The success of West Midlands Ambulance Service’s (WMAS) Engaging Leaders Programme has been further highlighted by the fact it is set to be rolled out across the region.
Health Education West Midlands (HEWM), the body responsible for educating and training health and public health workers, has been so impressed by the award winning programme, which was launched in May 2010, that it has asked WMAS to run a regional pilot course, starting in March.
The aim of the programme, which was set up and is run by WMAS Head of Organisational Development Barbara Kozlowska, is to develop emerging healthcare leaders at Band 6 level to release the full potential of healthcare organisations.
This is done by role-modelling the future behaviours of the NHS so that patients and wider stakeholders experience staff who are enthusiastic, motivated and professional.
Once enrolled on the 12-month programme, participants will work through a number of modules which include Being Effective At Work, Improving Performance At Work, Leading Change and Improvement and Managing and Monitoring Service Delivery.
This will be done across ten one-day development days as well as through participants’ own time with the use of a virtual learning system.
Looking ahead to the partnership, Barbara Kozlowska said: “I am delighted that Health Education West Midlands has asked us to run our hugely successful Engaging Leaders Programme in partnership with them. This programme will be open to all West Midlands NHS organisations and will be jointly facilitated by WMAS and HEWM.
“It is a great opportunity for us to showcase how we develop our future leaders and I’m very much looking forward to delivering this programme.
“It’s also a great opportunity for our own Band 6 staff to take part and to network with colleagues from other Trusts.”
Sue Harris, HEWM Deputy Head of Leadership, said: “We are excited to be working in partnership with WMAS to deliver their successful Engaging Leaders programme across the whole of the West Midlands.
“Increasing and supporting leadership capability is a key priority for HEWM and we need to ensure we engage with all grades of staff to help them realise their potential.
“WMAS has been delivering a highly successful programme aimed at first time and aspiring leaders. The outputs and impact this programme has had can be evidenced through current and past participants who have demonstrated positive changes in their own leadership capability and the way they lead their teams.
“Barbara and her team are inspirational and it is a pleasure to be working with them.”