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Reducing health inequalities in local areas

by Leadership Centre | 1st September 2017

This document identifies steps to reduce health inequalities in local areas. It is aimed at: local authority leaders chief executives other senior officers and councillors Directors of Public Health public health specialists health service commissioners This briefing updates the work of the former Health Inequalities National Support Team which in its time focused on systematically […]

Sustainability and Transformation Plans: Irresistible force meets immovable object

by Leadership Centre | 30th January 2017

Writing for Care Management Matters, Debbie Sorkin of the Leadership Centre sets out why social care must be involved in STPs. Often, when I’m speaking at social care events, I ask people in the audience – commonly owners, managers and staff of residential care and homecare providers – if they’ve come across Sustainability and Transformation […]

You can get there from here

by Leadership Centre | 9th December 2016

How to connect innovation with practice in social care and health Debbie Sorkin explains the steps you can take to help move innovation into practice. In putting together its New Models of Care programme, through what were termed ‘Vanguard’ sites, NHS England had ‘replicability’ as one of its assessment criteria. There was no point in […]

Systems Leadership for Beginners: what it is, how it works, and why it helps

by Leadership Centre | 27th May 2016

Written by Debbie Sorkin, National Director of Systems Leadership, The Leadership Centre for Systems Leadership is about how you lead across boundaries – departmental, organisational or sector. It’s how you lead when you’re not in charge, and you need to influence others rather than pull a management lever.  It describes the way you need […]

NHS Improvement Guide: In it together: developing local system strategy

by Leadership Centre | 25th April 2016

NHS Improvement have released a new guide to help system leaders to tackle the challenges of developing strategy across their local health systems. To access the guide and download it visit: