Leadership programme helping shape future of the NHS


Date: 18th Sep 2017

Buckinghamshire New University is behind a nine-month course in effective leadership for staff at Milton Keynes University Hospital.

The programme, led by The Bucks Consulting Group, part of Buckinghamshire New University, is in its second year and has welcomed its latest cohort of 16 students, who are mainly based at Milton Keynes University Hospital.

The LEAP (Leaders Engaging In Action Programme) course aims to build effective teams, manage processes and achieve change, and gain commitment from workers, and is working with staff with leadership potential in clinical, nursing, operations and administrative areas.

Helen Cope, Senior Lecturer on the programme, said: "The programme is about developing practical skills and competencies to enable staff to build solutions.

"The focus is on applied leadership - where evidence is developed of leaders engaging in action with their teams to develop improvements to services in the Trust.

"It's a real pleasure to work with totally committed groups and in an environment where we are making a tangible contribution each and every time.

"Our work complements similar programmes in leadership, service improvement and communications across several NHS Trusts.

"Together, they have given Bucks New University, via Bucks Consulting Group, a serious presence in this field."

Karen Camm, Associate Director of Education and Organisational Development at Milton Keynes University Hospital (MKUH), said Bucks New University and MKUH designed the programme to enable leaders at all levels to develop leadership skills in every-day work situations.

She said: "The programme is a modular format over nine months and delegates come from a mixture of multi-disciplinary roles, both clinical and professional support services at all levels in the organisation.

“The learning outcomes include the ability to effectively lead change, resolve conflict, set vision and motivate and inspire teams.

“The first cohort’s leadership skills and confidence have grown and developed well. Cohort two has just commenced and we are recruiting for cohort three which will begin in 2018.

“Bucks New University provide high-quality leadership skills development programmes, tailored to our organisation’s needs, and we have been very encouraged with the feedback and evaluation that we have received from the delegates.”

Picture caption: Lecturers and students on the second LEAP (Leaders Engaging In Action Programme) course,


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