The conference was opened by Steve McManus, who welcomed attendees, and talked about his experience as Chief Executive giving his ‘views from the front line’ of the NHS.
Carol Thatcher, programme lead and Practice Development Nurse at the Royal Berkshire Hospital, then gave a presentation on developing, encouraging and inspiring our Clinical Leaders.
Former CLP students also presented on their experiences, giving the current cohort insight into work they had done on quality improvement projects, patient shadowing, and views on ‘Me as Leader’. The morning session was then closed by Julian Emms, Chief Executive of Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, with a presentation about the Long Term NHS Plan.
The afternoon focussed on workshops, to provide the students with practical and engaging sessions encompassing topics such as coaching, behaviours framework leadership challenges, leadership mind-sets for leading diverse teams and recruitment and retention.
The conference provided the opportunity to celebrate and share what outstanding leadership means for our patients, carers and healthcare teams. Some of the clinical leaders who have successfully completed the programme shared the positive impact their learning, development and quality improvement projects have had on them, their teams, their patients and their organisation. They shared powerful stories of how they have embraced their leadership development opportunities and applied their learning in their clinical areas to improve the quality of patient care.
They were able to show how cultural change and continual improvement comes from our leaders through their encouragement , compassion and modelling of the right behaviours
The presentation from Steve McManus also provided some thought provoking ideas, of how in the current environment, it is not just their own organisation that leaders must be committed to serving, but in a modern day health and care system, as leaders, we must all look to ensure we take into account the wider community and all the needs and complexities that brings.
Another substantial benefit of the conference, was that it enabled all participants, both former and current students, to connect, network and strengthen relationships to promote collaborative working across our organisations , Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust, Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and Thames Valley and Wessex Leadership Academy.