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NHS Leadership Academy launches programme for next generation of systems leaders

Applications are now open for Intersect, the ground-breaking new systems leadership programme from the NHS Leadership Academy, delivered in partnership with Leadership for Change.

The year-long programme will provide the in-depth learning and transformational development that leaders working across the public and third sector need to deliver high-quality services with limited resources in a highly complex environment.

Participants will develop the skills they need to work across sectors, returning to their workplace equipped with the understanding, self-awareness and confidence to work and deliver the whole systems co-operation and change that public sector demands.

Open to just forty people from across the public and third sectors in England, the programme is aimed at those in a position to lead system-wide change in the public sector. They are likely to be senior leaders, possibly on or reporting to the executive team, in positions that require people to work across and beyond organisational boundaries.

Dr Nicholas Bradbury, Head of Systems Leadership at the NHS Leadership Academy, described the “transformative” learning that participants will undertake: “Intersect will demand a significant commitment from participants and the organisations from which they come. Through the programme, participants will need to be willing to undertake a deep exploration of themselves, to ask and to answer some probing and difficult questions.” 

Participants will base their learning in real projects in their places of work and demonstrate the impact those projects, and their learning, have had. On completion of the programme, they will make a significant impact to the local health, social care and public services economy when they return to their workplace and will be expected to share their learning and to develop an understanding and capability around systems leadership in their locality.

Chris Lake, the NHS Leadership Academy’s Head of Professional Development, said: “Taking a systemic approach to leadership across the public sector is really the only way to make genuine progress. Working across boundaries, being adaptable, looking for whole-system synergies, relying on trial and error over organisational charts and planning, and solving wicked problems with clumsy solutions. These are the skills and practices of the systemic leader and these are the skills and practices which participants on the Intersect programme will be focussing on.”

Jan Sobieraj, Managing Director of the NHS Leadership Academy said: “The NHS can no longer expect to tackle the challenges it faces in isolation. To deliver the exceptional outcomes and outstanding care the population needs, the health service needs to work in close partnership with local government, social care, education and the third sector as well as with our communities themselves. With the Intersect programme, we are looking to provide the next generation of system leaders from across the public and third sector with the skills, understanding and self-awareness that they will need to succeed.” 

Applications are open now, and can be made through the NHS Leadership Academy’s website:

For further information on the Intersect leadership programme, please email or call 0113 322 5663.


About the NHS Leadership Academy

At the NHS Leadership Academy our philosophy is simple – great leadership development improves leadership behaviours and skills. Better leadership leads to better patient care, experience and outcomes.

Our purpose is to work with our partners to deliver excellent leadership across the NHS to have a direct impact on patient care.

We offer a range of tools, models, programmes and expertise to support individuals, organisations and local academies to develop leaders, celebrating and sharing where outstanding leadership makes a real difference.

In 2013, we launched the largest and most comprehensive approach to leadership development ever undertaken through our professional development

 About the Leadership for Change partnership

The Leadership for Change partnership is a new integrated approach for leaders in public services.

As a partnership, NHS Leadership Academy, Public Health England, The Leadership Centre and the Staff College are increasingly coming together to devise and develop national systems leadership programmes which individually and collectively will aim to provide a coherent approach to system leadership development.

Intersect is the second programme from Leadership for Change partnership, and will be led by the NHS Leadership Academy.


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