Enrol for the School for Change Agents


These blogs were written by people who have attended the School for Change Agents in previous years, when it was called the School for Health and Care Radicals:

How to rock the boat and not end up shipwrecked: the School for Change Agents – Susan Macaulay
My friend Liz Lester is rebel with a cause. Like me, she’s a passionate dementia care advocate. Our shared passion is what connected us over a year ago. Even though she’s based in the UK and I’m in Canada, we’ve been growing our online friendship and exchanging ideas from either side of “across the pond” ever since……………

Will you fit in at the School for Radicals? – Jon Bryant
So you have no medical or care sector background or training but you want to engage with SHCR because you want to make difference and join in the conversation and learn about bringing about change….

#SHCR: An inspiring, free course that will help you change health care for the better – Elissa Campbell
When I first read Sonia’s post about the School for Health and Care Radicals (SHCR) a year ago, little did I know that I would be signing up for one of the most inspiring educational experiences of my ten years as a doctor, resulting in unexpected personal and professional growth….

My digital story – Kate Pound
In 1993 I qualified as a nurse, I had to work hard for 6 years to find what I believed to be the best job in the world, however it wasn’t long before I became disillusioned. I felt overwhelmed by the pressures, such as time and health inequalities. I had gone into nursing with my core values of always doing my best for patients and making a difference to improve their lives. I felt I was becoming disconnected from what was important to me, but I refused to let go.
In 1999 I qualified as an advanced nurse; this was a changing point for me in my life. I got a job at Nottingham University Hospitals and I started to connect with others who also had the same values and beliefs about wanting to make a difference. I had found hope!
My managers were supportive and inspired me, their leadership approach was relational not power. I had found a place where I could make a difference.
The big learning for me was the School for Health and Care Radicals where I was able to connect across the world with people with the same core values. This gave me energy and hope to keep on going.
This is my digital story

School for Health and Care Radicals – Hazel White
I’m not a health or care professional – but I often work with people who are, so in early 2015 I signed up for the School for Health and Social Care Radicals, run by NHS England’s Quality Improvement team.
The short online course helped me make connections in my thinking across Service Design and leadership: not being afraid of taking risks, trying ideas out and giving yourself, and others permission to fail………

Change starts with me – Hanna Lundstedt
Today I started up in a mass movement for improvement. Partisipant today in The school for health care radicals was 299!!! people at the same time oneline all over the World. In the top at this blog you se my drawing about this first model.

I’m filled with energy and love after this session today…

Hello my name is Wendy – Wendy McIntosh
Leading up to the School for Health & Care Radicals 2016 there was a suggestion that we choose three words to describe choices we make in the year ahead. The closest I got to three was:

Connect – to strengthen my weak ties, make new connections, initiate more conversations for change.
Show up – to bring more of myself to work. The creative side.  Embrace my vulnerabilities, have courage (if this resonates with you, you might like Brené Brown The Power of Vulnerability).
Let go – step out of the detail. Let those that can, do. Don’t stress so much.

Then I came across Jason Fox’s blog and video.



Have you taken part in the School for Health and Radicals and want to share you story?  If so please email england.si-horizons@nhs.net

Module Dates

Module 1

Being a health and care change agent: change starts with me


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This first module invites you to continue your journey as a change agent and offers some new ways of thinking about how you work to effect change. The module highlights learning from some of the most effective change agents across the globe, explores the differences between troublemakers and rebels and helps us to understand how […]

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Module 2

From me to we: creating connections and building communities


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The golden rule for change activists is: ‘You can’t be a rebel on your own’ and will be presented by Kathryn Perera. This module gives us an understanding of the power of working together by exploring communities of practice and social movements. We identify techniques for connecting with our own and others’ values and emotions […]

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Module 3

Rolling with resistance


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It is natural to resist change. Rather than seeing resistance as something negative, here we shift our perspective so that we see dissent, diversity and disruption as essential components of effective change. However, we need to build resilience in order to work effectively with resistance. This module offers some tools and techniques to ensure that […]

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Module 4

Making change happen


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This module will help us create and sustain the energy we need to make change happen. We will look at a number of practical ideas, tools and resources to help us change the way we do change. We’ll look at why change fails and how you can minimise the risk of it failing by creating […]

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Module 5

Moving beyond the edge


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As change agents we are aware that most effective change starts at ‘the edge’. This module will help us equip ourselves for our journey to the edge and beyond. We’ll explore what we mean by ‘the edge’, and what opportunities there are for health and care change activists to be bridge builders and curators. Get […]

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Game on! Using gamification to engage and motivate change.

Shari McKeown from the British Columbia Patient Safety & Quality Council, Canada shows how using games can build energy, engagement and sustainability for change.


Moving from Quality Improvement as activity to Quality Improvement as culture

Using care for older people as an example, Ruth Glassborow from Health Improvement Scotland talks about developing a sustainable QI culture


Network Toolkit – supporting the development of networks across the health and care system

Thinking Differently

Fundamentally, healthcare organizations and systems are patterns of energy, webs of human relationships, conversations and decisions .Imagine the healthcare system to be a multi-storey building. We have stairs, halls, ladders and balconies. We call them networks, institutes, agencies, confederations. The spaces are not just the lines and boxes on the official organization chart, static images […]