News and Notices

This week for Leaders...

New this week: a spotlight on coaching; a short video on wellbeing for leaders; the ‘request a check in’ function on the Thrive  as well as all the latest learning offers.

A spotlight on coaching   
So what’s all the fuss about?  It’s just a conversation?

Would you believe us if we told you that you have the answers to your own questions? A good coach believes that you do and will help you to find them through a process of attentive listening and considered questioning.  More often than not, what we lack is the time and headspace to think things through in the midst of our busy working days and weeks. Coaching provides a confidential space and time, just for you, to explore your own thinking and come up with your own solutions.  Whether you’re looking for support with your team, next steps in your career, building your confidence, or working your way through a project, coaching might well be for you.  To find out more, and to connect with our network of coaches, please visit: Coaching and mentoring (


Quality conversations a coaching approach for leaders.  New dates added!
Would you like to learn more about a coaching style of leadership?  Then this masterclass is for you. To find the course and book on ESR please search '842 Quality Conversations, a coaching approach to leadership'.


Wellbeing for leaders
We all need help sometimes, but how do you ask for it from your team members?  This short video provides a demonstration of how to do this well and get the help you need.


Now available – A new check in function on Thrive
Colleagues will shortly be able to request a ‘check in’, either with you as their line manager, or with another colleague of their choosing.  To find out more please watch the short video introduction. Please contact to find out more.


Jumpstart January – top tips and ideas on self-care for all
Jumpstart_January.pdf ( click on the link for more information


New! Resilient leadership sessions now available to book on ESR
The aim of this half-day workshop is to enable you to have some time to explore and understand yourself as a manager and leader. It allows you to consider what is meant by these terms and to explore key issues you may find useful in any management or lead role including, understanding your own leadership style, why influence and integrity are important assets in leadership, what is meant by the term being resilient and how and why leaders need to develop resilience.


Supporting others in difficult times
You might be hearing some difficult stuff from your team members right now.  Please follow this link for a great guide on active listening when faced with a difficult situation.


Leadership circles
The National Leadership Academy is running a further round of Leadership Circles throughout January and February.  Circles are designed to give leaders a safe space to talk and be heard.  Register your interest here.


An article to read:  How to lead when your team is exhausted and you are too
Article here.


Training dates available
Please search people Management master classes on ESR for all the dates available to new leaders, or those wanting a refresh on the basics.  These short half day courses (currently delivered on MS teams) include leadership induction, appraisals, courageous conversations, leading through engagement and many more.

Thursday, 04 February, 2021 9.30 – 12.30

Leadership Fundamentals

Friday, 12 February, 2021 9.30- 12.30

The right amount of conflict (Conflict fundamentals)

Thursday, 25 February, 2021 9.30- 12.30 Influencing and negotiating (Effective negotiation)
Thursday, 04 March, 2021 9.30- 12.30 Systems leadership
Wednesday, 10 March, 2021 9.30- 12.30 Leading Change ( Leading change and human dimensions of change)
Tuesday, 16 March, 2021 9.30- 12.30 Making better decisions - using data to manage and improve (measurement for Improvement)
Tuesday, 30 March, 2021 9.30- 12.30 Psychological Resilience (Resilient people in compassionate organisations)


Bitesize and short webinars available for leaders
These re now available to view on My DCHS.

  • *NEW* Skills for Communicating & Meeting Virtually
  • *NEW* Managing and Prioritising Time
  • *NEW* Managing team relationships
  • *NEW* Dealing with new demands
  • Managing remote teams
  • Managing behaviours remotely
  • Responding in the recovery phase


Other offers and dates from NHS ELECT include:
2 February 9.30am - 12.00pm Human factors, how people react under stress and pressure

Further dates and sessions are available here.


Midlands Leadership Academy
Lots on offer with dates between January and March available including: trauma informed leadership, leading inclusively with cultural sensitivity, negotiating and influencing, virtual leadership, leading remote teams, emotionally intelligent leadership etc. Please click on the link ( you will need to sign in, but we are members so there is no cost for this) or email your interest here.

Don’t forget we can also support you with links to coaching, mentoring, 360 feedback.  Contact the team here.