News and Notices

This week for leaders...

Aspiring to Be – applications now open
We are now accepting applications for the next cohort of our Aspiring to Be New Leaders ProgrammeAll applicants will need agreement from their line manager and their line manager’s manager, confirming that they have the potential to lead others. To apply, please complete the application form and send it to along with your most recent appraisal.


Top tips for team working
Almost every communication is planned and takes place on MS teams or on the telephone. Work life balance has become blurred for many of us. Without these casual corridor interactions, we spend many hours facing a computer screen, jumping from meeting to meeting, quite often without the chance to get up and stretch, make a brew, or go to the loo! So how can we help our colleagues to survive in this virtual world we are living in?

• Make sure scheduled meetings do not end ‘on the hour’. Stopping at 10.50 rather than 11 will give your colleagues a brief chance to get up in between.

• Check in with all your colleagues regularly, especially those who are working from home or off site. It can sometimes feel like a lonely place to be.

• Whilst we don’t work 9 – 5’s, we should all try role modelling working reasonable hours. If we are answering emails in the evening, others might feel they have to do the same.

• Check in with colleagues who might be pushing themselves too hard….this applies to all of us, regardless of our current work situation. ‘Switching off’ is important to maintain long term wellbeing and to ensure we can work to our best.

• Check and manage outputs… if the job is done then great, but has a colleague gone way over their hours to achieve it? If so, how can we support them to take some of this back and gently encourage them to look after themselves? On the other hand, micro-management does not build trust, be wary if you think you might be falling into this trap!


Check in with your colleagues, check in with your leaders, we are all in this together!

NHS Elect webinars available

Developing a flexible approach to your leadership behaviours - 14 May 2021 (09:30 – 10:30)

Nudge Theory and Persuasion - 18 May 2021 (09:30 – 11:00)

Managing elective care - operational recovery - 19 May 2021 (14:30 – 16:00)

Human Factors - 25 May 2021 (14:00 – 16:30)


Midlands Leadership Academy
The Midlands Leadership Academy have a series of e-learning modules for leaders now on their website. Its free for NHS colleagues to sign up to.  Click here for more information. They have also produced a career development workbook for aspirant directors and a forthcoming series of workshops coming soon. 


Happy to help!
Don’t forget we can also support you with links to coaching, mentoring and 360 feedback. For more information, please visit our page on My DCHS Leading the DCHS way or contact the team at