Building collaborative leadership across health and care organisations

This programme has been designed to support chief executives and experienced directors to lead their organisations more effectively within the current health and social care system. It will allow leaders time and space in which to develop the skills and behaviours to support a more collaborative style of leadership.

Our recent publication, Place-based systems of care, and NHS England guidance around producing sustainability and transformation plans both identify the importance of senior leaders in local health and care organisations working together to secure the transformational change necessary to meet rising demand and growing financial pressures. Many of the new vanguard care models also require senior leaders to adopt a more collaborative approach across organisational boundaries.

The introduction of new governance arrangements locally to support the development of sustainability and transformation plans and/or new care models will only be effective where senior leaders are working collaboratively. This will require, among other things, a greater understanding of the challenges facing individual leaders and their organisations and an agreed, shared purpose and intent across the leadership group, as well as clarity over how they will hold one another to account. Open and honest discussions will be needed to accelerate the pace of change locally.

Who is it for?

The programme is for chief executives of NHS providers, chairs and chief operating officers from clinical commissioning groups, and experienced directors planning to become chief executives within the next two or three years. Nominated leads responsible for co-ordinating local sustainability and transformation plans would also benefit.

How will you benefit from this programme?

Participating in this programme will give you:

  • a greater understanding of the challenges facing leaders across different types of health and social care organisations
  • knowledge of a variety of tools and conceptual frameworks to support collaborative leadership
  • the opportunity to identify at an individual level how you will make a tangible difference as a collaborative leader in your local health and social care system
  • strategies and tools to help you overcome the local challenges and constraints that may be hindering collaborative leadership locally
  • an understanding of the different perspectives, challenges and agendas of the different parts of the health and social care system
  • the opportunity to participate in a national network with other NHS and social care leaders.

What will you do on this programme?

This programme will explore the key ingredients required for collaborative leadership across a health and care system to flourish. The programme comprises four two-day sessions, with each session beginning late afternoon on day one.

The programme will provide experienced leaders with protected space to develop the skills and behaviours associated with a more collaborative style of leadership. It will also explore the style, culture and behaviour that participants are setting within their organisation – as staff at all levels will need to work more collaboratively across organisational boundaries if new health and care models are to succeed.

Programme team

This programme will be delivered by Dr Nicola Walsh, Assistant Director of Leadership, and other senior staff from The King’s Fund. A selection of high-profile guest speakers from the public and independent sectors will be invited to share with the group their own experience of securing change through working with other organisational leaders in a collaborative manner. The maximum number of participants will be 16.