South West Leadership Academy

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As we continue to experience a deeply challenging and uncertain environment, and as increasing demands on our time, attention, energy and capacity may become detrimental to health and well-being, we are sharing again our current portfolio of opportunities with additional resources that have been designed to respond to the pressures of winter.

At the SWLA, we have committed this year to building our portfolio around three major themes – recovery, integration and cultural change – and we have been inspired by the interest, participation and feedback for these experiences and programmes. Through our collaboration with the leadership community and our thinking partners, we continue to introduce new and emerging ideas in leadership practice that we hope will have a powerful impact on the future of health and care in the South-West.

Importantly, now is the time to refocus and reframe our portfolio to respond to the next step in recovery for the region. We know that recovery is a term that provokes debate, and that for many, it is a personal journey. For us, recovery is not simply about asking you to become more resilient in the face of impossible demands, nor is it producing out-of-context, at scale interventions that only demand more time, and more energy, with little genuine application or acknowledgement as to how you meet the challenges of change in your environment. However, we also know that for many, access to open resources and a community can provide deeply powerful experiences that can lift, sustain and retain your energy, hope and ambition. We will continue to signpost to resources.

Therefore, we offer below what we hope is balanced, meaningful support for the multiple demands of winter, and the ongoing pressures we are facing. These include bitesize workshops, resources and stories to inspire system change, and the return of the Slow Swimming Club. For those that can, that want to, or those that feel inspired to try, we also have more experiential, longer form programmes that seek to continue elevate our collective practice of leadership that can respond to crisis, but that is rooted in hope.

Health and Wellbeing Offers

Wellbeing Podcasts

The impact of Covid-19 and winter pressures continue to disrupt and interrupt our everyday lives in many ways, and we are all experiencing a level of change that is both unprecedented in speed . The impact of this has been felt more acutely and keenly by those working for at the front-line of patient care or working hard to maintain a service in extremely challenging circumstances.

We are supporting the Somerset Emotional Wellbeing Podcast – a free weekly show hosted by Dr. Andrew Tresidder and Dr. Peter Bagshaw. In each episode, the doctors discuss a different topic related to mental health and emotional wellbeing and often invite expert guests to join them in conversation.

Additionally, through a series of three podcasts, we aim to provide some thoughts, ideas and strategies to help you make sense of your experience over recent months and move through the next phase of response.

Click here to find out more

Wellbeing Blogs

You may find it helpful to have the opportunity to take 10-15 minutes time to read and reflect. We have a series of blogs, around a range of topics or with the aim of supporting you during these particularly difficult months. There are a variety of titles around mindfulness, compassion, adapting to uncertainty and taking time to pause.

Click here to find out more

Leadership and Management Offers

Leadership Learning Zone

We know how important it is for clinicians and leaders at all levels to keep their skills updated to inspire and lead their teams. Equally, we understand how crucial it is for you to personally improve your skills and effectiveness. Truly authentic leadership is a journey and these online modules that we have created will enable you to support that journey to truly realise your potential.
22 eLearning modules complimented by training events and workshops to help you lead your team. Click here to register.

Leadership Offers Provided by other Regional Leadership Academy Teams

South East Leadership Academy

Leading Through the Winter – As we approach the colder months and the NHS continues to work through the extensive backlog, we are looking to face one of our most difficult winters to date. We are expecting to see increased pressures on staff, combined with higher levels of sickness and absence in the workforce.  We have curated this session to explore the leadership concepts and practices that will support us during this time, exploring compassionate and inclusive leadership cultural principles while aiding recovery in individuals and teams for a safer winter. Click here to find out more

Looking After Yourself and Your Teams – This short espresso session will be an opportunity to learn about mental health & wellbeing, understand stigmas of mental health and explore the impact of remote working on your wellbeing and energy sources. You will also have the opportunity to discuss & learn with others in small break out groups and share any tactics & tips to help for your mental energy and recovery whilst working remotely. Click here to find out more.

Coaching and Mentoring Offers

Bitesize Coaching for Frontline Leaders and Managers

In response to the additional challenges this winter, we are pleased to introduce our new, Bitesize Coaching offer to support Frontline Leaders & Managers across the South West. We are working with a team of professional coaches who will provide focused, short-term support in the form of a 45-minute virtual or telephone coaching session. These are designed to offer a safe space where Frontline Leaders & Managers can reflect on and explore their concerns, needs and challenges in a constructive way.

Find out more here

Coaching Register

Coaching is one of the key approaches through which leadership within organisations can be developed. Coaching is a method of developing an individual’s capabilities in order to facilitate the achievement of organisational success. Coaching is series of purposeful conversations that unlock a person’s potential to maximise their own performance.  It helps individuals learn and grow through a collaborative, solution focused, result-orientated process.

Find out more here

Mentoring Register

Mentoring is a developmental relationship in which one person (the Mentor) – usually someone more knowledgeable (though ‘peer’ mentoring can be as successful) helps another (the Mentee) to discover more about themselves, and develop their potential capability.

This is achieved through a professional friendship designed to support career progression, widen an individual’s networks, develop leadership capability and improve performance.

Find out more here

Other Resources

E-Learning Modules

E-learning for healthcare provides e-learning programmes to support the health and care workforce. Topics include coaching skills, managing change, health and wellbeing champions and staff recovery resources. Find out more here

National Support for Our People

Supporting our people – helping you manage your own health and wellbeing whilst looking after others. Online resources, guides and programmes to support staff health and wellbeing through the pandemic and beyond. Find out more here

Suicide Prevention, Management and Postvention toolkit

One in four adults experience suicidal thoughts and feelings at some point in their lives, and as one third of our lives are spent in work, then work can be a place where support is offered and provided.

This suicide prevention toolkit is designed to help, support, and educate everyone in the organisation around the risks of suicide at work, promoting good practice, and encouraging healthy conversation to remove the stigma often associated with mental health problems and suicide.

Click here to access the Suicide Prevention Toolkit 

With thanks to our colleagues in the North West Ambulance Service who developed this tool kit and have given permission for us to share.

Supporting our NHS People

Helping you manage your own health and wellbeing whilst looking after others. Find available resources here

South West Wellbeing Hubs

The staff mental health and wellbeing hubs have been set up to provide health and social care colleagues rapid access to assessment and local evidence-based mental health services and support where needed. The hub offer is confidential and free of charge for all health and social care staff. Find out more here


A place and space for team leaders and managers to connect, share and learn together. Through your feedback, contributions and emerging themes we will be releasing new content led by you, for you. Find out more here

Healthcare Leadership Model

The Healthcare Leadership Model is useful for everyone because it describes the things you can see leaders doing at work and demonstrates how you can develop as a leader – even if you’re not in a formal leadership role. Find out more here

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