Who will benefit from this programme?
This programme is often attended by heads of service; team leads/lead practitioners; associate medical directors, specialist service or pharmacy leads; general managers; social care managers or, business managers. You may have recently been promoted or be on course to become a senior leader. Participants who have been on a management or graduate scheme, have now had some management and leadership experience, and are ready to move to the next stage, are particularly welcome. You may also be a senior leader, practitioner or clinician who has been leading from experience and is looking for a refresh of leadership ideas, a better understanding of self and new ways of working to support your hard-won experience.
We aim to represent the diversity of the health, care and the wider community system so welcome participants from NHS organisations, local government, social care and housing organisations, private and third sector providers, as well as patient and community-based leaders.
How will you benefit from this programme?
This programme will equip you with tools and strategies to:
- better understand your own leadership style and how you work with others and approach complex problems
- lead and influence effectively from behind a computer screen
- test your assumptions about yourself and others in order to work well in groups and teams, both in person and online
- work more effectively with colleagues, patients and communities who exercise different kinds of authority and bring different perspectives
- create space to really think about what is going on when you meet resistance or encounter limitations to your ambitions – both your own and those of others
- build your personal resilience and capacity for learning and explore how to create resilient learning cultures, particularly in an online context
- develop a network of peers who can grow together as a cohort of future senior leaders.
What will you do on this programme?
The programme offers a blend of conceptual, experiential and applied learning to help you develop your personal leadership authority and build your capacity for working across groups and systems. The 2020 cohort will meet in an online environment and there will be an opportunity to work in a range of large and small group configurations and explore how working online can be used to influence groups and systems. The programme will be offered in two blocks consisting of two-and-a-half days with a weekend in between. While we will not be working online all the time, we ask you to commit to being present as a learner over the full five days as there will be personal work, preparation and paired conversations built into the core time.
The programme draws on the well-established tools and group relations approach of our Top Manager Programme (TMP) which has been running for more than 35 years. It is delivered through a mix of:
- self reflection and group work to help you understand how you take up your role in groups and systems and to explore what it is like to be on the receiving end of your actions
- workshops to introduce and develop key relational practices
- conceptual sessions – introducing tools and frameworks to support your experience on the programme and to apply to your leadership practice back at work
- peer work in relation to responding to current practical challenges and developing a future network of peer leaders
- one-to-one coaching with a programme director.
The programme stands alone, but it can also provide a foundation for leaders to begin developing the personal awareness and reflective practices that underpin TMP.
What you will need to access this programme?
In order to access the programme online you will need access to a PC (laptop or desktop), microphone, webcam and a good quality broadband connection. Sessions will be delivered using MS Teams or Zoom so you will need to ensure you can access these on your computer. We also strongly recommend that you access the programme in a quiet environment.