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Core Managers: Effective Allyship in Health and Care

Understand the importance of allyship in health and care to become a more inclusive and compassionate leader and manager.

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Core Managers: Effective Allyship in Health and Care

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  • 4 weeks

  • 2 hours per week

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  • Intermediate level

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Discover how allyship improves everyone's experience of the workplace

An ally is someone who actively champions the interests of an underrepresented group, while not being a member of the group they are supporting. Any manager leading a diverse team needs to understand and practise effective allyship.

On this four-week course from London’s Workforce Race strategy team and the NHS Leadership Academy, you’ll gain an in-depth understanding of the concept of allyship. Focusing on real examples from the health and care sector, you’ll learn when and how you can be an ally to the people in your organisation.

Understand the importance and power of allyship

You’ll examine the definition of allyship. You’ll learn what an ally is, when allyship is most crucial, and why allies are needed in all sectors of society.

You’ll also explore the dangers of inauthentic allyship, discussing cases when an ally is behaving ‘performatively’.

Gain the practical tools you need to be an effective ally

Once you’ve understood the principles of allyship, you can begin developing the skills you need to be an effective ally.

The second half of the course will focus on equipping you with the skills and strategies to create a culture based on mutual support and allyship.

Learn alongside leaders in equality, diversity, and inclusion

This course has been designed by experts who will present real-world examples of allyship in health and care contexts, with a specific focus on race, disability, gender, sexual orientation, and gender identity.

By the end of the four weeks, you’ll be a more compassionate and inclusive leader making a tangible difference to your workplace culture.

Syllabus

  • Week 1

    What is allyship?

    • Welcome to allyship

      In this activity, you will be introduced to the FutureLearn platform and to this course. You will also get to know your fellow participants in your first discussion.

    • Defining an ally

      In this activity, we are going to see what an ally is and consider some examples of allyship. This will help lay the foundation for becoming better allies ourselves.

    • Being an ally

      In this activity, we will reflect on our own current statuses as allies, and as managers, and think about how we can increase our impact advocating for groups marginalised by society.

    • Putting principles into practice

      In this activity, we are going to take action and identify changes we can make in our own working practices.

  • Week 2

    Why are allies needed?

    • The importance of allyship

      The activity will highlight the need for allies as it explore the problems that allies can help combat.

    • The role of allyship

      This activity will look at the role allies can play as it considers some of the goals allies should be working towards.

    • The power of allyship

      This activity will look at the range of activities that are considered to be allyship, and discusses how allies can have a meaningful impact on individuals and community levels.

    • The dangers of allyship

      This activity addresses some of the dangers associated with allyship. We should not be deterred but keep them in mind to ensure that as we try to be effective allies we are aware of some of the ways our actions could do harm.

    • Putting principles in practice

      In this activity, we are going to take action and identify changes we can make in our own working practices.

  • Week 3

    How to be an ally?

    • Listen and learn

      This activity is going to start exploring how we can practically start being allies. Some advice will be given and we shall consider the importance of listening and learning.

    • 8As of authentic allyship

      This activity explores what we mean by being an authentic ally, how we can do it and some of the associated challenges.

    • Active bystander

      This activity looks at what we mean by active bystander and how we can be active and not passive bystanders ourselves.

    • Putting principles in practice

      In this activity, we are going to take action and identify changes we can make in our own working practices.

  • Week 4

    How to be an ally to…?

    • How can I be an ally to those in the Black, Asian, minority Ethnic community?

      In this activity, we focus specifically on how to ally with Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic individuals and communities as we hear about individuals experiences and the challenges they face, and then consider actions we can take.

    • How can I be an ally to LGBTQIA+ people?

      In this activity, we focus specifically on how to ally with LGBTQIA+ individuals and communities as we hear about individuals experiences and the challenges they face, and then consider actions we can take in our own contexts.

    • How can I be an ally to trans people?

      In this activity, we focus specifically on how to ally with trans people as we hear about individuals experiences and the challenges they face, and then consider actions we can take in our own contexts.

    • How can I be an ally to disabled people?

      In this activity, we focus specifically on how to ally with disabled people as we hear about individuals experiences and the challenges they face, and then consider actions we can take in our own contexts.

    • How can I be an ally to women?

      In this activity, we focus specifically on how to ally with women as we hear about individuals experiences and the challenges they face, and then consider actions we can take in our own contexts.

    • Putting principles in practice

      In this activity, we are going to take action and identify changes we can make in our own working practices.

    • Final thoughts

      In this activity, we will look back across this course at what we have learned, identifying key takeaways from our journey together.

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Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Describe an ally
  • Explain why allies are needed
  • Demonstrate authentic allyship to advocate for those who society marginalises
  • Develop a better work environment for all

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for supervisors, managers, and team leaders in health and care organisations, who are interested in cultivating equality and diversity in the workplace.

The fourth in a series of training sessions on equality, diversity, and inclusion in health and care, the course will equip you with core inclusive leadership skills.

Who will you learn with?

Head of Equality Diversity and Inclusion she holds as MA in Corporate Social Responsibility and has a breadth of experience in developing and delivering robust solution to EDI that change behaviors.

Mark is the Regional Director of Workforce London.
Established and leads the external facing People Directorate supporting the London system

Who developed the course?

NHS Leadership Academy

Our purpose is to help people discover and fulfil their leadership potential to deliver outstanding health and care.

London Race Strategy

London’s Workforce Race Strategy team recognise the challenge and complexity involved in addressing race inequality. They work across London’s NHS to make a significant and tangible difference to the experiences of its BME workforce.

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