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The Academy for Large Scale Change had its final event in Bristol on 5/6 November, the end of an era. The first day of the event was devoted to participants telling their stories of how they are bringing about large scale change in their area and the specialist skills they have developed during the programme to achieve this. To celebrate the ending there was a graduation, where each participant received a certificate of participation and handshake from Paul Plsek and Helen Bevan.

The second day saw the dawning of a new era, where the principles of the Academy will be spread and adopted across NHS England.  Participants  considered how  the theory of large scale change can be applied to improving the health and well being of the population and simulated how they can apply it to the cost and quality agenda .  The coaching that has been a valuable part of participant development will continue until the end of the year and members will stay in contact via WebEx, and local networking events hosted by Academy teams.  Social networking and forums will continue to be used to keep those links active.

Evaluation of the programme has been excellent, with 90% agreeing that they now had the confidence to tackle large scale change in their area and that they had built up a network of support of other Academy participants which will help them achieve their goals.  100% agreed that the programme had been very relevant to their role and felt personally re-energised and re-focused on the challenges that lie ahead.  A full learning review will be published in December 09.


Update – Academy for Large Scale Change - May 2009

The May event of the Academy for Large Scale Change programme was held at the Kassam Stadium in Oxford from 11th to 14th May.  

This event marked the mid point in the programme, the title of the event was Taking Stock - Early Wins, our SHA and DH colleagues are now really starting to make strong connections with each other and share across teams, we were also able to show case some real experts and have an “in house” debate on cost and quality.

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Deborah Richards, Rail Industry expert on Station Transformation; Jayne Wilde Academy Coach; Paul Plsek, Academy Director

On the Wednesday, David Nicholson and the NHS Management Board joined the delegates to hear Professor John Kotter present to the group on ‘Creating a sense of Urgency for Change’ this was by video link to the US; despite the technical challenges the delegates were able to hear from one of the greatest writers on leadership and have some interaction with him.

The Academy is now an important support mechanism for the implementation of the Management Board’s work on Quality, Innovation and Productivity (QuIP).

The initial feedback from the event showed excellent results.  100% of participants told us that others were becoming engaged with their large scale change efforts and that they were able to draw on the tools they are learning within the Academy to achieve their large scale change goals.  Well over 80% have begun tangible action beyond the planning stage and have shared the learning from the Academy with their non-Academy colleagues.

Lynne Winstanley

ALSC team

May 2009