• Talking Heads: Talking Health – Ajit Abraham

    Posted on 18 Jun 2020 in Staff College News

    In the first of our new Talking Heads: Talking Health series, Staff College Principal, Mr Ajit Abraham, will be joining us on 1 July at 18:30 to talk about his experiences of leadership.

    Ajit is a Consultant General, Trauma & Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary (HPB) Surgeon at the Royal London Hospital, Barts Health NHS Trust. He was the Chair of the Board of Surgery and Deputy Chief Medical Officer at Barts Health, prior to a surgical sabbatical in Singapore, 2018-19. He was also a Health Foundation QI Fellow at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and Harvard, 2011-12.  

    His full bio is on the Staff College website.

    Ajit will share his take on leadership in the NHS from a frontline perspective.  He will speak for about 15 – 20 minutes, but looks forward even more to the questions, comments, and interactive discussion that will follow.

    Find out more and register here.


  • Supporting Leaders through Lockdown and Beyond: When did it all get so complicated?

    Posted on 18 Jun 2020 in Staff College News

    Find out how to join the first in our Talking Heads: Talking Health series with Staff College Principal, Ajit Abraham, sharing his experiences of leadership.

    Read the latest blog from Staff College faculty.  This week Captain David Lilley Royal Navy shares his thoughts on ‘Where does leadership take us?’

    Read all the latest news here.

  • Supporting Leaders through Lockdown and Beyond: This Time its Personal

    Posted on 18 Jun 2020 in Staff College News

    Read our latest updates and news including the second in our series of faculty blogs.  This week’s comes from John MackMersh with a provocative blog: Can we talk about leadership without using the “C” word?

    Read the full blog here.

  • The first in our series of Faculty Blogs

    Posted on 18 Jun 2020 in Staff College News

    We’ve published the first in our series of Faculty Blogs.  First up is Brigadier Ian Huntley OBE with his thoughts about leading after a crisis.

    Read the full version here.

  • Supporting Leaders through Lockdown and Beyond

    Posted on 18 Jun 2020 in Staff College News

    These are uncertain and confusing times and the Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the critical importance of good leadership, especially in healthcare.  It is therefore encouraging to hear stories about how Staff College Members are making a significant difference. 

    Staff College, as you may know, has had to adapt to the effects of the pandemic and we have been working hard to ensure that we can continue to support those who need our help and expertise.  We believe that the development of leaders with the confidence, capacity and compassion to bring people together to work through the unfolding wicked problems in front of us is crucial. 

    While our formal programmes are currently postponed, we are continuing to offer support to the health and care system.  Some organisations are already thinking beyond the Covid-19 pandemic and have asked us to support them as they form new teams or adapt to the new environment.  At the same time, we are developing our thinking about innovative ways in which we can help teams in real time to develop better leadership, process and cohesion and have a range of means for providing support including, of course, via online meetings.

    We’ll also be providing some useful resources to leaders while the lockdown restrictions continue:

    • A fortnightly blog to promote further thinking about current leadership issues from our faculty – you can read the first one below!
    • A monthly Talking Heads session via Zoom.  These will provide the opportunity to hear from healthcare leaders about the leadership challenges they’re experiencing with a forum for members to ask questions and share insights.  Further details will be shared imminently.
    • We’ll be regularly sharing stories of our members and their examples of outstanding leadership, lessons they’ve learnt and wish to pass on for the benefit of others.  To share your story, please get in touch at