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Primary Care Leadership Development Programme (Cohort 1)


The Long -Term Plan and People Plan within the NHS has called for the integration of Primary Care and the evolution of Primary Care Networks, bringing practices of several disciplines together to provide proactive, personalised and coordinated healthcare solutions to the communities they serve. Add into this the current challenges of operating within a COVID environment, the need to develop the leadership capabilities of those within the PCN is crucial.


The aims of the programme are to develop leadership capacity and capability across primary care to support the development of primary care networks, the coproduction of health and well-being with people and communities and the service transformation described in the NHS Long-Term Plan. The programme is designed to provide delegates with insight and vision into ‘what is possible’ and how to release underlying potential within themselves and their network, to improve and enhance on ‘what already happens’ within their PCN’s.

Programme Structure:

Throughout the programme delegates will be encouraged to learn and work collaboratively, sharing ideas, insights, and experiences and developing a sense of unity and understanding amongst colleagues. Due to the current delivery restrictions this Programme will be delivered virtually. Delegates will attend five virtual workshops, each workshop lasting 2.5hrs, and designed to build on the learning and application from the previous one. Prior to attending a virtual workshop, delegates may be asked to complete some pre-course work. This is designed to stretch and broaden the delegates knowledge and skills plus provide them with tasks and activities to support the application of learning back in the workplace.

The programme will be supported via our Digital Learning Portal, which delegates will be given access to prior to beginning of the programme. Any pre-module work will be found there as well as a series of videocasts designed to support the key learning messages which underpin each module. These videos will be drip fed into the programme as delegates progress.

Module One: Leading Self

This module is the foundation module of the programme. All too often it is overlooked, but the ability to apply core leadership principles of Emotional Intelligence and responsibility adoption remain fundamental to good practice. Within the Covid-19 environment this module has increased in importance as the key elements are designed to improve resilience, provide the delegates with stress coping mechanisms and improve overall wellbeing.

  • Introduction to the practical application of emotional intelligence
  • strategies in the workplace
  • Supporting leaders in handling stress in the COVID-19 world
  • Attitude versus skills
  • Managing state including the role of “response-ability’.
  • Directing the personal mental camera

Module Two: Leadership & Culture

Unique to Votive Leadership is the effective followership concept. All leaders have a followership role to play and ultimately, they are there to create the right environment to allow effective followership traits to develop in others. This new and fresh approach to delivering a systems approach to leadership and culture fits perfectly with the People Plan and achieving the integration aims of the Long-Term Plan.

  • Introduction to Systems Thinking approach to problem solving
  • Understanding the concept of Effective Followership
  • The role of a ‘servant leader’
  • Developing a High Performing Team
  • Working together

Module Three: Managing Change

A leader’s job is to deliver change. The Long-Term Plan and People Plan will require leaders to manage and handle change effectively. For change to be lasting the change needs to be made at the thinking level. At this level there will be a series of interferences and preconceptions which cloud the change agenda. A Practitioner needs to have the tools and versatility to be able to cut through these and create new visions. This module looks at the psychology behind change and provide the delegates with practical tools to deliver change.

  • The importance of changing at the ‘thinking’ level
  • Change strategies
  • Strategic thinking
  • Reframing the Comfort Zone

Module Four: Improving Personal Communications

Improving our ability to handle conversations, especially those of a critical nature is vital. This module will focus on a series of skills-based techniques that communicators use to exert greater degrees of influence. Delegates will learn how to make conversations safe and how to improve their personal presence when communicating. We will also explore the effect of personality and help delegates design and develop their own Relationship Map.

  • Handling critical conversations
  • Improving influence and presence
  • Managing conflict
  • Relationship Mapping

Module Five: Coaching for Leaders

A leader’s role is to get the job done, but it is also to release the potential in others. This is best achieved if the Practitioner is able to use coaching techniques, develop the use of powerful questions and use a more ‘pull’ style approach in their dealings with others. By doing this they will be able to raise awareness in others and create the all important ownership that comes with true learning. The techniques we introduce will complement the delivery of the People Plan perfectly.

  • Using powerful questions
  • Importance of listening
  • Using the P-I=P formula in coaching
  • Push vs Pull
  • Skill Will Matrix

Dates and Times

14.00 – 16.30

Webinar One – 25th January 2021

Webinar Two – 8th February 2021

Webinar Three – 22nd February 2021

Webinar Four – 8th March 2021

Webinar Five – 22nd March 2021

Is there a cost to participates in the Programme?

No, the Programme is fully funded by the NHS England & NHS Improvement.

Do we need to attend the 5 days of the Programme?

Yes, but there are occasions where we accept apologies, for example for not attending due to unforeseen/unexpected important events.

Who can attend the webinar?

Anyone who works in Midlands primary care.

How can I register an interest in the programme?

Deadline to register for a place on the programme is 12th January 2021

Programme places will be confirmed by 17th January 2021

Please note:

Places are limited to 18 and we expect to be oversubscribed. Applications will be considered on a first-come first-served basis. Places will be allocated equally across the Midlands.

Questions about this event?

Organiser : Phillip Masuwa

Email: midlands@leadershipacademy.nhs.uk

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