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Systems Go! Cross-sector Partnering for Change in Health and Care

Develop in your healthcare role as you learn how to tackle complex health problems through collaborative partnerships.

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Systems Go! Cross-sector Partnering for Change in Health and Care

1,919 enrolled on this course

  • 3 weeks

  • 3 hours per week

  • Digital certificate when eligible

  • Introductory level

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Unpack the challenges of health equity

The UK’s health and care system is at a moment of national crisis. It is grappling with persistent health inequalities, over-stretched services and an exhausted workforce.

To address these challenges effectively, there needs to be bold, radical action that moves the system to a preventive approach – one that focuses on promoting health rather than simply treating illnesses.

On this three-week course, you’ll discover how to address the most serious challenges facing the health and care sector through effective and collaborative partnerships.

Understand how partnerships can address health inequalities

You’ll start by understanding how effective partnerships should leverage the collective intelligence, creativity and resilience of local stakeholders working for a common cause.

Through this exploration, you’ll also discover the challenges of cross-sector partnerships and how you can overcome these issues.

Learn what makes systems change

Next, you’ll delve into the purpose and role of partnerships and how they can unite teams to drive change.

You’ll learn how to use the lived and learned expertise of those within partnerships to create systems change.

Develop key skills in systems leadership

Finally, you’ll gain the practical skills in systems leadership to drive crucial change in your healthcare context.

Learning from the experts at The King’s Fund, you’ll understand how partnerships are central to tackling complex problems and ensuring the future of health and care systems.


  • Week 1

    The story of self

    • Welcome

      Find out more about how this course will work, who you will be learning with and what you can expect from the next three weeks.

    • Personal foundations

      Explore your motivation for partnering, the values you bring to partnership working, and your underlying beliefs about systems and change.

    • Partnership foundations

      What does it mean to think systemically? Understand why systems aren’t neutral and the roles that rank and power have to play within them.

  • Week 2

    The story of us

    • Purpose and identity

      Consider the ‘why’ behind your partnership. Why have you come together and what change do you want to see locally?

    • Knowing and doing

      What does effective partnering involve in practice?

  • Week 3

    The story of now

    • Making change happen

      Let’s move towards action.! Learn about change and how to make it happen.

    • Making change stick

      Exploring your partnership as change. Cross-sector collaboration, learning and solidarity when things get tough.

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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...

  • Recognise the foundations of effective partnership working and how to put them in place.
  • Understand how local systems change and where to put their energy.
  • Understand the context for integration and why partnership working is so critical to the future of health and care in the UK.
  • Recognise what good community engagement practices look like.
  • Recognise how systems resist change and how to manage this.

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for those working in leadership roles in the healthcare sector.

You could be a leader in the voluntary and community sector, an NHS leader, a local government and social care leader, or those working on integrated care boards.

Who will you learn with?

I am a Senior Consultant in the leadership and organisation development team at The King's Fund.

I am a Development Consultant in the leadership and organisational development team at The King's Fund.

Who developed the course?

The King's Fund

The King’s Fund is an independent charity working to improve health and care in England. Its vision is that the best possible health and care is available to all.

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