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Leadership programme going from strength to strength

The Frimley Health and Care 20/20 Leadership Programme, launched in 2017, has already seen 100 leaders including GPs, consultants, nurses, allied health professional, social workers, managers as well as other people from other parts of the public sector like the Police and Army, join forces at a series of residential and day events.

It is a collaborative, cross-organisational/boundary/locality programme with diverse seniority that is non-hierarchical.

Already, work from the leaders has led to a raft of improvements & innovations, including:

  • the redesign of the low risk chest pain pathway for Frimley Park and Wexham Park hospitals to improve care
  • the delivery of frailty education across the whole Integrated Care System
  • the development of a website for families with children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)/Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) symptoms
  • piloting improved access to primary care for people with additional communication needs and expand to others
  • the introduction of the Red Bag across the whole system
  • the implementation of Thames Hospice EMIS Web Project with an approximate cost saving of £20k/annum

Fiona Edwards, Lead of Frimley Health and Care Integrated Care System, said: “Already we’ve seen how a collaborative effort of discovery, curiosity, innovation and commitment to a change challenge has reinvigorated professionals to see their potential roles in improving health outcomes.

"Being able to show what this change means for patients is the most important step and already we can see care improved, better educated professionals and new technology emerging from the leadership programme. But we’re also nurturing, inspiring and developing the NHS’ future leaders, many of whom will be part of this programme now.”

Feedback from some of the participants includes:

  • "The programme had given me more confidence to move forward ideas that will hopefully make a difference to users of local health and care services in the future."
  • "The best thing about 2020 is that it has been a rare and wonderful opportunity to meet and relate to people across organisations and specialties."

The success of the 20/20 model, and that of models in four other systems nationally, in equipping individuals with the right skills and a collaborative approach across health, social care and third sector organisations, has led NHS England to fund a £2million programme to help 23 areas across England kick-start or boost leadership development activities.

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