General Practice Leadership Development Programme

This programme is designed to address the challenges of today and tomorrow in general practice.

Tuesday 14 and Wednesday 15 January 2020

The course focuses on the following:

  • How do leaders in general practice ensure their practice is sustainable, and ready to succeed in a fast-changing NHS?
  • What options do practices have, and what benefits can ‘at scale’ organisations bring?
  • What are the pros and cons of federations, super-partnerships and limited companies?
  • How does general practice influence the emerging integrated providers that are being developed through the STP programmes?

Transforming general practice will require good leadership. This programme aims to help you understand how the NHS is changing, how to plan for the future, and how to improve your own effectiveness.

This course is designed for GPs and practice managers who are planning for the future, or taking up leadership roles in GP partnerships, federations, local provider networks, or new integrated organisations.

Course outline

Day one: the organisation and system

Healthcare organisations are complex bodies working often in a complex environment.  Unhelpful power and political behaviours can emerge, whether through hierarchy, ambition or competitive personalities.

Today we will explore how this may be playing out locally.  Utilising power mapping and stakeholder mapping techniques we will explore the leadership challenges this presents, where the major influencers lie and how to work constructively with them.

  • Welcome and Introductions
  • The wider NHS landscape
  • The coming transformation
  • Governance, Board games and money matters
  • Communicating and engaging with colleagues

Course dinner: Keele Hall is an atmospheric venue and the Old Library is the perfect setting for an informal course dinner, where we will be joined by an experienced GP to continue our conversation.

Day two:  the individual

Leadership is about getting results with and through people…no people, no results!  Doctors are always trying to improve their service and success needs a sophisticated ability to persuade, negotiate, and influence well.  This interactive session will explore a range of techniques for improving effectiveness personally and collectively.

Includes an overview of the challenges facing leaders globally in the so-called VUCA world – volatile, uncertain, complex and uncertain.

  • Leadership and management in health
  • Improving personal effectiveness
  • Teamworking
  • Building a successful career
  • Summing up the two days


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Feedback from previous participants:

“One of the best courses I have attended. The key areas were engagement and interaction. It catered for all different learning styles. It was very practice orientated and I really enjoyed the analogy with stories and real events – very memorable. It enabled me to reflect on my own leadership style.”

“Very concise, relevant and sufficient course contents. Enjoyed a lot.”

“This course has given me the insight, reflection, depth and courage to be a dynamic, effective leader, both personally and professionally.”

“Relevant to my job and it has inspired me to approach things differently and take on new challenges.”

“Excellent course. Highlighted a lot of important issues for SAS doctors. Good learning opportunity.”

"Excellent course with lot of interactive sessions. Very good for networking, scenarios with good examples and very friendly faculty."

"Very interactive, Facilitators were really good, polite, kind and wanted to give away every thing they knew about the subject. thoroughly enjoyed."

"Very well structured programme, teaching was interesting as was the opportunity to work with colleagues in a number of ways."

"The course was based at the right level of doctors. It was highly interactive and informative. There was a social element and I have made new friends because of it."

"Excellent programme, will definitely recommend it to others."