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Working at Scale: Strategic Skills Programme for PCN Managers 2022

Virtual via Zoom.

“This programme has stimulated and activated a lot of advice and learning, helping me to reframe my skills and abilities in the context of my current role.”

The Midlands Leadership Academy are delighted to announce this programme providing support and development for PCN (Primary Care Network) Managers with a focus on their personal skills of leadership and collaboration to ‘work at scale’.  It will consider the nature of the role and reflect on the rapid changes COVID has bought about to the way the PCN needs to work and move forward.  It is designed to equip PCN Managers with the tools, skills, strategies and networks to lead, manage and influence change.  It will consider how PCNs and the NHS Long Term Plan (LTP) will shape the way healthcare is delivered locally, regionally and nationally, and have a voice in the emerging Integrated Care Systems.

What is it? 

The purpose of the programme is for PCN Managers to have an opportunity to step away from their busy operational environment and spend time networking, sharing best practice and working ‘on their local healthcare environment’ rather than ‘operationally in it’.  It is not about how to be a PCN manager, rather how to develop the skills that will support you to be effective in the role and to enable you to connect with other PCN Managers and the ICS bodies to help build a regional support network.

Specifically, the programme aims are to:

  1. Provide delegates with a robust learning environment to develop ideas, strategies, skills and tools to drive their Primary Care Networks forward, as appropriate.
  2. Give delegates time and space away from the busy operation to help them shape, plan build and deliver change across the Midlands Region, and in their PCN.
  3. Work with others on common challenges within Primary Care, (e.g. Resourcing) and develop ways of working in collaboration, co-production, and joined up thinking.
  4. Develop and enhance leadership skills and strategic thinking, and how to engage others in change.
  5. Enhance and develop the delegates personal network of other PCN Managers as well as healthcare leaders and decision makers in Primary Care.
  6. Provide an opportunity for delegates to engage in the wider system

Attending the Programme

This programme will be delivered virtually using the Zoom platform and the focus will be on creating a learning environment that is engaging, interactive, informative, supportive, challenging and practical.

Throughout the programme delegates will be introduced to the latest thinking in the use of healthcare technology and broaden their understanding of the different perspectives of stakeholder groups, enabling them to make more informed decisions around working in collaboration with others.

During the programme delegates will have the opportunity to work in small groups on a change theme where they can apply their knowledge and skills in an improvement project.  Delegates will also have access to Aspire’s Digital Learning Hub, an on-line training platform designed to enhance the remote learning experience, and includes access to a range of management tools, programme handouts, videos, questionnaires, further reading material, virtual workshops, and personal learning activities (a range of pre and post workshop activities) to embed learning in a supportive and practical way.

The programme is led and facilitated by experienced tutors: Sally Turgoose and Alison Wheatly from Aspire Development, supported by Peter Tindall from NHSE/I, a subject matter expert in NHS strategy, change management and forward thinking. Throughout the programme delegates will have the opportunity to listen to and share ideas and experiences with several guest speakers and subject matter experts in healthcare.

Workshop overview and dates 

Session 1 Wednesday 26th January 2022: The Big Picture across the Midlands –  An opportunity to collectively get to grips with the priorities and challenges for primary care nationally and regionally across the Midlands. To identify areas of personal focus to move forward during the programme.

Session 2 Thursday 17th February 2022: Leading in Today’s Primary Care – To consider and develop the leadership skills required to work at scale for the benefit of patients and communities, whilst maintaining wellbeing and effectiveness of yourself and your team.

Session 3 Thursday 10th March 2022: Communicating and Influencing Strategies – To improve communications skills, understanding the concept of DISC as a tool to appreciate behaviours of self and others. To develop influencing strategies to use with stakeholders and decision makers.

Session 4 Wednesday 6th April 2022: Leading Change – To develop the skills needed to lead transformational change of people and process at scale. To gain insight into technological advances which are shaping future healthcare.

Session 5 Tuesday 26th April 2022: Working at Scale with Stakeholders – To understand who your stakeholders are and what they need from primary care. To recognise local and regional opportunities for collaboration and effective resourcing, with focus on the patient perspective and on health inequalities.

Session 6 Thursday 19th May 2022: Finale Event – An opportunity to share your experience, progress, reflect on your personal learning and plan “what next”.

All events will run on Zoom from 09:30 to 12:30. You must be available on all of the above dates. (We recommend that you hold the programme dates in your diary).

Is there a cost?

No, this training has been funded by Midlands Leadership Academy and is free for attendees.

Who can attend?

This programme is for PCN managers, practice managers and business managers. This master class will provide senior leaders with the insight to recognise and manage challenges within culture, ideals, values and practices.

Registration details:

Places are limited to 30 and we expect to be oversubscribed and applications will be considered on a first-come first-served basis. The places will be allocated equally across the Midlands. The closing date is the 3rd January 2022 and you will receive a confirmation of your place on the programme by the 10th January 2022. 

Special requirements:

If you have any special requirements with regards to accessibility, either before, during or after the event, then please don’t hesitate to contact us and we will do our best to assist. Please email us on [email protected]