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King’s Fund masterclasses

At the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic everyone rose to the challenge; in the health and care sector people did whatever it took to deliver services and save lives. Some six months later the pandemic continues to hold countries worldwide in its grip. We are now confronted with the long-term nature of this situation; for many this is a tiring, demotivating prospect. And we have no certainty of the coming months, no one has faced this situation before. Yet, more than ever, people are looking to senior leaders to guide them through, to provide direction and certainty when nothing is certain.

The King’s Fund are hosting a series of short, themed online masterclasses to support you in leading your organisations in these very particular circumstances. Their purpose is to give you the space to consider how best to:

  • Approach decision-making differently
  • Support teams through ongoing cycles of change and transition
  • Continue to engage with crucial issues such as diversity, inclusion and inequality and move forward on these crucial issues
  • Build in learning processes to enable your organisation to adjust dynamically in response to each new phase of the future.

The masterclasses will be led by two senior consultants of The King’s Fund faculty drawing on current research and theory.

Details of the next session will be published shortly

New perspectives – thought leadership from The Kings Fund

Following the masterclasses, The Kings Fund will write a short thought-piece on the issues arising from the conversations, supplemented with any informing theory.

As a lead in to the masterclasses, Sally Hulks Senior Consultant at the Kings Fund, has written a thought piece: “Leading in uncharted times: returning to a new business as usual

Following our first session “Decision making in difficult times” we have a new thought piece which can be accessed here

Creating good speaking up cultures

The NHS People Plan included a commitment to empowering all our NHS people to have a voice, as well as supporting leaders and managers to foster strong speaking up cultures. In this video series, our Director of Leadership & Lifelong Learning, Jacqueline Davies, chairs a panel discussion on how we can create these cultures, why they are so important and what role leaders must play.

Other curated thought leadership resources

Leadership challenges change over time and hearing different perspectives and seeing through different lenses mean that our leadership practice develops, taking account of wide and diverse views.

The materials here are curation of leadership thinking – starting with leading through COVID-19 – what it means for us as leaders now and how we will develop our practice in a world living with COVID-19.

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Non-urgent advice: We’d like your feedback

This collection of materials is under development. When you have visited the appropriate sections for you from the suite above we would be grateful if you would use the feedback form.