Development activities

HSMC has a proven track record of providing developmental activities and programmes for commissioners, providers, managers and clinical leaders. This can range from development days providing overviews and insights regarding key issues  regarding the implementation of a new policy or the design of a new service to more formal development programmes (either accredited or non-accredited) that seek to improve the skills and knowledge of a cohort of leaders, managers or clinicians. 

We are able to work with other faculties within Birmingham University in order to access complementary expertise, including the Business School, Institute of Local Government Studies and the Medical School. We also deliver programmes with trusted partners such as Manchester Business School.

HSMC System Leadership Programme

Commissioned by Health Education West Midlands the Systems Leadership Pilot programme is one of a suite of HEWM leadership programmes delivered by HSMC for health and social care leaders in the region. Systems leadership – the application of systems thinking to wicked problems – is a challenge to traditional paradigms of heroic organisational leadership. Confidence and resilience are needed to accommodate the lengthy and often unpredictable timelines over which improvements are delivered. Systems leaders need to be highly skilled in holding the tension between different perspectives in the wider system; they must develop new mind-sets and approaches to leading change, learn to share power, risk and information and build coalitions of purpose around the needs of communities rather than organisations.

The programme brings together teams of senior leaders from organisations working on a shared challenge in their local care system, enabling them to develop their individual and team-based systems leadership capability to deliver their collective improvement ambition. 

The programme comprises 4 whole day workshops, incorporating dialogue with experienced system leaders, experiential learning sessions, discussion of frameworks and models, and applied learning groups, interspersed with coaching and opportunities to share experience and learning in the workplace. A shared system challenge is the pivot around which all the programme elements are centred. Working with team sponsors, we ensure that teams are supported to take the learning back into the system to ensure spread and sustainability of improvement plans. The programme is delivered by HSMC faculty in partnership with AQuA, the healthcare quality and improvement alliance and runs from February to September 2016.

You might also be interested in: 

  • Systems Leadership for Chief Executives – a series of five half day masterclasses combining experiential learning, contributions from expert speakers and applied theory to individual system leadership challenges
  • Systems Leadership for OD Leads – this one day workshop invites practitioners with a responsibility for, or an interest in, OD to explore the importance of systems leadership for OD in organisations and in whole healthcare systems.

Integrated Care Development Programme

Jointly commissioned by the NHS and Local Authorities, the Integrated Care Development Programme (ICDP) brought together teams of senior clinicians, managers and commissioners to develop their individual and collective ability to achieve integration in practice. Focused around a local integrated care priority, the ICDP provided a range of learning opportunities including presentations and challenge sessions alongside more traditional classroom teaching and discussion. It had three principle aims - Increased staff competency in the kind of collaborative commissioning and delivery required for the future; Strong partnerships across acute, primary care and community health and adult social care/children’s services staff ; and efficiency savings through local teams   developing high quality evidence-based business and implementation plans for priorities related to integrated care in each participating area. The ICDP was delivered by a team composed on HSMC staff and associates.

“Our team have used their learning and closer working relationships to demonstrate to the rest of the organisation how we can better lead and so deliver integrated working” Paula Furness, Director of Integration, Staffordshire Partnership Trust

“The programme was hugely beneficial to the development of a closer working relationship with my health colleagues, it not only enabled us to develop an integrated business case, but gave us the space and time to develop as a team as well as providing excellent individual learning and development opportunities.” Julie Hackett, Commissioning Officer

For more details of the impact of the ICDP please see:

Miller, R, Combes, G, Brown, H and Harwood, A (2014), Interprofessional workplace learning: a catalyst for strategic change? Journal of Interprofessional Care, published online 15 January 2014.

West Midlands Aspiring Directors Programme

This programme has been run in partnership with Manchester Business School since 2006, and takes 50 healthcare leaders through a developmental journey which includes - experiential learning; facilitated learning sets and an organisational consultancy project for the participants- working outside of their organisations and the NHS.Here is a selection of comments from participants:

"A really very useful and highly stimulating exercise which I thoroughly enjoyed despite being well outside of my comfort zone. Would recommend to anyone."

"One of the best learning experiences I have ever had on such a concentrated period of time. Unforgettable."

"Probably the best learning opportunity I have had had as a manager. Really enjoyable yet very challenging. I will remember it forever."

CCG Mental Health Leadership Development Programme

Commissioned by NHS England, this Programme has been designed specifically for GP leads in CCGs who would like to develop their leadership potential in commissioning of mental health services. The programme is accredited by the RCGP and is open to GPs working West and East Midlands, and East of England. Participants completing the programme will return to their organisations and demonstrable skills to meet and develop commissioning objectives effectively. The main aim is to empower GP commissioners with the knowledge, skills and leadership to commission innovative and effective mental health services that provide a positive, personalised experience for service users and carers and achieve value for money. The key features of this programme are:

  • A flexible, adult learning approach in which participants are both supported and challenged in relation to their learning and personal development.
  • A continual focus on participants' responsibilities as CCG mental health leads, capitalising on the development of a learning community to explore this role, the challenges and potential solutions drawing on live examples of commissioning and evidence-based practice.
  • Four key principles will be developed throughout the programme - Valuing People, Values Based Commissioning, Values Based Leadership and Valuing Partners - in order to place service users' views at the heart of commissioning and delivering services.
  • A life stage approach to considering how these principles can be realised through the strategic and clinical leadership role of GP mental health commissioning leads.
  • Direct engagement of clinical and other experts including experts by experience (service users and carers) throughout the programme to develop specialist knowledge of the physical and mental health needs of service users, evidence-base underpinning best practice, the current health and social care policy context and innovative approaches to commissioning cycle.
  • Use of direct and virtual contact opportunities to develop connections and a sustainable network between participants and across cohorts.

The programme involves blend of face to face, distance and online opportunities for development using individual and group approaches to learning. It started in October 2014 and runs over 9 days until March 2015. Recruitment to a subsequent programme is now taking place, and if you are interested, please contact Evelina Balandyte,