Working at Scale 2023

Strategic Skills Programme for PCN Managers

Strategic Skills Programme for Practice & Business Managers

“This programme has stimulated and activated a lot of advice and learning, helping me to reframe my skills and abilities in the context of my current role.”

The South East Leadership Academy are delighted to announce two cohorts of the Working at Scale programme: One tailored specifically to PCN Managers and one tailored specifically to Business and Practice Managers. Each programme provides support and development with a focus on personal skills of leadership and collaboration to ‘work at scale’. They will consider the nature of the role and reflect on the rapid changes that the issues around population health, COVID and other pressures have brought to the way that practices and PCN needs to work and move forward. Each cohort is designed to equip Managers with the tools, skills, strategies and networks to lead, manage and influence change.  It will consider how PCNs and the NHS Long Term Plan (LTP) will shape the way healthcare is delivered locally, regionally and nationally, and have a voice in the emerging Integrated Care Systems. 

The purpose of each of the programmes is for PCN Managers and for Practice/Business Managers to have an opportunity to step away from their busy operational environment and spend time networking, sharing best practice and working ‘on their local healthcare environment’ rather than ‘operationally in it’. It is not about how to be a PCN manager or how to be a Practice or Business Manager, rather how to develop the skills that will support you to be effective in these role and to enable you to connect with others within them to help build a regional support network.

Specifically, the programme aims are to:

  1. Provide you with a robust learning environment to develop ideas, strategies, skills and tools to drive your Practices/Primary Care Networks forward, as appropriate.
  2. Give you time and space away from the busy operation to help you shape, plan build and deliver change across the South East Region, and in your Practice/PCN.
  3. Work with others on common challenges within Primary Care, and develop ways of working in collaboration, co-production, and joined up thinking.
  4. Develop and enhance leadership skills and strategic thinking, and how to engage others in change.
  5. Enhance and develop your personal network of other Practice/Business Managers or PCN Managers as well as healthcare leaders and decision makers in Primary Care.

Who are the Programmes for?

The Strategic Skills Programme for PCN Managers is specifically for PCN Managers.

The Strategic Skills Programme for Practice and Business Managers is specifically for GP Practice and Business Managers.

For those in a dual role, please consider which Programme will benefit you in your role the most. A key element of the learning in these sessions comes from the ability to discuss the content with a network of others in a similar role to you.

We have had a lot of feedback from previous participants about the value they have gained from building powerful networks and sharing with colleagues in similar roles to their own, hence creating these specific groups. 

Attending one of the Programmes 

Each programme will be delivered virtually using the Zoom platform and the focus will be on creating a learning environment that is engaging, interactive, informative, supportive, challenging and practical.

Throughout the programme you will be introduced to the latest thinking in the use of healthcare technology and broaden your understanding of the different perspectives of stakeholder groups, enabling you to make more informed decisions around working in collaboration with others.

During the programme you will have the opportunity to work in small groups on a change theme where you can apply your knowledge and skills in an improvement project. You will also have access to Aspire’s Digital Learning Hub, an on-line training platform designed to enhance the remote learning experience, and includes access to a range of management tools, programme handouts, videos, questionnaires, further reading material, virtual workshops, and personal learning activities (a range of pre and post workshop activities) to embed learning in a supportive and practical way.   

The programme is led and facilitated by experienced tutors from Aspire Development who have been developing and delivering this programme over the last 3 years. Throughout the programme you will have the opportunity to listen to and share ideas and experiences with several guest speakers and subject matter experts in healthcare.

Session Module Dates and How to Book Your Place:

To view the session modules and dates, please click on the relevant group below. Please note that to book onto the programme, you must be available on all of the listed dates.