The richest resource in any system is the lived experience of those within it. They are the people best able to develop the richest insight and who can collectively give voice to ideas for making things cohere better and work more effectively.
Too much time is spent talking about innovation, where it is apparent that the NHS can sometimes struggle to offer an environment where creative ideas can flourish and spread. To support change, leaders need to loosen the ties that constrain a system rather than try and tighten them up, which is a leadership response often seen but which is steeped in the past. And they need to release the talents of those in the system to engage with it, rethink it, and experiment sensibly to find new ways of doing things.
The Leading from the Edge initiative is built on a thought leadership paper that is being produced by the LLA and the widest possible range of thoughtful and experienced collaborators. It aims to explain how people working together can create meaningful change for the better – and to advise senior leaders how best to create an environment where this can happen.
Off the back of its publication, we will be running several half-day workshops – and offering consulting support to leaders across systems to create circumstances where genuine innovation can take place, to the mutual benefit of both staff and the people who rely on our services.