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Workshops, masterclasses and seminars

Workshops, masterclasses and seminars

Ideas to drive your leadership practice


The 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. A year later the pandemic continues to hold countries worldwide in its grip. We are now confronted with the long-term nature of this situation and with recovery and reset; for many this is a tiring, demotivating prospect. 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. Short thought pieces will be written following each

Non-urgent advice: Next Masterclass

The Covid memory : learning and creating new behavioural patterns, Friday 21st May 2021, 10am – 12pm (welcome from 9.45am) 

As we emerge from the pandemic and return to some version of normal, leaders across the health system are facing the challenge of thinking and doing differently in order to restart business as usual without recreating the past. Balancing competing operational pressures with the need to process the experience and capture the lessons of the last year is a huge leadership challenge, and one we cannot afford to get wrong. In this Masterclass we will explore the impact of continuous cycles of change on teams and consider models of change and transition that can support you in leading through these times. 

Register for masterclass using the booking link below


New perspectives – thought leadership from The King’s Fund

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

As a lead into 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, we have a new thought piece also titled “Decision making in difficult times

Chief Executive Development Network events  

Provider Collaboratives: New Ways of Working with Sir David Dalton  

26th May – Sir David Dalton (9:30 –12:00)  

The recent updated Policy Paper issued by the Department of Health & Social Care (11th February 2021) was titled: “Integration and innovation:  working together to improve health and social care for all”.  

Come and explore what this might mean with Sir David Dalton, a serving NHS Chief Executive for 25 years.  Sir David has led the development of new Local Care Organisations, comprising integrated care services (hospital, community, primary and social care) across four localities, with the triple aim of improved population health outcomes, better user experience and reduced costs.  

Please note this session is open to CEOs and Chairs only.  

Action for Change Seminar Series 

You may be working with catalytic speakers on an important theme for senior leaders in health and care to form facilitated community of practice meetings regularly, to act and learn together. 

Designed to catalyse collective action for Executive Leaders on current health and care priorities, the offer comprises an expert seminar series which have been supported by half-day action learning sets which will meet three times over six months to translate ideas into practice.  

These events are open to CEO/AO, Executive Directors, Chairs, NEDs/Lay members and equivalent level leaders across ICSs.  

Action for Change Series – Continuing the theme of: The Politics of Leading Integration  

27 May, 4.15 pm – 5.30 pm  

  • Three NHS Chief Executives:  
    • Cara Charles-Barks, Chief Executive, Royal United Hospital Bath NHS Trust,  
    • Stacey Hunter, Chief Executive, Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust  
    • Kevin McNamara, Chief Executive, Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust  

See Action for Change for further details of both events above.


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.

Racial Justice Series

The seminar series supports you as an executive leader to gain a deeper critical understanding about how to practically progress the work of inclusion through the lens of racial justice —  developing courage and confidence for leadership effectiveness in this complex area of practice. You will learn how to create cultures and systems where equity and justice are the foundation stones of decision making, benefitting staff and the populations that we serve.

The seminars take place live online with internationally renowned thought leaders in this space, beginning with a Racial Justice series in response to the global movement of Black Lives Matter and the disproportionate impacts of COVID-19 on BAME communities. The focus will be on translating theory into leadership practice.

There will also be themed Action Learning Sets following each seminar with continuously updated online resources including recordings available on the website. 

Recordings of the recent events in this series will be made available below

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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.