Health Education England

Strategic System Leadership Programme for STPs 

This programme is currently closed as the 2018/19 cohort has been recruited and we have 2 STPs participating 

Programme overview

The Strategic System Leadership programme is run nationally this year and is fully funded by HEE and supported by the NHS Leadership Academy.  This programme is run in partnership with Yale University and Patrick Geoghegan, Programme Director.

The programme is aimed at groups of three senior leaders from 10 of the 44 STP footprints. Each of the ten ‘trios’ should comprise teams consisting of:

  • A senior strategic clinical lead
  • A senior strategic lead from another sector – e.g. local authority, wider public sector, 3rd sector
  • A strategic managerial lead

The individuals must have a strategic role at the STP level and are instrumental in the successful delivery of the STP.

Learning objectives 

  • To strengthen strategic leadership capability, develop relationships and skill sets for managing complex system challenges at an STP level
  • To reflect on the leadership requirements to deliver sustainable strategic change with an emphasis on managing relationships and effective working across diverse groups and system-wide boundaries
  • To develop a greater understanding of personal leadership, skills, style and capacity to acquire tools to solve complex challenges in an effective manner
  • To understand the international context of strategic development of health and care policy and system leadership within successful delivery models
  • To explore how this learning can be translated and applied to the STP area and shared with others more widely

Programme structure

The format of the programme is two 6-day modules. Between the residential modules, teams will be required to identify and work on or complete a project which is aligned to delivery of a significant challenge for their STP. Dates and associated programme content are as follows:

  • Sunday 25 – Friday 30 November 2018, six-day residential in Leeds, UK
  • November 2018 – July 2019, teams work on the delivery of a project aligned to delivery of STP, coaching and technical support is provided by the programme faculty
  • Sunday 7 – Friday 12 July 2019, six-day residential at Yale University, New Haven, USA (Please note; in terms of availability to attend: Flights to the USA will need to be booked departing latest Saturday 6 July, return flights departing earliest late evening of Friday 12 July arriving in the UK Saturday 13 July)

How to apply

Any interested participants must complete all questions in the individual application form below. They must also state the names of their STP colleagues applying as members of their footprint.  Each team member is required to submit an application form. Completed application forms are to be submitted to no later than 4pm  on Thursday 6th September 2018.

The assessment panel will review all applications and score submissions against pre-defined criteria. A shortlist will be created so that the panelists can conduct one-to-one telephone calls with individuals to further probe their application, their commitment to the programme, the viability of the team and intended outcomes. It will also provide an opportunity to explore each system-wide project. Confirmation of successful participants will be announced week commencing Monday 24th  September 2018.

Contact queries

If you would like to have a conversation or have any questions relating to the Strategic System Leadership Programme for STP Footprints, please contact who will, in turn, put you in direct contact with the Programme Directors.