Leadership Dispatch – 6 October

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Welcome to the October Leadership Dispatch.

“…our motto is, when they go low, we go high” Michelle Obama

As we celebrate the Black History Month, as a white woman in a mixed-race family, I am conscious every day of how we talk about race. How do we ensure we celebrate the colourful interwoven textures our blended cultural backgrounds bring?

I have seen fantastic examples across our region and nationally of work going on to tackle the complex nature of racial equality in the NHS. I am thrilled to be involved in some of them. I encourage you reading this to stay strong. Both those of you who have been valiantly progressing social justice for many years and those who are keenly learning as you go.

The People Plan articulates a vision where people from all backgrounds belong and feel safe and healthy. It saddens me that this is a radical cultural shift, but it brings me hope that the next generation joining the NHS will experience the culture it describes. At times of culture change, people who represent that change will be criticised, challenged and disliked. But without the courage of these leaders we shift nothing. This means being prepared to stand up and speak out and knowing when to amplify others’ voices.

Hold on to your vision of equality and justice where all people offering and accessing our services feel respected, free from discrimination and valued. To do this we need leaders who represent the colourful interwoven textures of our blended cultures.

Whatever your race I hope you will take up some of the exciting information and opportunities we share below to celebrate black histories as well as futures.

We would also love to hear your career stories and what has helped you get to where you are. Help us form a Careers Collection to share with those aspiring to be like you. Please also feedback on the national NHS Leadership Survey and share what you need, which will inform offers to support your development.

In this edition we focus on supporting Black History Month and the Race Ahead initiative. Our offers below have been tailored to support our leaders in delivering a safe Winter (our Leadership Espresso series and Crisis Coaching offers in particular).  We will be working on further offers in this space which we will launch over the coming weeks to support you and your teams further.

We love hearing from you and connecting across our region so please do get in touch if you have any questions or curiosities.

Fiona Rodden, Head of Talent, South East
NHS England and NHS Improvement

Regional Offers

Leadership Espressos: Supporting Our Leaders

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.

Understanding Trauma in Healthcare

This session is for leaders who would like to understand what trauma looks like and how it can impact your staff and yourself. You will be invited to share experiences and commit to an action to take back into your workplace to apply your learning in a tangible way. This session will support you as a line manager to signpost staff to appropriate resources and services.

Conversations to Build Resilience

These are unprecedented times. We are juggling work and personal lives that are more disruptive, stressful, and ever changing with often increasing demands. Part 1 is for anyone who wants to know how to manage sensitive conversations to support their teams and colleagues when working under pressure. Part 2 will review key points from part 1 and discuss participants’ experiences since session 1.

Rising Stronger From Mental Health To Mental Wealth

This session is not about challenging you to up your game or work harder, it’s about nudging you to remember who you are at your best. That’s not only good for you, it creates positive ripples that impact on your family, your team and patients. Bouncing back is one thing, bouncing forward is quite another.

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 session is for staff who are concerned that their teams are working through times of 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.

Giving Effective Feedback

Giving feedback is a skill and it takes practice to get it right. This 90-minute leadership espresso has been designed to support you to give feedback constructively and effectively across difference, for example race, gender, sexuality and disability.

Supporting the talent in your team

This session will explore how managers can keep their staff engaged and motivated during periods where stretch opportunities may be more desirable and appropriate than taking on more responsibility, learning opportunities, promotion or mentoring others.

Leadership Espressos – Inclusion Series

This is a series of leadership espressos focusing on LGBTQ identities and mental health. These sessions will allow participants to gain insight and skills in assessing and addressing the needs of LGBTQ staff, including:

  • Privilege, Minority Stress and intersectionality: 14 Oct. 15:00 – 16.30. Find out more.
  • Trans inclusion: 21 Oct. 12pm – 13:30. Find out more.

Primary Care Offers

Working at Scale: Strategic Skills Programme for PCN Managers

This programme provides support and development for PCN (Primary Care Network) Managers with a focus on their personal skills of leadership and collaboration to ‘work at scale’. It is designed to equip PCN Managers with the tools, skills, strategies and networks to lead, manage and influence change.  

Innovative Collaborative Practice ProgrammeAn invitation to GP practices

The aim of the programme is to work ‘in place’ to improve patient care, develop new skill sets for staff, improve staff morale and retention, consider future general practice sustainability and provide wraparound social prescribing support.

Challenging Conversations (Primary care) – Leadership Espresso

We will look at the key factors of challenging conversations, what makes them challenging, what holds us back and what can help us. You will be learning and sharing your examples and tips with others in similar situations to help support each other.

Leading without authority Masterclass

This virtual session is for practice managers, primary care practitioners and other key primary care colleagues and will help you consider the differences between leading in a hierarchical context and influencing across networks, which aspects of your work are best achieved through a conventional management approach and which aspects require a more networked approach to leadership and more.

Understanding Trauma in Healthcare (Primary Care only)

This session is for leaders who would like to understand what trauma looks like and how it can impact your staff and yourself. You will be invited to share experiences and commit to an action to take back into your workplace to apply your learning in a tangible way. This session will support you as a line manager to signpost staff to appropriate resources and services.

Leading Transformation 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

Crisis Coaching – book your 45-minute session

This offer is a one off, or up to 3 short, focused 60-minute sessions which will provide colleagues with the opportunity to process experiences, develop coping skills and explore strategies to navigate challenging circumstances. This offer is for all staff working in the South East in Frontline and/or Leadership roles (either employed by the NHS or working with an NHS funded employer delivering NHS funded care in clinical or non-clinical roles).

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.

Graduate Management Training Scheme (GMTS)

The GMTS team are proud to announce that we have been listed in 3rd position in the recent Times Top 100 Graduate Employers. Applications are now open for potential trainees, please view our New National GMTS website for further details. We will be hosting a series of engagement events in preparation for the 2022 cohort soon.

We will also be running the Programme and Placement Management Network Meeting on Thursday 14th October 13:00 – 14:30. If you are interested in joining our Managers’ network and attending this session please email [email protected]

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.

National and Partner Offers

Exploring Compassionate Leadership for Clinical Directors

This session will provide Clinical Directors with the opportunity to reflect on the demands of their role and how they practice compassionate leadership for their own wellbeing and to support their teams to deliver the best care possible for their patients.

Engagement Sessions for Apprenticeships with Leadership Programmes

During September The NHS Leadership Academy and selected Apprenticeship Providers have scheduled a series of engagement sessions to provide information on upcoming Apprenticeship Standards offering NHS Leadership Academy Leadership Programmes (Mary Seacole and Edward Jenner) included with them.

Leading for Systems Change

This new national offer provides place-based support for Integrated Care Systems (ICS), to build collaborative system-wide leadership. This offer will provide practical, place-based support to help build collaborative leadership thinking across all areas, building understanding and expertise regarding what it means to work at a system level and to encourage new ways of working.

NHS Leadership and Development Survey 2021

What do you need to be an effective leader; what support do you need to help you learn; what help do you need for your personal development and career; and what do you see as the current priorities? Hearing voices from all parts of our community will allow us to develop content and initiatives that are relevant to you, and your career journey. This is a chance for you to have your say.

NHS England upcoming virtual events

  • How to have safe and effective wellbeing conversations – national training programme, 1 Nov. – find out more.
  • Online Workshop: Unpacking Communication, 3 Nov. – 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:

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.

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. 

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