Leadership Development

Leadership Development

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The Gloucestershire Primary Care Training Hub and Gloucestershire ICB are pleased to be working in partnership with the South West Leadership academy to support GPs and Primary Care Leaders from other professions on a Leading Effectively in Primary Care Networks programme. 

Additional information on the course can be found here

Applications are to be made directly via the South West Leadership Academy here

Leading Effectively in Primary Care Networks

The NHS Long Term Plan requires significant change from Primary Care leaders and members if its ambitions are to be realised. This means a major cultural shift in the ways organisations work to a systems leadership, cross organisational approach in order to realise the opportunities for health and well -being benefits for a wider population. The recent experiences across the NHS as it responded to Covid 19 have led to a new approach to this pilot.

Key Objectives

  • The programme should respond to each individual’s development needs, recognising different starting points & different challenges. It should encourage longer term development beyond the initial programme.
  • The programme should support and encourage individuals to lead and work effectively and confidently in a changing, often complex and ambiguous environment whilst managing operational pressures.
  • The programme should maximise the opportunities for both virtual and face to face development

Programme content

The programme content will be flexible to adapt to each individual’s needs and may cover some of the following:

Personal Leadership Skills

Influencing & negotiating skills and approaches; handling courageous conversations; managing conflict; developing resilience; problem solving tools and approaches

Organisational Leadership Skills

Effective collaboration across organisational boundaries; developing dialogue & relationship building skills; addressing the challenges of working in virtual teams; use of individual & team organisational power; leading change through key relationship management

Example Schedule (Cohort 1)

Individual Coaching – Virtual

Each delegate will have one virtual 1-1 diagnostic and skills building coaching session. This will last up to 1.5 hours. Virtual sessions will take place on one of the following dates and will be confirmed with your facilitator as soon as the place is secured. 

Tuesday 15 September
Thursday 17 September
Tuesday 22 September
Thursday 24 September
Tuesday 20 October
Thursday 22 October

Action Learning Set Leadership Skills Development – Virtual

Each delegate will have two virtual Action Learning Sets, the set will consist of a maximum four people lasting up to 2 hours. Virtual sessions will take place on one of the following dates and will be confirmed with your facilitator as soon as the place is secured. 

Wednesday 21 October
Wednesday 4 November
Thursday 5 November
Tuesday 10 November
Wednesday 11 November
Thursday 12 November

Whole Group Networking and Development – Face to Face

Each delegate will participate in one plenary session. This will be a half-day session, starting with lunch. We aim to run this session during Spring 2021.

Programme Facilitator

The programme will be led by Maggie Melling, Director EDi

Maggie is a management consultant with over thirty year’s experience specialising in personal, team and organisation development. Working across the private and public sectors at senior levels, her consultancy work has involved:

  • 1-1 & team coaching across the private and public sectors at Board and Executive level
  • Coaching senior teams across all sectors dealing with conflict resolution and challenging behaviours
  • Leadership skills development for NHS clinicians and senior managers
  • Designing and leading leadership development programmes for large organisations in the NHS, the Audit Commission, the retailing and engineering sectors
  • Designing and delivering leadership development programmes for a leading financial services firm
  • Designing and delivering senior leadership development events for an international oil company
  • Facilitating national and local conferences to consult with patients, carers and clinical professionals on major systems changes for NHS & HTA

Maggie was a non-executive director of an Acute Hospital Trust in Gloucestershire for six years, and is co-author, with Rennie Fritchie, of the BBC management book: “The Business of Assertiveness”. Maggie has been a director of EDi, an innovative management consultancy based in Gloucestershire, since 1997.


EDi will provide hard & soft copies of all relevant materials and will also provide each delegate with a copy of “That’s not how we do it here” by John Kotter for reading between programme modules.

How to apply

Places are limited, but to obtain a place on this programme, you will need to complete a simple application form via the link below.

Please ensure you complete the application fully. There is no fee to attend, however by confirming your place, you will be signing up to a cancellation charge of £150 for non-attendance or cancellation of your place.

Click here to Apply

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