Leadership Dispatch – 2nd June 2021

Posted by: Renata Pidduck - Posted on:

Welcome to our June Leadership Dispatch edition.  I wanted to start by recognising Pride month as we continue our work as a leadership community in the South East to help all our staff and patients feel that they can fully be their authentic selves.  This year we have worked with Peter Molyneux, Chair of Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and the Chair of the Health and Care LGBTQ+ Leaders Network to commission research through the newly founded NHS Leadership Observatory into the experience of our Trans leaders and how leaders and managers can support their staff who transition. We need to ensure that we explore our field of practice as leaders to allow for complex issues to be discussed, supporting LGBTQ+ leaders and allies to be more visible so that we realise our People Plan ambition in creating compassionate and inclusive cultures.

I was struck by reading the NHS England LGBT+ Staff Network themes for the 5 weeks of Pride month and how much these resonated with me, a straight cis person;

  • Recognise – its been a difficult year battling COVID, we must recognise that everyone has been affected differently and reflect on what we can do to help;
  • Support – remind ourselves of the support, guidance and resources available from the organisation for leaders, line managers and colleagues to support each other;
  • Intersectionality – we are one, continuing to build unity with our other staff networks across the organisation;
  • Celebrate – providing happiness, hope and recognising achievements across the organisation;
  • Sustain – for our future, ensuring we continue to build a safe inclusive culture within the organisation to help our fellow NHS colleagues and patients down on the front line.

These inclusive and compassionate principles feel like something that every leader would want to sign up to in supporting their teams and colleagues through recovery and this compressed year of activity ahead. 

Recovery is very much the focus of our offer this month with a series of Leadership Espressos and masterclasses that explore resilience, recovery, retention and explore how we lead hybrid teams.  We have also been continuing our work on allyship and inclusion and are currently co-designing with our regional Head of Equality Diversity and Inclusion, Cavita Chapman and our regional Head of Talent, Fiona Rodden, a series of interventions to build a more inclusive talent pipeline and a more representative coaching faculty which we will be promoting very soon.

Ali Jennings, Head of Leadership and Lifelong Learning – South East
NHS South East Leadership Academy

Regional Offers

Leadership Espressos: Supporting Our Leaders

The below sessions have been designed as standalone but can also be attended as a series.

Leadership Espresso: Supporting Your People When Noticing Burnout, 9th June, 9:30 – 11:00

This 90-minute espresso is for staff who are concerned that their teams are working under extreme pressure and how to better understand their people in such circumstances and what they can do to support them effectively.

Leadership Espresso: Supporting Your People When Noticing Burnout, 14th June, 9:30 – 11:00

This 90-minute espresso is for staff who are concerned that their teams are working under extreme pressure and who want to know how to better understand their people in such circumstances and what they can do to support them effectively.

Leadership Espresso – Sustaining a Good Team Culture14th June, 13:00 – 14:30

This session will focus on exploring how managers can continue to cultivate a good team culture. It has been developed to provide practical tips and tools for helping teams to process and explore their experiences over recent months in order to move forward positively together, including how to design and run a processing or time-out session with your team.

Leadership Espresso: Conversations to Build Resilience, 16th June, 9:30 – 11:00

This 90-minute leadership espresso is for anyone who would like to explore how to manage sensitive conversations to support their teams and colleagues when working under pressure.

Understanding Trauma in Healthcare: What leaders need to know about how to support their staff and themselves, 30th June, 2:00pm – 3:30pm

This session is for leaders in the NHS who would like to understand what trauma looks like and how it can impact your staff and yourself. We will also focus on recognising when staff may be traumatised and helping staff to access the help and support they need.

Primary Care Masterclasses

Leading Hybrid Teams in Primary Care Leadership Espresso, 13th July 9:30 am – 11:00 am

Leading in primary care is a daily juggling act, balancing the needs of your patient population with PCN-wide developments, plus a hybrid mix of some staff in the practice and other staff working from home. This virtual workshop provides some protected ‘headspace’ and ‘thinking time’ for practice managers, primary care practitioners and other primary care colleagues to consider new ideas, share views, discuss issues, reflect and apply learning to your own context.

