Leading Beyond Boundaries

Wednesday, 11th March, 2020


Twenty eight managers and clinicians from the Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes (BLMK) health and care system have been benefitting from a leadership development programme which aims to create system leaders of the future that think and act collaboratively.

Leading Beyond Boundaries is a 12-month programme that recognises that leadership, improvement and innovation can and does come from everywhere in the health and care system, and is hoping to influence positive mindsets and behaviours towards collaboration so that future leaders can help to deliver the BLMK Integrated Care System’s five-year strategy to improve the health and wellbeing of its residents through the work of its 15 partner organisations. The programme was first initiated within Frimley Integrated Care System as the 20-20 Leadership programme and BLMK workforce leaders have buddied with Frimley to develop a local programme offer for our staff.

Since BLMK ICS launched the programme in September, the fellows (participants on the programme) have paired up to undertake a ‘Leadership Exchange’, in which they spend up to one day observing each other in their day-to-day work. The purpose of this exchange is two-fold:

  • To see and appreciate one another ‘in action’ – following the exchange, fellows provide feedback to each other on their leadership strengths
  • To get an insight into another part of the system and to identify ways in which we can work closer together.

Liam Clarke, Contracts and Business Development Manager at Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust (CNWL) partnered up with Stephanie Godfrey, Community Safety Officer at Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service. He said: “It was really interesting to learn how much support the Fire Service offers to communities. I can see an opportunity to link their work with young people demonstrating risky behaviours with CAMHS and wider children and family services that we and others deliver.”

Stephanie added: “I found the experience at CNWL really valuable – seeing different ways to organise meetings, observing body language and different types of conversations to those in my organisation – I’m taking lots of ideas back to my team!”

Organisations were requested to put their super connected staff forward who they thought would benefit from a leadership course and advised them to apply for the course via the staff facing website https://work-learn-live-blmk.co.uk/ . Once applications were in fellows were shortlisted by the Leading Beyond Boundaries Programme Board.