NHS Senior Leadership Onboarding and Support

Induction programmes, development & collaboration platforms

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As well as your local induction there are opportunities to attend national induction days. Some of these will be offered by NHS Improvement and NHS England and others from organisations such as NHS Employers, for example. Induction events are a great way to meet your peers, network and engage with key senior leaders from across different parts of the system and discuss challenges and opportunities in a safe space.

In addition, listed below are platforms for collaboration and sharing where you might find special interest groups relating to your work or function. Do contact your regional professional lead for a full list of opportunities in your region.

CEOs, Chairs, Accountable Officers, Clinical Chairs, ICS and STP Leads national onboarding event (within the first six months of taking up one of these posts). NHS England and NHS Improvement have designed this day to complement local inductions. Running two or three times a year, the day includes opportunities to discuss challenges and approaches, policy and direction with NHS England / NHS Improvement Board members and network with peers and system partners. Your regional office will identify you as starting in a new role and you will receive an invite,

Executive Director Induction: NHS Providers offer Executive Director Induction and other board development

Further development

NHS Development Exchange. In terms of your further development, this is a tool currently in development by the NHS Leadership Academy, it will allow you to search for development and improvement opportunities that best fit your needs, whether individual, team, organisation or system based. These searchable development interventions have been assessed against a set of quality standards, aligned to our NHS strategic outcomes.

You can contact your NHS Local Leadership Academy or the National Leadership Academy for further development offers.

Below are some other programmes which may be of interest to you.

NHS Providers offer a range of Board Development days – covering various topics including Risk Management, for example.

NHS Providers Aspiring Chief Executive programme – the aspiring chief executive programme is a collaboration between NHS Improvement, NHS Providers and the NHS Leadership Academy. These organisations have designed a programme for those at director level who aspire to lead at chief executive level in an NHS accountable role, ensuring they have the right skills, attitudes and behaviours to build a better NHS. 

Civil Service College course Being an effective Non-Executive Director

NHS Non-Executive Director programme by PWC

Civil Service College course on Policy Implementation: Delivering Results

National Leadership Centre programme – the Leadership Programme is for senior leaders from across all public services to come together for a challenging, supportive and stretching 12 month development programme.

The King’s Fund course on ‘Building your authority – Influencing beyond your role’

The King’s Fund course on ‘Building collaborative leadership across health and care organisations

Civil Service College course: Public Accountability for new Accounting Officers

Civil Service College course: ‘Cultivating Essential Board Behaviours’

Collaboration Platforms

There a number of membership platforms supporting collaboration across health and social care. Some have member profiles to enable new and wider collaboration:

NHS Networks supports innovation and improvement in health and care, and the role of networks in promoting learning and change. To provide a common space in which leaders, clinicians, managers and support staff and their partners beyond the NHS can explore ideas, pool experience, solve problems and share information.

FutureNHS is an online community open to anyone working in or for health and social care, with an active member base from many local, regional and national organisations. It offers a safe and secure space to share work and connect with others.

CHAIN – Contact, Help, Advice and Information Network. CHAIN is open to anyone working in health and social care who is willing to share experience and aspirations, and being prepared to respond to other members’ questions is the only criteria for joining CHAIN.

Source4networks is committed to curating and sharing the most comprehensive and best knowledge around network leadership in health, social care and charity sectors. It shares the latest academic research and reflects current practice through practical case studies. 

Fab NHS Stuff – an online resource that enables and facilitates the sharing of innovative ideas and best practice from across the NHS. It includes over 3000 examples of ‘stuff’ – improvement approaches that have improved patient experience, safety and care.

AQuA Knowledge Xchange is an online platform with resources including publications, toolkits, videos, case studies and documents around the following themes; analytics & business intelligence, communications & engagement, improvement, leadership, person centred care, safety, systems working and workforce wellbeing. The platform is regularly updated with relevant resources that are free to access.