“What you’ve been doing here is the way to go: professionals and citizens working together to make health and wellbeing better. Just being in the room the patient or lay person changes the conversation.” Jeremy Taylor, Chief Executive, National Voices
“It was exhausting but worthwhile – never underestimate the power of a group to help you!” Veronica Corben, lay partner
“I had an idea to solve a problem around the mental wellbeing of some of our personnel. We have managed to do something that is making a difference to their lives and their wellbeing.” Steve Kilbey, Head of RAF Medical Services
“It’s fantastic!” Dr Nigel Acheson, Medical Director, NHS England South
Over 100 people have completed The Leading Together Programme – an innovative leadership development course for professionals and lay people. It offers an innovative approach to changing culture – bringing together patients, carers and the public with professionals to reflect and learn from each other. The programme covers:
- developing knowledge and understanding of the benefits of working collaboratively
- sharing expertise and experiences to support learning
- building collaborative networks
- learning to appreciate different perspectives.
The programme consists of three one-day workshops, spread over three months, for equal numbers of lay people and professionals from the same geographical area. In 2016 these took place at six venues across southern England – Crawley, High Wycombe Aylesbury, Reading, Oxford and Bristol.
The participants work in pairs – one professional with one lay partner – on solutions to current challenges. One example is this project to produce localised health bulletins.
Many of the Leading Together 2016 ‘graduates’ came together in November 2016 to celebrate their success and share what they have learned (see mural above). Speakers included Jeremy Taylor, Chief Executive, National Voices, and Dr Nigel Acheson, Medical Director, NHS England South.
Two further courses are planned in 2017 focusing on learning disability and ‘training the trainers’.
The organisations behind Leading Together are the Oxford Academic Health Science Network, NHS England South and the NHS Thames Valley and Wessex Leadership Academy. The Leading Together programme is run by TPC Leadership.