Aim
To make you a better leader and to know what being a better leader means.

In order to
Ensure that the way you lead the delivery of healthcare is of the highest quality.

Format
We deliver three courses for senior leaders, ‘Leading Self,’ ‘Leading Others’ and ‘Leading Systems.’ You can attend just an individual module, attend the courses consecutively, or in any order you choose, however we recommend attending them in order if possible.

We believe that leadership is both deeply relational and profoundly personal. As such we focus on the development of individuals’ ability to understand themselves first through increasing their self and social awareness, understanding the impact and influence they have on others and their personal insight into their patterns and assumptions in order that they make leadership actions based on informed choices rather than unconscious habit.

Senior leaders are often engaged with complex problems that can’t be solved just with management processes and tool-kits. In order to make these problems better, leaders have to work with others, investing time in the development of stronger relationships to enable this to work. In order to develop effective relationships we must first understand ourselves.

Individuals develop this heightened awareness on the programme through the video review of team exercises, coupled with straight-talking peer to peer and faculty led feedback.
The programme is based around the core values of learning through insight and experience. Themes are introduced and developed through a mixture of cohort lectures and small group working.

Each module builds on the previous, supporting individuals to move on to considering how they lead others in teams before looking at leading across boundaries, sometimes in positions without formal authority, and developing a collaborative approach to leadership whilst developing the personal resilience required for leading complex adaptive systems in uncertain times.


Impact

Confidence in abilities
Over our first set of modules, 93.7% of those who attended were very confident or confident in their abilities against the learning objectives after attending modules, as opposed to just 42% who were before attending.

Progress towards goals
• 83% of members felt they had achieved their personal goals or made progress towards them during the course. The remaining 17% didn’t provide a response to this question.
• 85% of members felt they had achieved their organisational goals or made progress towards them. 13% didn’t provide a response to this question and 2% felt it was too early to tell.
• 65% of members felt they had achieved their clinical goals or made progress towards them. 2% felt it was too early to tell, 5% said this was not applicable and the remaining 28% didn’t provide a response.

Overall ratings
88% of those who attended rated the programme as excellent with 12% rating it as good, and 95% said they would definitely recommend it to others with 5% saying they probably would.

Further details
You can find out more about the impact of the full programme in our evaluation report.

Case studies
In our latest case study Dr Jane Jones shares her reflections of attending the course, and the impact it had both on her and the service she leads.


Leading Self

Upcoming Course Dates

13-15 March 2019
Central London – NVCO
Closing date for applications: 18 January 2019

18-20 September 2019
Central London – NVCO
Closing date for applications: 22 July 2019

Aim
To develop a deeper awareness and accountability for managing your emotions, behaviours and assumptions.

In order to
Make leadership actions based on informed choices rather than unconscious habit.

Duration
3 days

Learning Outcomes
• Understand your personal leadership context and challenges within the healthcare system.
• Become aware of personal values, principles and assumptions.
• Notice how you manage your behaviours in group situations.
• Gain awareness of how personal traits can influence performance of self and team.
• Begin to develop your personal reflective practice.

Impact

Read the evaluation report from our Leading Self module in October 2018

Read the evaluation report from our Leading Self module in February 2018


Leading Others

Upcoming Course Dates

15-17 May 2019
Central London – NVCO
Closing date for applications: 22 March 2019

13-15 November 2019
Central London – NVCO
Closing date for applications: 23 September 2019

Aim
To develop your ability to influence and be informed by others.

In order to
Be a more effective leader of teams and groups.

Duration
3 days

Learning Outcomes
• Gain greater understanding of your own leadership context and challenges within the healthcare system.
• Understand roles: leader, deputies and followers.
• Deeper awareness of presence – how personal traits impact or fail to impact on the performance of self and team.
• Notice the nature of key intra-team relationships.
• Understand the dynamic demands of task, team and individual priorities.
• Further develop your personal leadership strategy.

Impact

Read the evaluation report from our Leading Others module in November 2018

Read the evaluation report from our Leading Others module in April 2018


Leading Systems

10-12 July 2019
Central London – NVCO
Closing date for applications: 20 May 2019

11-13 December 2019
Central London – NVCO
Closing date for applications: 18 October 2019

Aim
To understand the nature of healthcare systems and to develop your own intuitive abilities to recognise patterns and appropriate points of intervention.

In order to
Move from managing the consequences of systems to actually improving them.

Duration
3 days

Learning Outcomes
• Gain greater understanding of your own leadership context and challenges across healthcare systems.
• Understand how structural elements (i.e. organisational design, hierarchy, roles, workflow, policy etc) impact behaviours and leadership.
• Consider how to make learning and improvement continuous instead of episodic and integrated rather than fragmented.
• Identify the right culture for your system and how to promote it.
• Map the key local, regional and national relationships needed and develop a personal plan for developing these.
• Further develop your personal leadership strategy.

Impact

Read the evaluation report from our first Leading Systems module in December 2017

Impact

Read the evaluation report from our second Leading Systems module in December 2018


Moments of real revelation, learning that I will take back to work and implement. I will be a better leader as a direct result of this course and the College.

Challenges and develops the kind of collaborative leadership the NHS needs.

It is a course that can benefit anybody as the self-immersion in practice promotes personal responses and challenge.

Thank you. I found it a very valuable three days in ways I had not anticipated. The Faculty were particularly excellent and generous in approach in how they facilitated sessions. It felt that they do the course because they truly believe in its value.

I have not felt as invigorated or as challenged in a long time. I feel I have been shown important aspects of myself and given tools to improve.

Gave me space to consider and explore things I needed to address in a really effective way. I had underestimated how very effective the course would be for this.