Improvement Foundation announces 2009/10 Leadership for Improvement Programmes

The Improvement Foundation has opened recruitment for its 2009/10 leadership programmes for frontline leaders involved in improvement and reform. This year, to build on the success of the last four years, the Improvement Foundation is running two new leadership programmes.


Leadership for Clinical Service Improvement Programme (LCSIP)

• Closing date for online applications: Friday 3 April 2009
• Information and application form:

This one-year programme, commencing in Spring 2009, is fully supported by Dr David Colin-Thome OBE, National Clinical Director for Primary Care, who will act as Programme Chair.

The programme aims to provide frontline public and independent sector clinicians and service mangers with the skills needed to lead change and deliver quality improvement of clinical services within their local context, across all areas of the care delivery system.

Applications are welcome from GPs, acute hospital and other medical practitioners, nurses, dentists, pharmacists, practice managers, allied health professionals (from nursing/care homes, prison, mental health, armed forces etc) and clinical service managers from acute trusts, primary care and the independent sector. Managers and clinicians will learn together how to lead improvement of services for the benefit of patients and local communities.

This new programme for 2009/10 will be delivered by national and international experts in clinical care delivery systems, focussing on accountability and governance, effective commissioning, patient ‘choice' and other key issues, as well as, improvement methodologies and leadership skill development. Furthermore, a team of expert development coaches will provide programme participants with personal development support. Optional academic accreditation at Masters Post Graduate Certificate level through the University of Teesside is also included.


Leading Improvement for Health and Well-Being Programme (LIHWBP)

• Closing date for online applications: Friday 27 February 2009
• Information and application form:
• Programme runs from: April 2009 to February 2010

This exciting national leadership programme is aimed at those working to improve health and well-being and tackle inequalities through a partnership approach. The programme will give participants from a wide range of public health and well-being organisations an opportunity to focus on "World Class Commissioning", "Healthy Ambitions", "Vital Signs" and Local Area Agreements, "Place Shaping" and other national and local priorities and really make a difference for local communities.

This programme is designed and developed by the Improvement Foundation working in partnership with David Hunter, Professor of Health Policy and Management at Durham University, using an evidence-based framework for improvement leadership development. Other partners include The Beech Consultancy, the Local Government Association's Improvement and Development Agency (I&DeA) and the National Public Health Leadership Programme. In addition, the University of Teesside will provide optional academic accreditation at Masters Post Graduate Certificate level.

Applications are welcome from those working in a senior position as CEO, Director, Assistant Director or Head of Service influencing the delivery of improvement of health and well-being from all sectors including health (public health, primary care, acute, community and Foundation Trusts), local government (Adult and Children's services, housing, education), environmental health and health scrutiny committees, Health Protection and public health intelligence, prison services, mental health, pharmacy, allied health professionals, emergency services (Police, Fire and Rescue and Ambulance), voluntary and third sector. Individual applications will be considered, but it is suggested that multiagency teams of 3-4 people working on a shared agenda, such as Local Area Agreements or Local Community Safety Partnerships, apply to join the programme.


Dr Catherine Hannaway, National Lead for Leadership at the Improvement Foundation, said:

"Personal and organisational investment in developing leadership for improvement skills and strengthening partnership working is essential for delivering real and sustainable improvement across public services. The Improvement Foundation is proud that our past four national Leadership for Quality Improvement Programmes have given participants increased confidence and more effective leadership skills, which have in turn resulted in organisational and service improvement for patients, service users and communities."

Karen Brombley, Lead Nurse for Children with Complex Health Needs at Oxfordshire Primary Care Trust, said:

"Participating in the Improvement Foundation's national leadership programme has given me increased confidence and enabled me to speak and understand the language and currency of the NHS. Understanding my own strengths and weaknesses means I can be much more effective in the way I lead, create vision and delegate work. My new skills are helping me and my team with the development of ‘patient pathway commissioning', a relatively new way of designing care, which will bring benefits across the different teams and the organisations I work with and ultimately to patients."

Dr Safiy Karim, GP from Nottingham, said:

"As a new cluster lead, I have stewardship of £175,000,000 in an advisory capacity. I am expected to be visionary, managerial, strategic and inspire GP practices and primary care workers to make changes and take action. These are not skills taught at medical school or through GP training programmes. The Improvement Foundation Leadership programme has filled a learning gap which was greatly needed and has opened me to a whole raft of new ideas."

Sheila Glenn, Registered General Nurse and Associate Director of Organisational Improvement at NHS Norfolk, said:

"As for many of us working effectively with people to motivate and empower them is fundamental to my role. Learning to understand more about my own leadership behaviours and the impact these behaviours have upon others has helped me enormously to more effectively lead people through change rather than ‘doing it to them'. For me, the two best aspects of the Improvement Foundation's Leadership programme, have been access to excellent and motivational speakers and also the cross professional and cross organisational networking, leading to opportunities to creatively problem solve."


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