Systems Leadership

Traditional solutions to the complex issues facing our health and social care organisations have focused on delivering interventions, often in isolation from other parts of the system. For some time, clinicians, managers, patients and policy makers have seen the limitations of focussing on single organisational performance and regulation and have begun to build and experiment with ideas, plans and mechanisms to build joined-up integrated health and social care systems. This work has been further supported by the vision described in the Five Year Forward View (2014), The Care Act (2014), and the GP Forward View (2016). This groundswell of opinion and policy direction demands that organisations and individuals work together across patient pathways and within new models and frameworks of care that are no longer linear and boundaried. Furthermore, they demand a more inclusive approach and full engagement with patients, communities, citizens and staff to truly create a far more equal relationship between those who need services and those who provide them.

It should not be underestimated how huge the challenge of integrated health and social care is, nor the opportunities that it brings. Through the development and implementation of Sustainability and Transformation Plans, local systems will be driven towards more collaborative, diverse, inclusive, outcome-focused approaches, whilst maintaining quality, compassion, financial balance and effective individual performance. Such is the nature of the transformation ahead of us; it is naive to believe that any one organisation will achieve it without the help and support of others and achieving such ambitions will demand a different kind of leadership than that established and required to run single organisations.

Click here for the Leadership Academy in the South East STP ASSET STOCKTAKE 2019. This stocktake has taken place via a series of telephone interviews with key players in each of the STPs across the TVW/KSS patch. It is intended to provide a summary of the excellent work  that is underway in the people & organisational development arena in order that others may be sighted on this and good practice and learning spread more widely. It is not intended to provide the reader with the full detail of each project, more, key information and follow up contact details so individuals can explore more as desired.

Click here to view the Developing Systems Leadership brochure that describes a way of understanding ‘Systems Leadership’. It aims to be the starting point of a conversation between those charged with bringing the Five Year Forward View (FYFV) into reality via the implementation of the Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs) and the Leadership Development Partners (LDPs) of the NHS Leadership Academy who can support developing the capacity and capability of leaders needing to work across organisational boundaries in a complex and ever-changing environment.