Leadership Dispatch – 6 July 2021

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Welcome to our July Leadership Dispatch.  This edition focuses on our virtual Leadership Espresso series to support leaders in creating positive working cultures, developing resilience and leading hybrid teams.  This continues our work in both focusing on recovery and restoration work and on leading change and innovation.  We appreciate how busy our services are this Summer and that we are also delivering ambitious plans for recovery of services and a significant change agenda.  To support this work we are launching our new Leading Transformation virtual masterclass series.  These five solution-focused bitesize sessions will explore key concepts that deliver collaboration, transformation and partnering and offer real-time peer discussion and access to a bespoke collaboration space.  This series commences in September and we anticipate very high demand for this offer so book now to secure your place.

The Executive Suite is focusing on key offers to support leaders in transition as we move towards statutory Integrated Care Systems and SELA will be reaching out to each ICS with a curated offer of support to complement the Executive Suite including coaching support, Action Learning Sets and bespoke Board and Clinical Leadership development in place.  Please do get in touch if you are interested to hear more about this bespoke work in our systems.

We will be writing out again before the Summer holiday period commences with a programme of offers for the Autumn to give you and your teams plenty of notice to sign up for our events. We would also like to ask you to share this Dispatch with your teams and encourage them to sign up to receive these directly to their mailbox by completing the simple sign-up form at the end of this Dispatch.

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.

Bringing a Team Back Together to Reset, Renew & Refocus

As we find our new normal and navigate to reset, renew and refocus after a challenging year, perhaps being redeployed or working on COVID-related projects, this leadership espresso will help you focus on re-engaging and empowering your teams, re-contracting and the fundamentals of a high performing team.

Sustaining a Good Team Culture

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 in order to move forward positively together, including how to design and run a processing or time-out session with your team.

Supporting Your People when Noticing Burnout

Do you suspect someone in your team is burning out? It can be hard to know what to do. This 90-minute leadership espresso has been designed for staff who are concerned that their teams are working through times of extreme pressure. Individuals who want to know how to better understand their people in such circumstances and what they can do to support them effectively.

Giving Feedback and Having Great Conversations

These leadership espressos will explore feedback and talent management– what it is and what it isn’t, as well as what good looks like and what we should be aiming for, as leaders, when having these conversations.

Conversations to Build Resilience, 1 September 09:30 – 11:00

These are unprecedented times, the only conversations we are hearing are those about COVID-19. We are juggling work and personal lives that are more disruptive, stressful, and ever changing with often increasing demands. This 90-minute leadership espresso is for anyone who wants to know how to manage sensitive conversations to support their teams and colleagues when working under pressure.

Making Every Conversation Count, 13 September 10:00 – 12:00

Our teams are experiencing heightened levels of stress, pressure and ambiguity in both the workplace and at home and can sometimes struggle to hold impactful and meaningful conversations, especially in the virtual world. This 90-minute espresso will introduce Line Managers to the benefits and simple and practical techniques of coaching style conversations to better support and develop their staff.

Leading Hybrid Teams, 14 September 10:00 – 11:30

The emerging extent of flexible and remote working is largely an uncharted territory in the NHS, in which there will be pitfalls we wish to avoid and also huge opportunities to improve the way we work together. This session provides protected ‘headspace’ and ‘thinking time’ for busy managers to consider thought-provoking ideas, share views, discuss issues with colleagues, reflect, learn and ask questions.

Primary Care Masterclasses

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

This 90-minute espresso is for practice managers, primary care practitioners and other key primary care colleagues and will help you consider how to create and sustain a climate of psychological safety in our work, whether face to face or virtual and how to keep and embed a sense of connection amongst colleagues when working with hybrid teams.

Leading Transition in 2021 Programme for System Leaders

Designed to support leaders to meet the specific challenges of leading transformation in 2021, this bitesize programme will introduce you to big ideas, equip you with practical tools and offer access to a peer learning and support community. With five solution-focused bitesize learning sessions, including ‘Making a positive difference without the resources, authority and clarity you need!‘, ‘Managing big personalities and their competing agendas‘ and ‘Practical tools for managing the work‘, this programme offers a flexible, blended approach of in-person sessions and self-directed application to develop your skills.

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. 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

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.

Graduate Management Training Scheme (GMTS)

This coming September will see our largest cohort of GMTS trainees starting in the SE region ever. Click here for further details on GMTS. In the lead up to September, we are running a number of programme and placement manager training events, see details below.

Calling all GMTS Alumni

We are currently reviewing our understanding of GMTS Alumni in the region, whether they trained in the South East, or moved to the area after completion, in order to understand how we can better support our trainees both during their time on GMTS as well as their early years post completion. If you are GMTS Alumni please complete a short survey which will take no more than a minute or two to complete.

Programme and Placement Manager Training events

These sessions are aimed at new and existing GMTS Programme and Placement Managers to provide insights to the Graduate Management Training Scheme, the journey of the trainee and the roles and expectations of the Programme and Placement Managers. There is also an opportunity for our GMTS Programme and Placement Managers to meet and discuss how the network can support you moving forward.

National and Partner Offers

A Leadership Development Opportunity for SAS & HST Doctors: Embedded Clinical Leadership in Practice Scheme (eCLiPS) 2021/22 in Kent Surrey and Sussex

This programme, fully funded by Health Education England is a unique, bespoke opportunity to garner formal leadership skills as well as ‘hands-on experience’ of real life healthcare leadership beyond the confines of routine clinical practice. Through your quality improvement project, as a clinical leader, you will practise your new knowledge and skills, learn through doing and reflection with the support of a workplace sponsor and a mentor from the programme.  Watch this video to find out more. Closing date 19th July. Contact [email protected] for application form.

Apprenticeships – NHS Leadership Academy Programmes

The NHS Leadership Academy are working with education providers to provide access to their leadership development programmes as part of apprenticeships, in line with the People Plan. The aim is to help widen access to leadership development whilst further enabling the health and social care sector to fully utilise the levy and apprenticeships for recruitment and development. Click here to see the types of already launched apprenticeships and how to find out more. Click here to view a recording of an information session about the NHS Level 3 Data Technician Apprenticeship.

NHS England upcoming virtual events

  • Talking Systems – Organisational Design in a Systems Context, 15 July 14:00 15:00 – find out more.
  • Shining A Light on Co-production July Event, 19 July, 13:00pm – 14:30pm – find out more.
  • An Introduction to working with People & Communities, 21 July 11:00 – 12:15 – find out more.
  • Talking Systems – Organisations as living systems, 2 September 16:00 – 17:00 – find out more.

For more virtual events please visit: NHS England and NHS Improvement Online Events

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:

  • Compassionate Leadership – 14 July
  • Communications for QI – 21 July
  • Systems thinking – 27 July
  • Compassionate conversations – 11 August
  • Measurement for improvement – 24 August and more…

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

A comprehensive suite of supportive offers and resources for senior and executive leaders in health and care. They are designed to support you to remain a resilient leader, continue to thrive in your role, and set cultures that value the importance of health and wellbeing. The offers are open to all executive leaders across health and care in England. 

Spotlight on: Supporting senior leaders and board level post holders throughout the development and transition towards statutory Integrated Care Systems – Executive Suite Offers

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