The ‘Leading Clinicians Through Change’ workshop

“How do you get so many people doing things you tell them? It’s about the narrative – tell a story that connects with why they’re here.” These words from Prof Sarah-Jane Marsh, hospital CEO and chair of the NHS England Maternity Transformation Programme, were the inspiration for a successful workshop for Northamptonshire clinical staff about the role of leadership in driving improvements to local services.

Building on outcomes from a previous event in December, the ‘Leading Clinicians through Change’ workshop took place in Kettering at the beginning of August. It brought together a diverse staff group including nurses, allied health professionals, mental health clinicians, social workers and pharmacists to discuss the latest developments in local health and care and how clinicians can support with the delivery of NHCP’s priorities.

Keynote speakers included both Dr Robert Varnam and Thomas Kearney from NHS England/ Improvement alongside Dr David Smart (Leicester Terrace Surgery).

They led discussions on developing clinical leadership, understanding the capability and capacity of the AHP workforce and the importance of self-wellbeing and resilience.

The workshop, supported by East Midlands Leadership Academy funding, also happened to coincide with the start of the #WeActiveChallenge2019 promoting the benefits of keeping active – and resulted in Thomas Kearney leading delegates around the workshop to the sound of ‘Uptown Funk’!

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