NHS NWLA development fund supports the development of 100 System Leaders across the Fylde Coast.

In June 2019, the NHS NWLA was invited to attend the final celebration and evaluation event of the 100 System Leaders pilot programme, funded by the NHS NWLA following a successful application to the Leadership Development Fund.

Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre ICP, also known as Healthier Fylde Coast aims to integrate health and social care, and deliver better outcomes for their residents. Recognising that collaborative system working is the way forward, Healthier Fylde Coast 100 System Leaders Programme was designed as an opportunity for partners to come together and build stronger and deeper relationships.

100 clinical and non-clinical leaders from across the system, at various levels and specialisms, were identified as having a significant role in the planning and implementation of transformational change. Primary, Community, Emergency and Planned Care clinicians alongside Workforce, OD, Communications, Estates and Finance professionals, to name a few, were selected to build a strong community of capable leaders able to lead within and on behalf of organisations, systems and places.

Leaders were invited to a development centre focused on the behaviours essential to work across a system. Using the NHS NWLA System Leadership Behaviours tool, leader’s capabilities were assessed to identify a personal and professional development plan, increasing awareness and to ultimately work more effectively in a system role, now and in the future.

A range of development sessions, learning modules, coaching and mentoring access, applied learning sets were available, whilst also building their strengths as a leader through peer support, self-awareness and reflective learning. To find out more about the programme, you can read a NHS Confed guest blog with Sharon Adams, Programme Lead, on ‘what it is and how it works’.

Celebrating impact

At the final event, delegates engaged in evaluation and debrief exercises to capture the learning, how this will be embedded, the blockers, enablers, and insights to aid the development of a second cohort.

100 system leader celebration event

We also heard personal accounts from the ‘leadership in action’ sessions which saw leaders connecting with third sector organisations. Leaders shadowed various services that impact people’s lifestyle, health and wellbeing. We had delegates working at the local soup kitchen, community garden, food banks and providing support to socially isolated older people living with dementia. We heard about Junior Doctors shadowing Blackpool Council’s Housing Enforcement Team and Paramedics at Blackpool Fulfilling Lives drop-in sessions supporting clients with mental ill health, homelessness and substance misuse.

Leaders shared the value of engaging with the community and being out the office to learn about services that have a natural alignment to their area of work. They were also able to build relationships that they’ll take forward when leading across a system.

The programme achieved the development of a common language and collaborative working mind set, delegates fed back that “this is new way of working, not a programme”. Leaders committed to continued communication and networking, to have their courage to ‘hold their nerve and do things differently’ and share learning.

Kevin McGee, Interim CEO at Blackpool, closed by recognising the energy, enthusiasm and rich conversation in the room as only the start. Kevin shared:  “If we’re really going to understand each other and work together as a system, we need to walk in each other’s shoes.

“Leadership matters, day in day out, to the community we serve and their quality of life. Never be concerned in investing time in your leadership or wellbeing, you need to look after yourself and each other to be in a much better place to look after our system and the community we serve”

See more from the event on twitter using #HealthierFyldeCoast. We look forward to hearing more and supporting Healthier Fylde Coast as they plan for the second cohort.

Explore our website to find out more about our Leadership Development Fund, the System Leadership Behaviours (now available as cards) and our latest offers.

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