COVID-19 update

1 September 2020

The global COVID-19 pandemic poses significant challenges to all of us, and in particular to leaders and front-line staff working within health and social care. Our thoughts are with all those working to care for patients in these challenging times, and with everyone affected.

The pandemic is highlighting the critical importance of leadership and I’m so proud of our many members stepping up and taking key roles in leading the preparation and response for their organisations.

Like many charities and organisations across the UK, we have been working hard in recent months to ensure that we can continue to support all of the organisations we currently work with. We believe that the development of leaders with the confidence, capacity and compassion to bring people together to work with the unfolding wicked problems in front of us and ahead will be crucial. We are determined to remain flexible to help those who seek our support now and in the future despite the uncertainty around how long the impact of the pandemic last.

To maintain continuity of support will require some different ways of working within our own team during this period. I am deeply thankful to our faculty and staff who have stepped up to the plate to find a new way forwards and am grateful for the ongoing support of our Trustees and Advisory Council.

We will continue to provide updates as things evolve here and will be in contact directly with anyone affected by changes to our programmes and plans.

Look after yourselves and each other

Charlie Brown
CEO, The Staff College: Leadership in Healthcare

What we’re doing to support leaders during this period

We’ve adapted our face to face elements to incorporate social distancing measures in order that we can deliver programmes again to small groups.
You can find out about the safety measures we’re implementing here.

Supporting teams within the health and care system.
This includes working with teams in real time to develop better leadership, process and cohesion as they grapple with the changing landscape as a result of COVID-19. We are continuing to develop our thinking about innovative ways we can help. You can find out more about how we’re working with teams with a mixture of virtual and face to face interventions.

We’ve launched a series of new virtual leadership development modules.
We’ve adapted our experiential, provocative approach and can now offer a variety of half-day modules focussed on the themes you’ve told us matter most. Find out more here.

We’ve launched a fortnightly series of leadership blogs from Staff College faculty
You can read all of the blogs published so far here. If you want to receive these and don’t already, you can sign up here

We’ve launched a monthly series of interactive Talking Heads: Talking Health sessions via Zoom. You can find out about our upcoming sessions, or watch our previous ones here too. To ensure you hear about future sessions, sign up to our newsletter here

Changes to courses and working practices

Our key priorities throughout this period are to protect our team and everyone we work with. We’re following the latest official guidance to help efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19. To this end we have implemented some changes which will remain in place for the foreseeable future:

Practical precautions to protect our staff:
• We have closed our office; the team is now working from home. We are still contactable via email or phone.
• All meetings take place virtually.
• We continue to follow official advice on isolation requirements.
• We are developing plans for safely delivering face to face elements whilst incorporating social distancing measures.
• We will be utilising bubbles of less than 10 members for any face to face elements to reduce the risk of transmission.
• We will be splitting our faculty into three separate teams for the delivery of programmes during Autumn and Winter to minimise contact and the risk of spreading the virus within our own team.