Tuesday 28 January 2019 was a significant day for Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Together We’re Better STP as we celebrated, as a system, the launch of the first national pilot of the NHS High Potential Scheme.
The event was launched by our Chief Executive and STP Senior responsible officer, Peter Axon, and Shajeda Ahmed, our Director of Workforce, OD and inclusion and Programme Director for the OD and Systems Leadership work stream in the STP.
The purpose of the event was to launch the leadership journey of our first cohort of 16 participants.
Representation at the event from all of our partner organisations highlighted the underpinning theme – the power of collaboration. Without each organisation’s openness to work together to recruit our participants we would not have been able to implement and launch the scheme so successfully.
This exemplar of system working was celebrated and acknowledged by Simon Whitehouse, Director of the STP, when he addressed the room, thanking our assessors, steering group members, careers coaches, sponsors and executive mentors for their support.
We were also fortunate to hear insights from national speakers Andrew Foster, Interim Managing Director of the NHS Leadership Academy and Gaynor Walker, Senior Programme Manager, National Equality and Health Inequalities Unit, Nursing Directorate, NHS England and NHS Improvement.
At this juncture, it is worth highlighting the amazing achievement of our 16 participants who gained a place on the programme, following a rigorous assessment process. Congratulations to our two participants from Combined: Michael Groden, Senior Advanced Nurse Practitioner and Sharon Black Senior Counsellor, Interpersonal Psychotherapy Team Leader. We want to wish every participant success on their two-year journey to become our senior leaders of the future.