Overview of Leading Sheffield
Leading Sheffield is a leadership development experience that offers some tools and techniques for adapting to and applying system leadership. Leading Sheffield gives the opportunity to work with colleagues from other organisations through addressing a specific challenge affecting the people in their community. These challenges develop relationships and agree ways of working across the partners of the HCP and other relevant organisations e.g. policing and education.
The aims of Leading Sheffield are to:
- Disrupt leadership thinking: facilitate the disruption in the thinking of Sheffield’s leaders to propagate and nurture different approaches to learning.
- Open up our doors and share the challenge: to ensure wider collaborative working, we need to get to know each other, understand the challenges we all face and appreciate the value that everyone brings.
- Empower leaders at all levels: to ’empower leaders at all levels’ we introduce a wide range of analytical tools and techniques to embed service improvement, staff engagement and operational design approaches.
The focus of Leading Sheffield is on how participants work with colleagues to explore how they can enact change in an ambiguous, complex, continually changing environment to Meet_Think_Lead together. Whilst this is challenging, it gives a great insight into working and influencing across a system.
Each Leading Sheffield cohort is split into Challenge Groups containing 8-10 participants from across Sheffield’s Health and Social Care System. The aims of the Challenge Groups are to:
- Develop system leadership capability through practical experience
- Raise shared awareness of the role and valuable contribution of all organisations involved in health and social care
- Develop relationships between different teams operating in the same geographical areas
- Create transformational change in working practices in neighbourhoods to impact positively on patient/service user experience
- Change behaviours and working practices and maximise all opportunities for preventing the prevalence of identified health conditions.
Each Challenge Group is specifically asked to identify a health challenge that is important to their Primary Care Network (PCN). Considering their chosen health challenge, participants are asked to address the following:
How will you, as a group, agree to work differently together, and influence others in the neighbourhood (or more widely) to work differently to:
- Improve patient/service user support, experience and outcomes
- Reduce the prevalence of this health condition in this PCN?
Each Challenge Group is allocated a Coach, who will work with all members to ensure that there is regular reflection around system leadership throughout the process.
Impact of Leading Sheffield
Click here to read about the impact of Leading Sheffield from previous participants.
Leading Sheffield Alumni – Tom Holdsworth
Leading Sheffield Cohort 2019 Alumni Tom Holdsworth, GP and Clinical Director for Townships 1 Network explaining: Why did you take part in the Leading Sheffield experience? How did you find it compared to a traditional leadership programme? What have you taken from the experience?