The opportunity

What can the Productive Leader offer you?

Every organisation is unique.  From the mix of services it provides, to the population it serves and the people who work there. The Productive Leader is designed with this in mind.

The Productive Leader resonates with staff, as you are encouraged to consider the attributes and behaviours you value in others.  Participants often find huge benefit in the conversations that take place with colleagues over the course of the programme.

This facilitated programe enables teams to come together, typically as leaders and support staff, to:

  • measure and review current performance
  • reflect on your own working practices and those of your team
  • discover and consider a range of positive and effective working practices
  • identify and commit to improvements
  • test, review and adapt best practice to suit your local working environment

The changes you and your team introduct will result in leading by example and reinforcing good behaviour and processes as well as eradicating outdated approaches.

Gathering evidence to support QIPP

NHS organisations striving towards the vision of the Next Stage Review and QIPP will already be looking at ways of gathering evidence to demonstrate improvements in quality and productivity in the range of work they do.  A new Cost and Quality homepage is being developed on the NHS Institute website and is accessible from the Institute home page.

To support the QIPP agenda,  the NHS Institute is developing tools to provide return on investment evidence for different programmes in the Productive series, including Productive Leader.  The Module Impact Framework tool will allow organisations to collect both quantitative and qualitative data to report on areas such as financial impact, process improvements, staff experience and knowledge and skills development.  There will be a link from the Productive Leader site to the Productive Leader tool - in the meantime you can see which programmes in the series are already using the Framework by going to the Productive Series home page and click on the Module Impact Framework title.

 High impact areas for improvement

The biggest area in which your leadership team can make improvements and save time is likely to be meetings management. Our findings revealed that NHS leaders spend an average of 70% of their time in meetings with only 27% starting on time and even less, 18%, finishing on time.
Improvements can also be made in email and workload management. During the test phase for The Productive Leader, participants reported that by using the email model, the focus of their emails and the responses they received improved by 32%. In the words of one of the leaders who took part:    

'I was telling stories in my I am trying to be clear about what is needed in the first two lines.'

With special thanks to the staff who appeared in this film, representing the following organisations:

  • Buckinghamshire Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Central Lancashire Primary Care Trust
  • Sheffield Health and Social Care Trust
  • Stockport NHS Foundation Trust
  • Walsall Hospitals NHS Trust

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