Systems Leadership

Systems Leadership Development


Systems leadership is demonstrated when leaders are able to work beyond organisational boundaries on challenges of mutual concern that cannot be solved by any one person or institution. The system is no longer focused on operating as sole organisations and calls for a collaborative approach across a variety of new boundaries.

We recognise the complexity of these challenges and ask of leaders across health and care to embody future focused, inclusive leadership qualities. We are here to work with you in the ICS, ICP, PCNs and with place/alliance teams on the co-design and co-delivery of a range of leadership and organisation development interventions.  We will support you to build and develop your inclusive cross-sector system leadership capabilities and qualities, as system partners working beyond your own organisational boundaries, to help embed the legislative recommendations.  We are able to support ICS Board, Place and Provider Collaborative (ICP) development with a range of interventions to enable Executive leads to work collectively at pace to deliver the governance and infrastructure required to underpin the legislative change proposed.  We can assist with board diagnostic and development interventions relevant to local need.

The range of interventions available will support leaders operating in complex and challenging systems with their own personal development, relational capability, socio-political understanding and systematic thinking within the system by default framework. 

From April 2021 all parts of our health and care system are now working together as Integrated Care Systems (ICS), involving:

  • Stronger partnerships in local places between the NHS, local government and others with a more central role for primary care in providing joined-up care;
  • Provider organisations being asked to step forward in formal collaborative arrangements that allow them to operate at scale; and
  • Developing strategic commissioning through systems with a focus on population health outcomes;
  • The use of digital and data to drive system working, connect health and care providers, improve outcomes and put the citizen at the heart of their own care.

Many crucial features of strong system working, such as collaborative working arrangements, developing trust between partners, good leadership and effective ways of working is already being demonstrated by leaders across the East of England.  With proposed legislation changes systems will increasingly have an important role in developing multidisciplinary leadership and talent at all levels, valuing diversity and developing a workforce and leadership which is representative of the population it serves.

In response to local need we have developed a suite of priority offers.  To find out more about our programmes please click on the links in the menu bar to the right.

Helpful resources:  To find out more about System Leadership Development please have a look at our System Leadership Resources page.