Our NHS People

Supporting senior leaders and board level post holders throughout the development and transition towards statutory Integrated Care Systems – Executive Suite Offers

Supporting senior leaders and board level post holders throughout the development and transition towards statutory Integrated Care Systems – Executive Suite Offers

People are our key asset and the continuous learning, development and nurturing of both existing and future talent is key to our success.

It is important that people fit the jobs that we will need to fill in the future and different people will be talented in different ways. It is essential that all our people are able to realise and apply their talent for the benefit of not only themselves, but also our collective organisations across Health and Social Care and who are committed to high quality, compassionate and inclusive care to patients and citizens.

Across our CCGs and ICS footprint our 1600 + board level leaders are colleagues who have led our organisations for many years and have achieved so much for patients and colleagues. It is crucial that where possible we retain our talented leaders and their experience and knowledge to ensure the future success of ICSs.

Irrespective of where an individual’s career focus rests, we are passionate and committed to fostering long term career stability despite a change in NHS landscape,  and providing support when it matters in a way that makes a difference for the person.                                        

Executive Suite

The Executive Suite – Our NHS People has a range of offers to support the thinking and wellbeing of senior and executive leaders, including those affected by this change. In addition to wellbeing offers such as 1:1 psychological support, there are blogs, development programmes and thought leading webinars to support you in refreshing and sustaining your leadership during this transition.

They are designed to support you to remain a resilient leader and continue to thrive in your current role whilst looking ahead to the next. 

Our development support includes

  1. Mentoring from the Centre for Army Leadership
  2. Access to career development resources
  3. 1:1 Psychological Support
  4. Drop-in common rooms specifically for AOs and CCG Governing Body Members
  5. Chief Executive Development Network – we are developing specific CCG/ICS reflective spaces for chairs and chief executives
  6. Virtual Actual Learning Sets
  7. Workshops, masterclasses, and seminars


Navigating the leadership challenges this transition will bring 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. You will be matched with an experienced army leadership mentor who will support you in finding real-time solutions.

We are also in the process of developing a peer to peer support offer for Chief Executives and Accountable Officers to be released in the coming months.

Career development portal

Aimed specifically at senior leaders in health and care, our online career development resource portal brings together written tutorials, videos, and tools to help support your career management, allowing you to reflect on your career, opportunities, and next steps.

This would support any talent and career conversations you may be having as part of this transition.

One-to-one psychological support

We recognise that some of our senior leaders may be experiencing anxiety, depression, or burnout for which they would value a brief psychological intervention. These sessions offer a confidential, expert ear and informed strategies to help with a wide range of issues. Clinical psychologists have training and expertise in evidence-based psychological support for a range of difficulties. They are skilled in recognising and supporting acute stress in the context of unusual demands, such as those experienced in hospital and service management. They can also help with problems and reactions such as anxiety, depression, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, burnout, and the demands of managing complex and dynamic situations. To view available offers for psychological and mentoring support, networks and communities, see  Support in difficult times – Our NHS People and  Connecting and developing – Our NHS People 

To register for one to one psychological support please use the following link

Common Rooms

Drop-in common rooms specifically for AOs and Governing Body members are designed to you during this transition. They will provide you with a 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. 

Chief Executive Development Network (CEDN)

The Chief executive development network – Our NHS People is a network of both established and new Chief Executives/Accountable Officers. Membership naturally changes over time, meaning that every conversation is as different as its participants.

  • CEDN content is member-led, meaning that our offers can be agile, responding to and grounded in Chief Executives/Accountable Officers’ changing realities
  • The Network offers both development and peer connection. Members tell us that they particularly value the opportunity to meet and interact with peers nationally rather than only regionally.
  • CEDN is open to both established and new Chief Executives/Accountable Officers. Experienced Chief Executives/Accountable Officers often mention how they value the opportunity to continue their development, as so much is new even for them as health and care move towards integration.
  • The Network actively welcomes and continues to provide dedicated transitions support for newly appointed, first time Chief Executives/Accountable Officers.

Our current development support offer includes:

  • Themed sessions with expert speakers leading to facilitated communities of practice
  • Facilitated, mutually informative and developmental conversations with senior colleagues at national level to build their network whilst informing national thinking.
  • Offers for specific members of the Chief Executive/Accountable Officer population such as ICS Chief Executives and separately CCG Accountable Officers
  • Topic specific offers such as ‘Getting Ready for the White Paper’, ‘Beyond the Fit and Proper Person Test’, ‘New Models of Care’ and Exploring the Chair and Chief Executive Relationship’
  • Developmental networking opportunities
  • Access to online Chief Executive/Accountable Officer resources
  • Drop-in Chief Executive/Accountable Officer common rooms
  • Transitions coaching for ‘new to role’ Chief Executives for up to two years
  • We are in the process of developing CCG/ICS reflective spaces for chairs and chief executives

Virtual Action Learning Sets

Virtual Action Learning Sets (VALS) 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.  Action learning is a form of action research. Virtual Action Learning Sets operate within a framework of ‘high challenge’ and ‘high support’, setting the context and conditions for sustained improvements in the experiences of both staff and the populations that we serve.  The VALS will enable you to focus on the real-world challenges of the upcoming changes and transitions with peers supported by an expert facilitator. Unlike brief virtual common rooms, they offer time out from the fast-moving challenges of leadership to focus on complex issues in depth, challenging ourselves to think differently and find better solutions. 

You would come together in half day sessions 4 times over an 8-month period, at times defined and agreed within your Action Learning Set. 

Events and seminars

Where possible recordings of the events that have taken place will be available on the Executive Suite

Action for Change Webinars

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

  • For “The Politics of Leading Integration” previous seminars have taken place with Jon Rouse, City Director, City of Stoke on Trent; Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester; and Raj Jain, Chief Executive of Northern Care Alliance NHS Group with Local Authority colleagues
  • Health Inequalities comprising seminars and three theme related facilitated action learning sets. In light of the clear impact of inequalities on the incidence and outcomes of Covid 19, on 3rd March 2021, Sir Michael Marmot, Professor of Epidemiology at University College London, Director of the UCL Institute of Health Equity ;a world-leading thinker on inequalities; talked about the radical leadership practice required to influence for health equalities.

To register to join a seminar please click on this link Join an AfC themed webinar – Our NHS People – please note from time to time, some seminars will only be open to Chief Executives/Accountable Officers and Chairs but many are open wider so please do check the Executive Suite website.

The Kings Fund Masterclasses

Following the success of the first series of Masterclasses run by The Kings Fund around leadership during the COVID 19 Pandemic, the second series of Masterclasses will focus on the impact of the upcoming changes and integration and what it might mean for you and your leadership. There will be a series of three short, themed online masterclasses to support you in leading your organisations in these very particular circumstances. 

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

Racial Justice Seminar Series

This 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.

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Signposted bite sized learning

Relevant and curated bite sized learning and resources related to current appropriate subjects and themes.