Primary Care Leadership Collaborative Programme

Welcome to the Primary Care Leadership Collaborative Programme (PCLC). We hope this opportunity supports you to develop and achieve your objectives both as individuals and as a team.

We have developed this programme for many reasons. Apart from a long held belief that not enough has been done to support leadership development for all professions in primary care, the service transformation heralded by the GP Forward View and the Long Term Plan requires brave choices and actions.

Past beliefs that a changing context may require some reorganisation but largely managed through the same team working differently – usually harder – just will not match up to the scale of the challenges facing general practice and primary care. We recognise that even with a significant cash injection radical change to working practices and services must occur.

Strategic Transformation Partnerships (STP’s/ICS), training hubs and the developing Primary Care Networks (PCN’S) are addressing these challenges and have the opportunity to work collaboratively to improve the health and wellbeing of their local communities, reducing health inequalities and working with all sectors across the local system.

This is your programme. We want you to have the space and time to reflect, plan and act. I know that the facilitators and all our contributors are keen to do all they can to support you; so make the most of this opportunity. We hope you will be stimulated by and will enjoy the programme – if not, let us know, so we can change things.

Above all – thank you for standing up to face current challenges, doing really important work in difficult circumstances on a daily basis. You embody the spirit and values of the NHS and will continue to be deservedly admired and respected by the whole country.

Dr. Vijay Nayar

GP Dean at Health Education England. GP in Bedford, Visiting Professor at Cranfield University and Member of the faculty of the Harvard Macy Institute for their Leading Innovations in Health Care and Education course.

To support, develop and improve leadership capacity and capability in primary care, ultimately improving patient care
This is not intended to be the definitive leadership development programme for primary care but a process to encourage networking, project work and greater interest and involvement in leadership amongst a multi-professional group. It is expected that those who complete this programme might then go on to undertake more formal leadership training, through the NHS Leadership Academy, HEI courses or other NHS resources.
Key concepts are: self-management, team work, coaching, project management, organisational and change management and improvement methodologies.

To support, develop and improve leadership capacity and capability in primary care, ultimately improving patient care.
To build confidence and resilience amongst the disciplines in primary care.
To enhance retention and career development across the disciplines.
To help participants understand the wider NHS and societal context.
To enhance cooperation across primary care, providing a safe space to test leadership behaviours.
To carry out all of the above by focussing on process rather than outcome.