The Health Services Journal recently published their Top Chief Executives list for 2019, an annual ranking of the pre-eminent leaders of NHS trusts. Healthskills is delighted to congratulate the outstanding leaders of the following trusts, all of which we have worked with previously or currently: Michael Wilson at Surrey and Sussex Healthcare Trust; Rob Webster at South West Yorkshire Partnership FT; Nick Hulme at East Suffolk and North Essex FT; Alwen Williams at Barts Health Trust; Tracy Bullock at Mid Cheshire Hospitals FT; Nick Carver at East and North Herts Trust; Garrett Emmerson at London Ambulance Service Trust; Andrew Ridley at Central London Community Healthcare Trust; Roland Sinker at Cambridge University Hospitals FT; Lesley Watts at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital FT and Owen Williams at Calderdale and Huddersfield FT. Well done to all!
Had a great night at the HSJ Partnership Awards, with our peers and partners, celebrating effective partnerships with the NHS to improve patients’ lives through innovation and exceptional dedication to top quality service. We are so proud to have been shortlisted with Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust for the Best Educational Programme for the NHS award.
Well done to Sussex MSK Partnership (Central), Here (Care Unbound) and Sussex Community FT – a worthy winner with a great, patient centred-project.
What a great start to 2019! We are absolutely thrilled to be shortlisted with Chelsea & Westminster Hospital FT (CWFT) in the ‘Best Educational Programme for the NHS’ 2019 HSJ Partnership Awards for the Leadership Development programme we delivered during 2018.
In partnership with the Learning and Development team at CWFT, the Executive team and focus groups, we designed an ‘Established Leaders Development Programme’ for strategic leaders including senior clinicians.
The Trust initially commissioned 3 cohorts of up to 20 leaders and following the success of the programme, cohorts 8 and 9 will commence in 2019.
We are thrilled that the achievements and hard work of the delivery teams and the participants have been recognised. Well done to all involved.
In the NHS’s 70th year, we are thrilled to see that two of our Healthskills NHS clients have been recognised in the 2019 New Year’s Honours list, for their tremendous work. Paul Woodrow, Director of Operations at London Ambulance Service has been awarded the OBE for his leading role in coordinating the emergency responses for victims of the London Bridge terror attack and the Grenfell fire. Margaret Kitching, chief nurse for the North Region, NHS England was awarded the MBE for services to nursing. Healthskills sends our warmest regard to both.
We are delighted to congratulate Lesley Watts, Chief Executive at Chelsea and Westminster FT on her 2018 HSJ Award as Chief Executive of the Year. The awards judgement said that “Lesley showed truly outstanding, engaging and sensitive leadership of the trust and her work with partner organisations to deliver improved performance and patient outcomes.” Lesley has been a really visible and proactive sponsor of the Healthskills leadership development programme at the Trust, where we have been successfully working with over 100 leaders since 2016. We would also like to congratulate Newham CCG on their award for Community or Primary Care Services Redesign. Healthskills has been a partner with Newham CCG since 2016, supporting talent management and succession planning with development centres, skills training and leadership programmes. We greatly value our collaboration with both organisations and look forward to continued success in the months ahead.
Chelsea and Westminster NHS Hospital NHS Foundation Trust are implementing a new Performance and Development Review (PDR) process. The Trust has developed a clear policy and Healthskills were invited to shape a development day to focus on the new approach and to enable managers to ‘re-energise’ their engagement with staff. Aligning and motivating the workforce to deliver business objectives within the challenging context of the NHS is important work. Valuing the workforce in the fast pace targeted acute environment can be forgotten unless we pay attention to ‘ourselves and relationships’.
Healthskills worked in collaboration with the senior OD staff at the Trust to provide an engaging day to develop the confidence and capabilities of more than 500 managers to undertake the PDR. We aimed to support managers to understand the process but more importantly focus their energies on the individual staff member and their work within teams and the organisation. Clarity of performance expectations and delivery but also to creatively consider how development opportunities could be explored and targeted.
Our day explored how managers could refresh and develop their skills; communicating well, giving and receiving feedback, and in summary exploring how good coaching skills can help shift cultures. We created a safe and fun learning environment with a range of approaches supported by clear theoretical models. The outcomes of our work was well received:
‘Excellent standard of teaching; pitched at correct level and information well delivered’
‘Session was well run and both were engaging and interacted well with the group’
‘Training on understanding my role really helps to enable me to work efficiently’
‘Made me think of about of departmental and team goals and how this may impact on employees PDRs’
The initial outcomes of our work are positive. We hope we have left managers with ‘growth’ mindsets to begin to shift how they work as individuals and in teams at the Trust. The Trust have begun a positive journey as a result of the passion and commitment of senior OD staff at the Trust, the collaborative approach with Healthskills and the commitment from managers to change. The work in the Trust is ongoing.
Healthskills has just launched a new multi-disciplinary training programme to support staff in the delivery of the Local Care Network (LCN) Coordination Care Pathway at Lambeth and Southwark CCGs. 120 local leaders will be undertaking a series of learning modules, action learning sets, simulations and reflective practice over the next six months to improve their confidence, skills and knowledge at implementing coordinated care. Over the last 18 months, Lambeth and Southwark LCNs have worked together to co-design and deliver this new approach to place based care coordination for adults with multiple long-term conditions. We are really looking forward to this ground-breaking and progressive partnership over the coming months.