Our NHS executive and senior leaders are role models in enabling the wellbeing and resilience of our workforce. Being seen as a resilient leader inspires others to keep going. However, it is often forgotten that our most senior leaders are still human beings and need support themselves. In fact, the culture in our system makes it difficult for leaders to engage in the support they need — it needs to support and allow these conversations to occur. It is vital that our most senior leaders remain well and resilient, so that they can pass this resilience and wellbeing on to others.
This is why we have created this suite of supportive offers and resources. They are designed to support you to remain a resilient leader, continue to thrive in your role, and set cultures that value the importance of health and wellbeing.
Leadership Stories and Reflections
Hear from our colleagues and peers around their own personal reflections of the importance of looking after your own wellbeing and how to spot where you might need some support. A selection will be posted here from our Leadership Viewpoints collection.
Having worked in healthcare since 1990, including national roles at the Department of Health, director for both the Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit in the Cabinet Office and 2 years as CEO of NHS Confederation, Rob is now CEO of South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. As well as leading the Trust, Rob is leading the work of the West Yorkshire and Harrogate integrated care system (ICS). Rob is defined by a values based approach to leadership. He has a history of effective partnership working and a strong commitment to system leadership. Rob reflects on the weight of being a senior leader in the NHS, what is important for him and how he looks after his own wellbeing and that of those around him.
Senior Leaders blogs and reflections
Read new blogs and reflections from senior leaders, including contributions from
- Amanda Pritchard, Chief Operating Officer, NHS England and Improvement
- Jacqueline Davies, Director of Leadership and Lifelong Learning
- Ruth May, Chief Nursing Officer NHS England and NHS Improvement
Who are these offers for?
The offers are open to all executive leaders across health and care in England.
Non-urgent advice: Featured offers
Racial justice series
Please join us for the third event of the Racial Justice Seminar Series – Leading for racially just futures: confronting the remnants of historical myths and monsters.
This event will be with the award-winning David Adetayo Olusoga OBE. David is a Bristol based British historian, film-maker, writer and broadcaster who has recently interviewed former US President Barak Obama. During the session we will invite executives to explore the importance of gaining critical insights from past and recent history. These insights will challenge, inform and introduce new perspectives on race, that have the power to challenge and change leadership mindsets and practise to deliver racial justice.
Who is this for: Health and Care Senior Leaders (ICS Leaders, CEOs, Executive Directors, Chairs, NEDs or equivalent)
Date and time: 25th March 10am – 11.30am
One-to-one psychological support
Delivered in partnership through the Association of Clinical Psychologists, you will have access to sessions with a Clinical Pyschologists with training and expertise in evidence based psychological support for a range of difficulties. These sessions offer a confidential, expert ear and informed strategies to support you through these challenging times.
Mentoring from the Centre for Army Leadership
Navigating leadership challenges can often benefit from reflecting with an experienced mentor. The Army for Centre Leadership mentoring offer will support you in finding real-time solutions to you move forward and find positive ways to stay resilient and overcome immediate challenges.
Common rooms for Chairs
Following the success of our Common rooms for CEOs. We are now also offering these informal sessions for Chairs.
The Common Rooms are short (90 minute) online network meetings for a maximum of 15 participants. Each confidential meeting provides an opportunity to connect with colleagues, to make sense of and compare experience, to refresh and focus on whatever feels important in a context of mutual support.
• 5th March 9am – 10.30
• 9th March 4 – 5.30pm
• 18th March 4 – 5.30pm
• 22nd March 4.30pm to 6pm
If you are a Chair, please register your interest in joining one of the upcoming common room sessions by clicking the link below
Virtual action learning sets provide a safe, secure and confidential space, through which individuals and collectives can explore the complexities of current leadership challenges and determine new and innovative ways forward.
You can choose to join a virtual action learning set through three routes:
• Regional and system focus
• National Level
• Equality, Diversity and Inclusion focus
You can also keep up to date with the latest offers by following @NHSLeadership and @people_nhs on Twitter
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