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The Leading Together Programme

Patients, professionals and the public working together to improve care


What is the Leading Together Programme?

Leading Together is a three-day programme that will support 120 health professionals and lay people develop real partnerships that make a difference to their local health organisations and communities. The aim of the programme is to create increasing numbers of lay partners and professionals who can work together strategically to build a culture of involvement.

Applications are invited from patients, carers, members of the public, clinicians, researchers and managers to be part of an innovative new programme. The programme will be delivered in cohorts across the South of England.

This will not be the kind of programme where you’ll be sat back listening to people telling you what to do. We’ll be inviting you to think and talk about the concepts, try out some skills, reflect on your experience, test out your ideas and cooperate with others to undertake a project to make a difference in your community.

How much does it cost and what is the commitment?

The programme is free. If you are a lay partner we will cover your travel expenses. If you are a healthcare professional, you will need permission from your organisation/line manager to release your time and cover your travel expenses.

The programme is structured as three one-day workshops, that are spread over three months. We do ask that you commit to attending all three workshops.

What are the benefits of the programme?

This is a great opportunity to create real change in your healthcare system, so that lay people can lead together with professionals to ensure health services are truly accessible to all and meet the needs of the people that use them.

The Programme is designed and delivered by leadership professionals and people who have regularly used health services.

The programme will also help you to:

  • Develop your knowledge and understanding of the benefits of working collaboratively
  • Share your own expertise and experience to support learning for others in the group
  • Build collaborative networks
  • Develop leadership skills for influencing change
  • Put your learning into action through projects that benefit your organisation and community

Some cohorts say “Medical Revalidation”, why is that?

Three of the cohorts will have a focus on projects that supports medical revalidation – an important process where doctors have to demonstrate regularly that their knowledge is up to date and they are fit to practise.

How can I find out more, or register my interest in participating?

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