Yesterday (Wednesday 6th February) we held our annual stakeholder event, Impact, the purpose of the day was to focus on what impacts change in terms of great leadership. There were some fantastic speakers and workshops. We were unashamedly proud to showcase the many powerful stories we hear of individuals who’ve taken hold of opportunities to learn and develop.
Following a ‘Welcome’ from South West Leadership Academy Director, Christina Quinn, and Chair of the South West Leadership Academy, Ann James, we heard from third year graduate management trainees, Jack Henniker and Jodie-Ranae Schram who reflected on their experience of being trainees and what makes an inspirational leader. Jack recounted his proudest moments so far on the scheme. Jodie said that for her “Courage is contagious” and the best parenting advice she had received: ‘to be the person you would like your child to grow up to be’ can also apply in the workplace and to leadership. The morning session was rounded off with a panel Q&A session.
Workshops included ‘Aspire Together’ delivered by Ann James & John Monahan, Deputy Director at the South West Leadership Academy. It comprised an exploration of the vision and aspirations for the South West Regional Talent Board and participants had the opportunity to contribute to defining the principles for systematic Talent Management in the South West to ensure maximum impact. The workshop ‘Non Executive Directors in a system context’ was led by Jackie Pendleton, Chief Officer – NHS Kernow Clinical Commissioning Group and Jim Hanbury, Managing Director – Exeter Leadership Consulting Ltd focused on the Non-Executive role within a system. Participants’ views were sought on the development of a series of seminars aimed specifically at the NED community and that role within a system context.
Dawn Butler, Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust & Dr Felix Gradinger, Researcher in Residence (Integrated Care), Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust, Research Fellow University of Plymouth, University of Exeter Honorary Research Fellow talked about how integration and emerging ICS’s are being viewed as the way to deliver sustainable and transformational health and care services in their workshop entitled ‘Learning from Integration’. One of the original vanguard sites, Torbay and South Devon talked about the journey they had been on. It was an open, honest and frank debate about what has worked for the trust, what didn’t work that should have and some thoughts were shared on how their learning could help participants.
The workshop ‘A conversation with Michael West’ provided the opportunity to converse with Professor Michael West, Senior Fellow – King’s Fund and Professor of Organizational Psychology, Lancaster University Management School. Michael is one of the country’s leading academic thinkers and influencers who has made a difference through his work dedicated to compassionate and collaborative leadership and staff engagement. The conversation focused on what is really needed to transform health and care cultures and what role leadership development plays.
Tim Robson, Managing Director of NSU Media, an employee engagement agency and the author of ‘Showing Up: How to Make a Greater Impact at Work’ delivered the session ‘Celebrating Impact among our Frontline Leaders, the Power of storytelling’. It majored on how frontline engagement, storytelling and sharing best-practice drives better outcomes for frontline teams and their customers, alongside delivering on key organisational promises.
Following the workshops Stephen Hart, Managing Director of the National Leadership Academy, updated participants on GMTS, the Regional Talent boards and highlighted the link between ‘culture, performance and leadership’. Michael West then presented on ‘Compassionate and Collective Leadership for High Quality Care’, detailing how ‘creating positive emotion’ and ‘good team working’ and how Compassionate Leadership can stimulate ‘Innovation, learning and quality improvement’.
We were also really pleased to highlight some of the work we have undertaken to evaluate and research our work and impact. We were keen to hear from participants and created many opportunities to do that during the day and we were delighted to receive this feedback. Impact created the conditions for conversation, collaboration and partnership working, which pave the way for us to make a difference, together, alongside the policy thinking which will shape our future. The day was closed with a video of Anna Rossiter, Assistant General Manager for Theatre, Critical Care & Anaesthetics for North Bristol Hospital Trust and a recent Mary Seacole and LIFT programme graduate, entitled ‘Finding My Place’.
We would like to thank everyone who attended and contributed, which made the day such a success – thank you!