS People is a network of both established and new Chief Executives/Accountable Officers. Membership naturally changes over time, meaning that every conversation is as different as its participants.

  • CEDN content is member-led, meaning that our offers can be agile, responding to and grounded in Chief Executives/Accountable Officers’ changing realities
  • The Network offers both development and peer connection. Members tell us that they particularly value the opportunity to meet and interact with peers nationally rather than only regionally.
  • CEDN is open to both established and new Chief Executives/Accountable Officers. Experienced Chief Executives/Accountable Officers often mention how they value the opportunity to continue their development, as so much is new even for them as health and care move towards integration.
  • The Network actively welcomes and continues to provide dedicated transitions support for newly appointed, first time Chief Executives/Accountable Officers.

Our current development support offer includes:

  • Themed sessions with expert speakers leading to facilitated communities of practice
  • Facilitated, mutually informative and developmental conversations with senior colleagues at national level to build their network whilst informing national thinking.
  • Offers for specific members of the Chief Executive/Accountable Officer population such as ICS Chief Executives and separately CCG Accountable Officers
  • Topic specific offers such as ‘Getting Ready for the White Paper’, ‘Beyond the Fit and Proper Person Test’, ‘New Models of Care’ and Exploring the Chair and Chief Executive Relationship’
  • Developmental networking opportunities
  • Access to online Chief Executive/Accountable Officer resources
  • Drop-in Chief Executive/Accountable Officer common rooms
  • Transitions coaching for ‘new to role’ Chief Executives for up to two years

Non-urgent advice: CEDN – Online Interactive Workshop: Developing Your Executive Team

These are the first in a series of sessions that will offer you different lenses through which to understand your Executive Team. They all work as standalone sessions and you do not need to have attended session 1 before you attend session 2.

Developing your Executive Team session 1 – 15th December 9am – 12

*This is a repeat of a session that ran last year, for those that were not able to attend or for those that would like a refresher. 

The purpose of the session is to:

·       Apply a model of team effectiveness to your own Executive Team

·       Deepen your thinking and gain insight about your own Executive Team

·       Give you some things to do or experiment with afterwards

·       Share experiences with colleagues

We will introduce you to Lencioni’s 5 Dysfunctions of a team and give you the opportunity to share thinking with others and to deepen your thinking about your own Executive Team

Developing your Executive Team session 2 15th December 1pm – 4pm

This session offers you a more psychologically based lens through which to understand your Executive Team, Jack Gibb’s theory of group development. Gibb offers insights into fundamental human reactions and processes that go on when we are in groups and we will use that to help you gain insight into your own Executive Team and develop you approach.

The session will be highly participative and will give you an opportunity to share experience with others.

Audience: This session will be open to all Chief Executives, Accountable Officers, Chairs and NEDs across healthcare organisations.

To book yourself on please click HERE

Reflective spaces for all ICS Leads and Chairs; Accountable Officers, Chairs and Executives/Governing Body Members from CCGs

You will have a particular role and set of responsibilities to shape the future health and care landscape.  This reflective space will offer you a range of development opportunities, both as a whole group and also for you personally look and make sense of/operationalise your newly designated systems.   

Future dates for spaces will be set based on demand and focused on support required by you. If you are interested in attending a reflective space please e-mail your expression of interest to [email protected]  

Virtual Action Learning Sets

Virtual Action Learning Sets (VALS) provide a safe, secure, and confidential space, through which individuals and collectives can explore the complexities of current leadership challenges and determine new and innovative ways forward.  Action learning is a form of action research. Virtual Action Learning Sets operate within a framework of ‘high challenge’ and ‘high support’, setting the context and conditions for sustained improvements in the experiences of both staff and the populations that we serve.  The VALS will enable you to focus on the real-world challenges of the upcoming changes and transitions with peers supported by an expert facilitator. Unlike brief virtual common rooms, they offer time out from the fast-moving challenges of leadership to focus on complex issues in depth, challenging ourselves to think differently and find better solutions. 

