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Public Policy and Health

North-East Leading Improvement for Health and Wellbeing Programme 2011


We were delighted to have been commissioned by the School of Public Health North East and their partners to run the second programme of the NE LIHWBP, a leading-edge multiagency leadership development programme which aimed to support the delivery of real improvement across the North East.  Designed for senior leaders of complex change in and across public services, the programme was aimed at bringing about major improvements of health and well-being. 

Transformational change across the public sector in the North East was no longer an option.  New models of collaborative leadership, designed to promote and sustain joined up working to tackle complex health challenges were urgently needed.  The government's proposals for changes in the organisation and delivery of public health, particularly mindful of the shift of responsibility toward Local Government, had major implications across the North East for the NHS, Local Government, the Third Sector and other partners.  Without new models of working, the important recommendations of the NHS and forthcoming public health white papers, Marmot Review on Health Inequalities, Fair Society, Healthy Lives, and the expectations of the Quality Innovation Productivity and Prevention (QIPP) programme would not have been met.    

The North East Leading Improvement for Health and Well-being Programme 2011 aimed to respond to the challenging agenda by developing leaders with the necessary knowledge and skills to improve health and well-being in a partnership environment, raising the quality of services and reducing health inequalities whilst ensuring a focus on value for money both locally and nationally.

The programme was designed to support the public health workforce through the forthcoming transitions and to explore emerging policy, thereby enabling the NHS, Local Government, the Third Sector and other partner organisations across the North East to come together to share and learn key issues for leaders of quality improvement in complex partnership environments.  Preparation for the new roles set out in the NHS White Paper were included as part of this second cohort of participants on the NE LIHWB programme.  Also included in the recruitment process was an enhanced element of personal learning which was offered to nominated prospective Directors of Public Health, offering them addition opportunities alongside this programme including workplace shadowing and buddying across organisations, and the opportunity to prepare for a future duty; viewing the marketplace and developing understanding of the benefits of a senior public health presence in local authorities.

This programme for a cohort of up to 50 senior leaders was designed and delivered by Durham University, working together with a multiagency Steering Board led by the School of Public Health North East, using an evidence-based framework for improvement leadership development. Other partners include the Local Government Association's Improvement and Development  (LG ID). 

The programme has been designed to complement current leadership and development initiatives across the North East, including the North East Transformation System initiative and the LG ID's portfolio of local government leadership programmes, as a further transformational leadership learning experience aimed particularly at strengthening partnership working.

The programme (see programme schedule of events) began with an introductory session on the 29th November and ran until September 2011. If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact Dr Catherine Hannaway, Programme Director on 07810 836306 or by email.