Leadership for improvement

The Improvement Foundation works with public service leaders at every level helping and supporting them to develop the knowledge and skills that will equip them to drive forward the improvement agenda and in doing so will make a real difference to service users and local communities.

A range of leadership for improvement programmes delivered at local, national and international level are available. Designed and delivered by experienced and highly skilled facilitators and coaches, the Improvement Foundation works in close partnership with a range of experts to ensure our programmes are of the highest quality and meet the development needs of leaders at every level and stage of their career.


The National Programme on Leadership For Clinical Service Improvement 2009/10

Applications are invited to join the 2009/10 national programme on Leadership for Clinical Service Improvement, chaired by Dr David Colin-Thome OBE, the Department of Health's National Clinical Director for Primary Care, Medical Adviser for the Commissioning and System Management Directorate and the Clinical Lead for the 18-week programme.

This programme is aimed at clinicians, including GPs and other primary and secondary care medical practitioners, dentists, prison healthcare and armed forces clinicians, pharmacists, nurses, midwives, health visitors, physiotherapists, occupational health services, dieticians, radiographers and others. Clinical service managers, including practice managers, from both public and independent sector are invited to join the programme.

"To be good leaders clinicians need to be ‘transparently accountable' to patients, the public, their NHS funders. Our work with our managers as with our patients should be as a meeting of two experts. There never was a better time for this programme."

Dr David Colin Thomé OBE, Programme Chair and National Clinical Director for Primary Care.

Applications are invited to join the programme commencing in Spring 2009. Please click here for further information and the online application form. The closing date for applications has been extended until Friday 3 April 2009.

The National Programme on Leading Improvement For Health And Well-Being 2009/10 

Applications are currently being taken to join this new high profile national programme on Leading Improvement for Health and Well-being. This one-year programme is aimed at a cohort of no more than 70 senior leaders at CEO, Director, Assistant Director and Head of Service level from a wide range of sectors including health, local government, voluntary and third sector.

The important new programme is designed and delivered by the Improvement Foundation working in partnership with Professor David Hunter, Durham University and is supported by the Local Government Association through its Improvement and Development Agency (I&DeA). The Beech Consultancy provides accredited coaching support to participants throughout the programme.

"Effective public health leaders for a range of organisations need to be passionate advocates for health and wellbeing, and to be able to work across boundaries in meaningful and sustainable partnerships that deliver health outcomes. This programme is therefore both timely and essential."

Professor David Hunter, Programme Chair, Professor of Health Policy and Management at Durham University and Chair, United Kingdom Public Health Association (UKPHA).

The programme complements the National Public Health Leadership Programme (NPHLP) commissioned by the Department of Health, by taking senior health and well-being improvement leaders further on their leadership journey of partnership working. The main focus of this programme is on developing partnerships and whole system working for the benefit of local communities.

The National Leading Improvement for Health and Well-being Programme 2009/10 will commence in April 2009. Click here for further details and the online application form. The closing date for applications is Friday 27 February 2009.

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Delivering Locally Commissioned ‘Leadership For Improvement' Programmes

The Improvement Foundation works with local, national and international public service commissioners and providers to support the development of leadership capacity and skills.

Please contact us to discuss your personal and organisational bespoke leadership development requirements.


Existing Programme: Leadership For Quality Improvement 2008/09

The Improvement Foundation's national 12-month Leadership for Quality Improvement Programme (LQuIP) is aimed at developing the leadership skills and confidence of frontline professionals and managers to enable them to drive forward improvement work in their organisations.

The 2008/09 course is offered to a range of public sector professionals, recognising the benefits participants get from cross-sector working. Participants can choose to undertake a University accredited post-graduate certificate if they wish. The latest course started in March 2008. Click here for further details of the latest LQuIP.


HSJ 2008/9 Top 100 Employing Healthcare Organisations

To complement our leadership work we are also sponsoring the leadership category of the HSJ's 2008/9 Top 100 Employing Healthcare Organisations.

Based on surveys of public and independent sector employers and employees conducted by Ipsos MORI, the awards will identify the best overall employer, as well as in particular categories such as best organisation leadership. Results will be available towards the end of 2008 and the winners celebrated at a special awards lunch in early 2009.

For further information, see www.healthcare100.co.uk



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