On a personal level, I have been working with Healthskills for 5 years since they helped me as a fledgling clinical director trying to understand what on earth was going on in CCGs and to start to have a positive influence and drive change within them. It was very helpful, so much so that it enabled me to feel confident enough to take over as chair after a year, when our first chair stepped down. Since then, Healthskills have provided excellent coaching as well as organisational development and other leadership interventions.
As a CCG we have used them to run our Leadership Programme and many of the cohorts – three courses so far – that have passed through this have taken up posts as clinical leads in our CCG in nursing and Doctor roles. They are also in lead and other roles in most of our GP federations. We notice, and they say, that the course has given them greater confidence and enabled them to sidestep some of the steep learning curve many of us feel as we start to take on leadership roles. We are determined to invest in our wider workforce and to develop future and current leaders to drive change across Lewisham and Healthskills have supported us to achieve this.