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Inclusive leadership in health and care

Develop inclusive and compassionate leadership skills to ensure diversity and equality in the health and care industry.

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Manage health and care teams with powerful inclusive leadership strategies

The importance of inclusive leadership is increasingly understood and sought after across almost every industry. This includes the health and care sector, and managers and supervisors need to develop these leadership skills if they want to stay relevant in the workplace. This six-week course from the NHS Leadership Academy will help you to do just that.

Get familiar with EDI basics

On this course, you’ll get an in-depth look at the core concepts relating to equality, diversity and inclusivity (EDI) policies. With this foundation, you’ll be able to examine and understand the impact that racism, privilege, intersectionality, and allyship have on levels of prejudice and acceptance at work.

Learn to put your leadership skills into action

After gaining a sound knowledge of EDI basics, you’ll move on to putting that theory into practice. As you move through the course, you’ll get to reflect on how your work experiences have shaped your own attitudes, identify staff and groups who need support, and design policies that allow you to lead with inclusion and allyship.

Study with top NHS Leadership Academy experts

Dr Sandi Dunne, the lead educator for this course, holds multiple qualifications including an MA and MSc Executive Coach degree. In her role as an NHS Leadership Academy faculty member, she also acts as a Diversity and Inclusion expert. With Dr Dunne’s guidance and the Leadership Academy’s commitment to improving healthcare by developing leadership skills, you can be sure that this course will prepare you to manage EDI workplaces with compassion and insight.

Syllabus

  • Week 1

    Understanding key EDI concepts

    • Welcome to Inclusive Leadership

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

    • What is Social Justice, Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion (SJEDI)?

      In this activity, we will be looking at the core concepts of SJEDI, focussing on key terminology and legislation.

    • Why does SJEDI matter?

      In this activity, we will see why it is important to consider SJEDI.

    • How do we incorporate SJEDI into our working practices?

      In this activity, we are going to look at how we can modify our behaviour and take action to create change in the workplace.

    • 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

    Theorising race and understanding racism

    • What is racism?

      In this activity, we are going to look at what we mean by race and racism, as well as the history of British slavery and colonialism.

    • Why do we need to understand race and racism?

      In this activity, we are going to be looking at the legacy of colonialism and slavery in Britain, as well as everyday racism and microaggressions.

    • How can we constructively challenge racism and strive for positive change in the workplace?

      In this activity, we are going to see how the issues discussed are addressed within the NHS and consider how we can start having more effective conversations about race.

    • 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 3

    Power and privilege

    • What is power?

      In this activity, we are going to look at what we mean by power, privilege and othering, as well as consider some of the types of power.

    • Why do we need to understand power and privilege?

      In this activity, we are going to consider the socially constructed nature of power, and think about how privilege is often invisible, looking particularly at white privilege.

    • How can we respond to power dynamics and check our own privilege?

      In this activity, we will see how small changes can have a massive impact and we are going to reflect upon our own privilege so we can identify and address any potential blind spots.

    • 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 4

    Intersectionality

    • What is intersectionality?

      In this activity, we are going to define intersectionality, as well as explore class, the patriarchy, feminism and race.

    • Why does intersectionality matter?

      In this activity, we are going to consider the importance of recognising diverse and complex identities, as well as looking at how social factors can impact health.

    • How can we tackle social inequality?

      In this activity, we are going to look at social health interventions, as well as ways we can prioritise intersectionality in the workplace.

    • 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 5

    Intersectional lifelines

    • What is an intersectional lifeline?

      In this activity, we are going to see what an intersectional lifeline is, and look at the various areas of life that individuals need to reflect on personally as part of the conversation regarding intersectionality.

    • Why create an intersectional lifeline?

      In this activity, we are going to look at an example of an intersectional lifeline, and also explore the importance of understanding your own position within wider society to better understand privileges and exclusion factors.

    • How do we create and use an intersectional lifeline?

      In this activity, we will look at how to create an intersectional lifeline and consider the value of engaging in the process.

    • 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 6

    Allyship

    • What is allyship?

      In this activity, we are going to look at what we mean by allyship as well as authentic allyship, as we consider key terminology.

    • Why do we need inclusive authentic allies?

      In this activity, we are going to consider the impact of allyship, as we consider the difference between performative and authentic allies.

    • How can we become inclusive and authentic allies?

      In this activity, we are going to explore ways to be an effective ally in the workplace, as we look at bystander interventions and examples of allies.

    • Putting principles into 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...

  • Explain the key concepts in relation to Social Justice, Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion (SJEDI)
  • Discuss the development of key ideas in relation to SJEDI
  • Debate and raise awareness of current SJEDI issues and the NHS London Race Strategy
  • Identify key issues in terms of policy and practice for managers at work
  • Develop a more inclusive team and organisational culture

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for health and care managers and supervisors. As the first in a series of training sessions on equality, diversity and inclusion in medical services, it will help you develop core inclusive leadership skills.

Who will you learn with?

Dr Sandie Dunne, BA (hons) MDip, MA, MSc, PHD
Sandie is an Associate Professor, HSMC Birmingham University, Executive Coach, Leadership, Diversity & Inclusion Organisational Development Consultant.

I am the Strategic Head for Equality and Inclusion London Region - NHS England & NHS Improvement. and the
Co-Director London COVID Legacy and Equity Partnership - NHS England & NHS Improvement

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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