Fylde Coast leadership programme wins regional award

Vicki Ellarby and Sharon Adams with the award

A programme of work designed to help health and social care professionals work better together across the Fylde Coast has won a regional award.

The ‘Healthier Fylde Coast 100 Systems Leaders Programme’ topped the ‘we improve the culture’ category at the Healthcare People Management Association (HPMA) North West awards in Manchester.

The programme, which saw 100 leaders from 12 organisations coming together between September 2018 and June 2019, was carried out to support the development of the Fylde Coast Integrated Care Partnership (ICP).

This partnership brings together local NHS and council organisations and is known as ‘Healthier Fylde Coast’.

Sharon Adams, head of organisational development for the Fylde Coast Integrated Care Partnership, said: “We’re absolutely delighted to have won this award. I’m incredibly proud the team who produced such an innovative and successful programme. To be recognised in this way is a testament to the hard work and dedication.

“If we want to improve the health and wellbeing of the people living on the Fylde Coast and the quality of care they receive, it’s so important we work together.

Having the ‘right’ kind of leadership during times of change is really important. We need our leaders to be able to motivate and influence staff to work in different ways and build better relationships. This programme was designed to look at ways of supporting health and social care leaders on the Fylde Coast to do just that.”

During the programme delegates looked at leadership behaviours, had access to a mentor and were invited to participate in a community base project to put their leadership skills into action.

Since it launched, the Fylde Coast partnership has also received national recognition and has ‘buddied’ with Surrey Heartlands Sustainability and Transformation Partnership, to help them develop and implement their version of the programme. It has also supported Nottinghamshire Integrated Care System and Cheshire and Merseyside Health and Care Partnership.


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