Leading for care integration – the big collaboration

The East of England NHS Leadership Academy partnered with the six integrated care systems (ICSs) in the East of England and Eastern AHSN to support the embedding of collaborative, compassionate and inclusive leadership within developing ICSs at the big collaboration during September and October 2021.

This event brought together more than 800 health and care staff from across the region over three separate days to explore collective innovation, enabling high performing integrated teams with systems as well as the leadership skills and behaviours health and care leaders will need for the successful integration of public sector, social care and third sector.

Delegates were able to pick from a packed agenda of 10 workshops on topics including embracing diversity, career development, compassionate leadership, public and patient involvement, innovative leadership, the role of AI to restore care and 10 ‘glimpses of brilliance’ sessions where each of the ICS in the region presented examples of best practice to enable the sharing of their successes and practical learnings.

The plenary sessions also gave delegates the opportunity to hear from national thought leaders about integrated care:

  • Dr Bola Owolabi, Director, Health Inequalities at NHS England talked about the key role ICSs need to play in addressing health inequalities.
  • Sir Muir Gray outlined the challenges of what he calls the “third revolution in healthcare”, with services being built around patient groups, multi-morbidities and value-based care.
  • Nicky Moffat CBE, drew upon her long career in the military and her vast leadership experience to talk about leading through uncertain times and how we need to identify the things that matter, collaborate beyond boundaries and all can be agents of change.

On the second day of Leading for care integration we were joined by several senior leaders from across the East of England to discuss the opportunities resulting from better integration of health and care services.

Piers Ricketts, Chief Executive of Eastern AHSN, said:

“Integrated care systems will require health and care leaders to increase the scale of the collaborations and partnerships in which they are already working, greatly increasing the role played by innovation and technology.”

Jacky Dixon, Systems Leadership Development Senior Manager for Leadership and Lifelong Learning (East of England) at NHS England, said:

Collaboration and leadership aren’t just for senior management. We need to involve health and care professionals at all levels and give them the right skills, culture and tools to work with the community to deliver the care they need.”

Take a look at the video below of senior leaders discussing Integrated Care System development:

Below are slides from the Big Collaboration workshops:

As well as these workshops, several of our integrated care systems also gave us glimpses at some of their innovative practice. Slides from these sessions can be found below:

Should you have any queries please contact Jacky Dixon, Systems Leadership Development Senior Manager at [email protected]