1:1 Support for Leaders

Safe Space Conversation Sessions for Senior Clinical Leaders

This offer will provide senior clinical leaders time out to talk, to gain support, learning and development through a crucial period of heightened demand on individuals and the healthcare services around them. Primarily aimed at executive and deputy Medical and Nursing Directors, Heads of Midwifery and AHPs (and their deputies), Senior Clinical Leaders of teams or services, and clinical divisional directors or equivalent.

Bitesize Coachingbook your 45-minute session today.

An opportunity for those working on the frontline and/or responsible for teams who are currently working under pressure to work with an experienced coach. This one-off session can help you process experiences, develop coping skills or explore strategies to navigate challenging circumstances.

National and Partner Offers

Looking After Our People – Retention and Staff Experience Event, 10th June, 2:00pm – 5:00pm

Are you working on programmes, ideas or strategies to retain and improve the working experience of people in your organisation or system? Would you like to join this Retention and Staff Experience Community of Practice in sharing good practice and learning? This ‘unconference’ is open to everyone working in health and care in the South East Region with a role relating to retaining and improving the experience and wellbeing of staff.

Embedded Clinical Leadership in Practice Scheme (eCLiPS) 2021/22 – A Leadership Development Opportunity for SAS & HST Doctors

eCLiPS is a unique, bespoke opportunity to garner ‘hands on experience’ of real life healthcare leadership beyond the confines of routine clinical practice. Through your change project, as clinical leader, you can practise your new knowledge and skills, learning through doing and reflection. Watch this video to find out more or contact [email protected] for details and an application form.

NHS Elect upcoming webinars

NHS Elect is a national membership organisation run by experienced NHS colleagues that provides development, coaching and support in a number of areas, including Leadership and Organisational Development.

South East Leadership Academy has entered into a strategic partnership with NHS Elect to increase the access to leadership development opportunities for NHS staff in the South East region. The events are free of charge and available to Organisations in the South East who hold an NHS Elect membership. To find out if your organisation holds a membership, please visit NHS Elect – Current members.

Current courses include:

For more information about these webinars and a full list of development opportunities from NHS Elect please visit: NHS Elect – Online Courses or contact [email protected].


Shaped by on-going feedback and conversations had with managers throughout the NHS – #ProjectM is a suite of resources, tools and guides to help our NHS managers lead through COVID-19 and beyond. A community of practice will provide a safe, collaborative space for colleagues to get peer-to-peer support, alongside our award-winning health and wellbeing offers.

#ProjectM Mentorship

In the spirit of support and collaboration #ProjectM mentorship has launched. This is mentorship but not as you know it! This means getting involved is quick and easy and doesn’t require registration. #ProjectM mentorship is based on harnessing social media (starting with Twitter) to enable the #ProjectM community to self-organise. This means you can share your skills and experience by letting the #ProjectM community know you are happy to be a mentor, or you would like to be mentored by adding a Twibbon to your Twitter profile picture.

Executive Suite

Racial Justice Series – Seminar 4: ‘Creating an anti-racist NHS – what is the work to get us there?‘, 29 June, 10am – 12pm 27 May 16:15 – 17:00

The session will explore in conversation: ‘What would an anti-racist NHS look and feel like?; How do we move from increased awareness (that something radical is needed to deliver racial justice) to effective action to embed racial justice into principles, practices, decision making and policies in ways that have a positive impact on underrepresented colleagues.

Other offers

Level 6 NHS Project Management Apprenticeship – information session, 8th June, 12:30 – 13:30

Find out more about the new Level 6 NHS Project Management Apprenticeship with Mary Seacole embedded, provided by the University of Cumbria and how it can benefit your staff, your organisation and your system.


For Regional Offers: [email protected]

For National and Partner Offers – Please follow the link in the offer you are interested in and contact organisers directly