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In Dorset, NHS providers, commissioners, local authorities and third sector organisation’s are all working together, at a time of intense financial pressure, to re-design our local health and care services for the benefit of our communities.

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In Dorset’s Integrated Care System, we need clinical and managerial leaders to consider how they shift from operating in a formally competitive system to a more collaborative one.

This programme aims to develop leaders from across the Our Dorset ICS with protected space to develop the skills and behaviours associated with a collaborative style of leadership, alongside driving complex STP change projects.

The programme will be delivered by Practive Ltd, a leadership development consultancy specialising in the practice of leadership.

Programme aims

Who this programme is for

Applicants are likely to be Heads of Service with an interest in developing their skills in leading across boundaries – between organisations, places or sectors. System Leadership development is particulalrly helpful when:

  • You are dealing with large and seemingly intractable problems
  • You need to juggle multiple uncertainties
  • No one person or organisation can find or implement the solution on their own
  • You need to involve as many peoples energies, ideas, talents and expertise as possible

How it’s delivered

It uses a blended learning approach of practical tools and techniques, application, reflection and evaluation, developing new perspectives and skills as well as sharing experience and solving problems together.

What does the course involve?

The programme

 Benefits of attending

  • Gain knowledge of models and frameworks that support a more collaborative style of leadership
  • Practice & develop strategies to help overcome the real system challenges in a safe environment
  • Gain an understanding of different Organisational perspectives from other participants
  • Have the opportunity to participate in a local network and action learning set with other NHS and social care leaders from across the Dorset system.

Programme Content 

Module One:
Two day development centre identifying and exploring your system leader impact.

Module Two:
Systems Thinking – leading in complexity.

Module Three:
Influencing in the context of collaborative relationships.

Action Learning Sets:
To review, reflect and refine practice.

Module Four:
High stake conversations across organisations.

Module Five:
Leading complex change across boundaries and polarities, and leading for population health.

Sign up for the next cohort

We have two more courses planned at the Our Dorset Development Hub. The first cohort starts in November 2019, the second starts in February 2020. Both will take place at Our Dorset Development Hub.

Cohort 1 

  • Day 1 – 6 November 2019       9.00 – 17.00
  • Day 2 – 3 December 2019       9.00 – 17.00
  • Day 3 – 23 January 2020         9.00 – 17.00

Cohort 2 

  • Day 1 – 12 February 2020     9.00 – 17.00
  • Day 2 – 11 March 2020          9.00 – 17.00
  • Day 3 – 21 April 2020             9.00 – 17.00

Process for applying

Before completing the application form you should have a conversation with your line manager to gain support and ensure suitability for the programme.

Applications should also be supported by your organisations Leadership Development/OD Leads, so please speak with them before completing the application form.

The completed application forms should go back to your Leadership/OD leads who will submit these on your behalf. There are only two places per cohort per organisation and therefore your organisation will prioritise applications and let you know which cohort you have been given a place on.

Please ensure you state which cohorts you would be able to attend.

Download the application form here
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The Our Dorset Development Hub opened in April 2019. We have a beautiful space in West Moors to host health and social care meetings as well as development sessions for staff across Dorset.

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