System Leadership

Non-urgent advice: Welcome to the System Leadership page

Angela Hayday

Welcome to System Leadership.

 Our systems leadership development offers support the ambitions of the NHS Long Term Plan and the NHS People Plan as well as the Government Policy Paper ‘Integration and innovation: working together to improve health and social care for all’which sets out legislative procedures to move the NHS and health and care sector towards improving population health and patient care through integration and collaboration. 

 The move to ‘integrated care systems’ with an increasing focus on ‘place’, and ‘provider collaboratives’ means the ask of leaders already working in complex and challenging environments is significant.  It requires a mindset committed to system goals over single organisational goals in service of communities.  It requires the growth and development of strong relationships between individuals working across organisational and professional boundaries, where networks and local approaches are key and where a distributed rather than a heroic leadership style prevails. Furthermore integrated care systems will be characterised by a more inclusive approach and full engagement with patients, communities, citizens and staff to truly create a far more equal relationship between those who need services and those who provide them.

 To support system leaders, we work with system leads from each of the seven systems in the South West – BNSSG (Healthier Together), BSW, Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire and Somerset to develop bespoke and targeted interventions to develop system leaders.  We have commissioned programmes to  develop critical system skills through the provision of peer-led interventions. 

 Developing Systems Leadership: Interventions, Options & Opportunities describes a way of understanding System Leadership.  It was developed by the NHS Leadership Academy based on research and development of a framework by the East Midlands Leadership Academy funded by Health Education England.   A copy can be downloaded below.   

Angela Hayday

System Leadership Development Senior Manager

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Non-urgent advice: System Thinking Practitioner Apprenticeship – Level 7

The System Thinking Practitioner Apprenticeship supports decision-makers in strategic and leadership roles to understand and address complex and sometimes even ‘wicked’ problems through provision of expert systemic analysis, advice and facilitation.

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Non-urgent Systems thinking for civil servants

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