Britain's got ‘Aspiring Talent’!

The new National Leadership Framework ‘Developing People- Improving Care’ (2016) calls for leaders who are skilled in systems leadership, have and can apply improvement know how and can demonstrate compassionate care.

This ‘Aspiring Talent’ pilot has demonstrated that it is possible to develop a talent management process linked to the Developing People framework.

The process, which supports our commitment within West North and East (WNE) Cumbria to attract, grow and develop our people, has evaluated well with both participants and OD practitioners.

We know that we have fantastic people working in health and care across Cumbria and now we have a process that can prove it!

In November last year the North West Leadership Academy granted CLIC some funding to trial a talent management process that would support leaders that are aspiring to work across the West North and East Cumbria health and care system, to understand their strengths and areas for development.

The seven leaders, all from Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group, North Cumbria University Hospitals Trust and Cumbria Partnership Trust were assessed on their systems leadership skills, their improvement know how and their leadership behaviours through a rigorous process that included 360 appraisal, an assessment and development day and a written assessment. 

It is fair to say that the process was ‘challenging’ and whilst all our leaders did very well it did stretch them out of their comfort zone.  However, all of those who took part in the evaluation said they felt a real personal benefit and would recommend it to a colleague. One person felt that it “ should be undertaken by all senior managers across the health economy”.

Individuals were able to create a personal development plan that would support their development as a potential leader across the system in the future.

The pilot was designed to support the delivery of the national leadership framework ‘Developing People- Improving Care’ (2016) which guides organisations and systems on people development to support a culture where ‘people at every level take pride and joy in their work, and where together they have the capability and capacity to deliver continuous improvement in care for individuals, population health and value for money’.

There was a lot of learning from the pilot which highlighted some gaps in leadership skills, particularly in understanding and applying service improvement know how. The pilot confirmed that the process used could potentially be used to contribute to local and regional talent pools in the future and the learning will shape the leadership development offered through CLIC in the future.

We know that strong leadership at all levels is needed if we are to improve the health and wellbeing of our communities in Cumbria and deliver the scale of transformation and outcomes we need within the West North and East (WNE) Cumbria.

We need to support leaders to develop to be the best they can be, encouraging them to progress in their careers and make the most of opportunities that are available to them.

The process is currently being reviewed to be able to offer it again in the future and also adapted so that it can be extended to colleagues in County Council.

If you would like to know more about the ‘Developing People- Improving Care’ framework please follow this link: 

or visit the CLIC web site for more information on leadership development opportunities

Please see below for downloadable version of the full report: