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Leadership initiative to tackle healthcare challenges in East Anglia

A programme to prepare NHS professionals for leadership has been launched in collaboration by The University of East Anglia (UEA) and Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (NNUH).

Working across Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (NNUH), James Paget University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust participants will be encouraged to form close networks to address the major healthcare challenges facing East Anglia. The primary focus will be on implementing change projects across their respective organisations.

Projects discussed include holistic care in mental health provision, cultural aspects of patient flow, service led communication, resilience and leadership.

Jeremy Over, Workforce Director at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals, said: “Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals are proud to be partnering with the University of East Anglia in the development of this new programme that is helping to develop future leaders of NHS services across the region.

“One particularly positive aspect is how the programme brings together colleagues from all different healthcare professions and different organisations, which in turn supports collaboration and joint working – essential for delivering the very best patient care.”

Andrew Vassallo of the Norwich Business School and the Programme Director, said: "I’m delighted to support this programme which we have designed in collaboration with NHS regional partners, specifically to equip healthcare professionals and leaders with the key leadership skills and techniques to deal with the challenges of delivering the current and future NHS agenda.

"This first cohort of senior NHS professionals and leaders will be specifically focussing on key aspects of culture development and change. The course fosters cross location collaborative partnerships between participating organisations through its learning pathway, and provides immediate impact to organisations through the delivery of work based improvement projects.”

The first programme sees sixteen participants from across three trusts, who after the seven month course will report back to senior management with their results. On successful completion of the course each delegate will receive further mentoring and related CPD support from their own institution and a Continuous Professional Development Certificate awarded by the University of East Anglia.