You would come together in half day sessions 4 times over an 8-month period, at times defined and agreed within your Action Learning Set. 

Events and seminars

Where possible recordings of the events that have taken place will be available on the Executive Suite

Action for Change Webinars

Designed to catalyse collective action on current health and care priorities, the offer comprises an expert seminar series supported by half-day action learning sets, which will be role specific and will meet three times over six months to translate ideas into practice.

  • For “The Politics of Leading Integration” previous seminars have taken place with Jon Rouse, City Director, City of Stoke on Trent; Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester; and Raj Jain, Chief Executive of Northern Care Alliance NHS Group with Local Authority colleagues
  • Health Inequalities comprising seminars and three theme related facilitated action learning sets. In light of the clear impact of inequalities on the incidence and outcomes of Covid 19, on 3 March 2021, Sir Michael Marmot, Professor of Epidemiology at University College London, Director of the UCL Institute of Health Equity ;a world-leading thinker on inequalities; talked about the radical leadership practice required to influence for health equalities.

    On the 22 November 2021 Executive leaders, CEOs, Chairs, NEDs and Executive Directors, across health and care were given the opportunity to ground their thinking into practical application around the subjects of homelessness, early years – getting off to a good start with health and wellbeing, housing – where this sits in the population health agenda, the ‘well’ and how they can stay well, access to health and care services for all and creating a stakeholder collation across your ICS. In the session there was a chance to hear from others what they are already doing in these areas – and other areas you are interested in and do some forward thinking about our role as Chief Executives and how this work can be accelerated into 2022/23.

To register to join a seminar please click on this link Join an AfC themed webinar – Our NHS People – please note from time to time, some seminars will only be open to Chief Executives/Accountable Officers and Chairs but many are open wider so please do check the Executive Suite website.

The Kings Fund Masterclasses

Unlocking partnership potential: creating new possibilities through ICSs

As the legislation for Integrated Care Systems goes through the associated leadership challenges – and opportunities – come into sharper focus. Leaders across the health and care system are faced with the unrelenting demands of their own organisations coupled with the need to create and refine new models of working in partnership with those beyond, at a neighbourhood, place or wider system level.

This masterclass series creates space and sheds light on the key considerations for those in executive/senior roles within the NHS, Local Authority and voluntary organisations, wanting to get clearer on the mindset, skillset and behavioural shifts required to:

  • Notice and balance the tensions of leading an organisation and bringing impactful leadership to a wider system
  • Build robust and effective partnerships based on a genuinely shared vision
  • Acknowledge and use power collectively with others to create the conditions for new possibilities to surface, and old patterns to be broken

Co-hosted by consultants from The King’s Fund, each two-hour masterclasses will include a combination of models and concepts as stimulus for peer-based reflection and discussion alongside practical insight and activities.

Spaces are limited (Max 40 per session)

Non-urgent advice: Next masterclasses

Masterclass 1: Systems leadership in practice (Fully Booked)

Wednesday 10 November 2021 – 10.00 – 12.00

We will revisit key thinking about systems and more importantly identify and reflect on the core capabilities. We’ll make time to consider individual priority areas to pay attention to as leaders.

Masterclass 2: Generating collaborative possibility (Fully Booked)

Tuesday 15 February 2022 – 10.00 – 12.00

Here we will focus on the behaviours and practices that support meetings and other interactions to be conducive to generating new thinking and action collectively. We’ll identify how we can build shared awareness of how we are engaging in discussion and benefiting from different perspectives. We’ll also consider steps for positively disrupting stuck patterns of communication.

Masterclass 3: Balancing power and influencing in partnership (Fully Booked)

Monday 21 March 2022 – 13.30 – 15.30

This final session will consider the complex and nuanced territory of power and genuine partnership as we explore how leaders can create the conditions for sharing power within and beyond meetings in Partnership Boards, for example.

Signposted bite sized learning

Relevant and curated bite sized learning and resources related to current appropriate subjects and themes.