Leadership Development

LEEP (Leading through Education for Excellent Patient Care)

Great healthcare needs great leaders. The role of NHS professionals as leaders, within the context of the future multi-disciplinary team, has never been more important.

LEEP is a cross-disciplinary and multi-professional programme which aims to promote leadership development and collaborative working across the healthcare system. It has been developed by Health Education England to be delivered over the course of 4 half-day interactive webinars, and it is FREE to all NHS staff at St George’s Hospital.

To book onto the LEEP course, please follow this link: https://forms.gle/8D6MgsdVvT6Zmdfx6

For more information about LEEP, please look at the FAQs below.

Contact us at LEEP@stgeorges.nhs.uk

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What is the aim of LEEP?

The main aim of the LEEP programme is to improve patient care and the workplace by empowering multi-professionals to have the leadership skills required for 21st Century NHS care.

Who is LEEP for?

It is designed for all NHS staff at any stage of their career, to develop leadership behaviours and build on experiences, to develop high quality care in the NHS. The principles are universal and diversity within the sessions enhances the learning process. It is FREE for all NHS staff at St George’s Hospital.

How is LEEP delivered at St George’s Hospital?

LEEP is designed to be delivered virtually via MS teams as an interactive webinar.

How do I book onto LEEP?

Please use the booking form, accessed by this link: https://forms.gle/8D6MgsdVvT6Zmdfx6

How does LEEP work?

LEEP consists of 4 half-day sessions that provide a leadership journey from styles of leadership, to managing a team and leading through change. There is some theory and concepts, but the main learning is undertaken through sharing experiences, reflection and performing a quality improvement project between modules 3 and 4 so that you can apply the principles from modules 1-3 to a project to drive positive change.

Learners are expected to register and start a local quality improvement project during the course.

What does module 1 cover?

LEEP 1 covers leadership values, reflection on our own style, the differences between a leader and manager and the culture and behaviours of compassionate and collaborative leadership.

Intended learning outcomes – by the end of this session, learners will be able to:

  1. Become familiar with different leadership concepts
  2. Gain an understanding of values, culture and system-wide innovation in leadership to support the delivery of 21st Century healthcare
  3. Develop and identify their leadership style
  4. Describe the difference between leadership and management

What does module 2 cover?

LEEP 2 reflects on working in teams. It covers the principles of effective teams, personality types, including working to our strengths, and creating a safe environment (psychological safety).

Intended learning outcomes – by the end of this session, learners will be able to:

Build on the leadership styles learning from module one to understand how they work within a team. Recognise the facets of what makes a ‘successful’ team.

Gain an understanding on how ‘teaming’ works.

Describe the difference between trust and psychological safety.

Gain an insight into human factors and how this affects teams.

What does module 3 cover?

LEEP 3 provides the tools and techniques for delegates to deliver their own Quality Improvement Project (QUIP). It includes the difference between audit and QUIP, and critique by stepping back.

Intended learning outcomes – by the end of the session, learners will be able to:

  1. Understand the differences of Audit Vs QUIP Vs Research
  2. Understand the principles of QI and the importance of why (the purpose)
  3. Complete a force field analysis, where the postive/negative forces to the current status quo are reviewed and quantified – opportunities where the forces can be altered to provide a favourable outcome are identified
  4. Understand the principles of change management to make a positive difference
  5. Undertake a step back approach on QI projects: where the project is described, look at the barriers and resources required and how the outcome will be evaluated

What does module 4 cover?

LEEP 4 should be undertaken after/during participation in a QI project, as it looks at our experience and approaches to dealing with the complexity of change and ‘wicked’ issues using systems leadership.

Intended learning outcomes – by the end of this sessions, learners should be able to:

  1. Explore values, culture and system-wide innovation in leadership design and delivery of 21st Century healthcare
  2. Understand when a situation is simplex (composed of a single element) or complex, how to manage complex situations and the steps to avoid chaos
  3. Understand the principles of systems leadership – learn to roll with resistance and find ways to enable change by looking at building relationships with the community, having insight into a complex system and using collaborative leadership skills
  4. Understand the key behaviours that lead to change in system leadership

My trust has other leadership programmes. Can I also go to LEEP?

Yes. Many leadership courses are written for specific professional groups and senior staff. The LEEP course is suitable for all health professionals and staff, no matter what their grade, as the course has been written to allow all learners to share their experiences of leadership and the values are universal to the NHS culture we would want for staff and patients.

If you are attending other leadership training, LEEP is an excellent programme to augment this, as it focuses on reflection and discussion, and can help solidify knowledge gained on other courses.

What projects can be done prior to LEEP 4?

Most quality improvement projects would be suitable – the aim is to apply the concepts from LEEP to a tangible real life scenario. Remember to register your project via the audit/quality improvement department as this ensures that the trust has oversight and that your hard work is recognised!

Can I teach on LEEP?

Yes! We are keen to develop the LEEP faculty at St George’s. Most faculty start by leading a breakout activity before feeling comfortable to deliver the course themselves. There are opportunities to teach locally and regionally.

What will happen if I rotate out of the trust part way through the course?

As the course is delivered virtually, you should be able to continue with your original trust. LEEP is pan-London so you should also be able to link into the LEEP programme at your new trust or centrally at Health Education England.

Who will issue certificates of completion?

Certificates will be issued by the PGME department at St George’s after completion of the module and feedback form.