Organisational Development and Leadership programme - June 2019

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As the first national pilot site, work on the NHS Leadership Academy High Potential Scheme (HPS) is progressing at a pace within Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent. Following a review of our programme of work in early June by the National Leadership Academy’s technical partner, it was agreed to amend our timelines and revise the launch date to the end of July.

Various engagement and marketing activities have taken place since the last STP update in April and we will be sharing a video and other materials on our new HPS page on Together We’re Better’s website -

The scheme will have two entry points; with applicants selecting which development stream they wish to apply for during the application process, based on their level of leadership experience.

Development Stream One is for leaders moving towards managing a range of teams.  Leaders at this level could also have strong technical expertise.

Development Stream Two is for leaders moving towards leadership of a whole function or service. Roles are likely to be leading part of a complex system, a smaller discrete system, service or complex programme area.

Development Stream 2 graduates will be ready to access the Aspiring Chief Executive Programme and regional talent pool.

HPS is a two-year bespoke development programme. According to the experience, skills, competencies and knowledge that are required, participants will plan their own development, in conjunction with an assigned careers coach to enable them to perform successfully at the next level and progress into more senior roles at a faster pace.

The scheme is not a traditional classroom-based programme; rather it is challenging, practical and stretching, immersing participants in real time projects and exposing them to complexity within our system. The main emphasis of the development activity will be on learning through experience via opportunities like on-the-job projects and stretch assignments.

The scheme is open to all NHS-funded middle level leaders (Agenda for Change bands 8a-d, or equivalent in other pay structures, clinical or non-clinical), based within the Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent STP. Applicants must be interested in progressing their career to senior executive leadership roles; e.g. board or governing body level and demonstrate high potential. Diversity and inclusion are at the heart of HPS, reflecting the richness and diversity of the NHS workforce, therefore applications from staff groups under-represented at senior level are particularly welcome.

The scheme will be evaluated from day one, and action research will be undertaken during testing to enable us to develop the best solution for the national roll-out of the scheme where we expect circa 2,000 participants at full maturity.

Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) Conference and Stepping Up Alumni event

We were delighted to hold the first Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent BAME Conference and Stepping Up Alumni event this month at the Bridge Centre in Stoke-on-Trent. Colleagues came together to celebrate the Stepping Up graduates, plus educate staff and students on personal journeys that current staff have taken.

Each of our brilliant Stepping Up graduates explained the journey they took to where they are now. The conference was about celebrating diversity, but also about addressing deep societal and systemic issues that mean that not all of our NHS colleagues enjoy the same experiences and opportunities as others. The key theme for the #Accelertorevent was personal journeys.

Speakers included:

  • Patrick Nyarumbu, Director of Nursing with North Midlands, NHS England, who gave a presentation on ‘career reflections and insights’
  • Owen Chinembiri, Senior Analytical Manager, Workforce Race Equality (WRES) Team, NHS England
  • Mueid Kaleem, Stoke Pharmacist and known from the ITV show School for Stammerers; Mueid spoke about his journey and leadership qualities
  • Dr Helen Waite, from Lancaster University, who talked about ‘understanding how and why change is experienced across the course of an individual’s career’
  • Gaynor Walker, Equality and Health Inequalities Coordinator at NHS England and NHS Improvement, who spoke about ‘how can we contribute? Changing the environment of the organisation’
  • Dr Buki Adeyemo, Executive Medical Director with North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust, who took us on her personal journey.

The event ended with three focused group discussions:

  • “Why I’m no longer talking to white people about race” by Reni Eddo-Lodge
  • Educational storytelling exercise and group discussion, referencing the book “Small Great Things” by Jodi Picoult
  • Stepping Up graduates and senior leaders - what has changed, what hasn’t changed and what further help is needed?

The Staffordshire Stepping Up Programme has been hugely successful, with scores of existing and aspiring leaders from the BAME community having taken part and developed their skills.