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Systems go! Cross-sector partnering for change in health and care


Anytime, self-guided

Free course
Three weeks

The UK’s health and care system is at a moment of national crisis. It is grappling with persistent health inequalities, over-stretched services and an exhausted workforce.

To address these challenges effectively, there needs to be bold, radical action that moves the system to a preventive approach – one that focuses on promoting health rather than simply treating illnesses. On this three-week course, you’ll discover how to address the most serious challenges facing the health and care sector through effective and collaborative partnerships.


Who is Systems go! for?

Leaders, at all levels, working across the health and care system. This includes but is not confined to: 

  • aspiring managers and leaders across the system

  • clinical and managerial leaders in the NHS

  • senior leaders in local government, social care and the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector.

Programme team

What will you achieve?

By taking part in this free online course, you’ll: 

  • discover the challenges of cross-sector partnerships and how you can overcome these issues

  • understand how effective partnerships can leverage the collective intelligence, creativity and resilience of local stakeholders working for a common cause

  • explore the purpose and role of partnerships and how they can unite teams to drive change

  • learn how to use the lived and learned expertise of those within partnerships to create systems change

  • gain practical skills in systems leadership.

How will you learn?

This is a free self-guided course. Once you enrol, you will have three weeks to complete the course at your own pace. Delivered via FutureLearn, you'll have the opportunity to meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions at every stage of your learning.

For any enquiries about this course please contact [email protected]


'I came to the Kings Fund more than 20 years ago as part of the Millennium Awards Scheme. Their training and support set me on a path of peer-delivered community development and empowerment which has brought me to where I am today - managing programmes which prioritise VSO/NHS partnerships just as ICSs are forming. Thank you for a course which has added depth and breadth to that knowledge!'

Past participant

'This has added detail in learning and mindset maintenance that I needed to continue to be the change that I want to see in my own organisation. It really helps when you have doubts about how you can keep trying to influence and partner in a positive way to zoom out to the bigger picture across the country; knowing there are lots of examples of working and succeeding partnerships.'

Past participant

'The course content was great and very timely in the current health position.'

Past participant

'Fantastic and have already recommended to my colleagues!'

Past participant


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Develop in your health and care role by learning how to tackle complex health problems through collaborative partnerships with this free three-week online course.

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