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Leading Together

Leading Together Celebrating Success mural

“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 Programmean 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:

  • Leading Together Programme logodeveloping knowledge and understanding of the benefits of working collaboratively
  • sharing expertise and experiences to support learning
  • building collaborative networks
  • learning to appreciate different perspectives.
Leading Together award winners 2017

The Leading Together Programme was a finalist in the Leading for Service Improvement and Innovation category of the NHS Leadership Recognition Awards 2017. Pictured left-right are: back row – Sian Rees, Oxford AHSN, Douglas Findlay and Raj Arora, lay partners, Paul Durrands, Oxford AHSN; front row – Julia Hamer-Hunt, lay partner, Mildred Foster, Oxford AHSN, Sally-Jane Davidge, lay partner.

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 different venues across southern England, from Crawley in the east to Bristol in the west, see below.

  • High Wycombe Feb/Mar/Apr
  • Oxford Mar/Apr/May
  • Bristol Apr/May/Jun
  • Crawley June/July/Sep
  • Aylesbury June/July/Sep
  • Reading July/Sep/Oct

The participants work in pairs – one professional with one lay partner – to co-produce solutions to current challenges. The projects – including this one – are helping to develop sustainable relationships and people able to advocate for and implement co-production more widely and create culture change for person-centred care.

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.

An independent evaluation is due to be published in 2017.

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 The Performance Coach.

Further information:   Read more in this case study

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