NHS supports leadership in Primary Care
- Published on Monday, 15 October 2012 11:38
- Posted by Vicki Mitchem
This week, leading GPs and managers from primary care embarked on a journey to develop their knowledge of improvement and change leadership. The NHS Institute's commissioning and primary care teams are collaborating to run a four-month programme of training and action learning.
The programme is aimed at supporting leaders in clinical commissioning groups, general practice and PCTs. It will help participants apply proven tools and techniques to the challenge of leading successful and sustainable improvement in the local NHS.
The first 30-strong cohort began the programme with two days of intensive workshops and group learning at the NHS Institute. One participant commented "my head's really full of ideas, and I'm actually looking forward to going back and trying this stuff out".
Dr Robert Varnam, Clinical Lead for the programme, said:
This was a significant first step in the NHS Institute's new programme to help build leadership and improvement capacity in primary care. Primary care is at the forefront of shaping the new NHS landscape, and clinicians and managers face a significant challenge engaging colleagues, improving integration and leading sustainable and successful change.
It's a real privilege to be working with such an enthusiastic and innovative group of clinicians and managers to help launch a new wave of primary care improvement.
The programme incorporates reflection, training and project work, supported by action learning sets and expert coaching. It covers issues such as understanding the performance of people and systems, creating and communicating strategy, testing and implementing change, and reducing waste.
Throughout, there is a dual focus on leading systems and leading people. The NHS Institute's Primary Care Faculty are facilitating the four days of workshops.