School Newsletters

This page contains an archive of past School newsletters from October 2017 to present. 

February 21st 2018

School for Change Agents Update Wednesday 21st February 2018 | Module Two | Edge Talks – School Edition | Randomised Coffee Trials | Learning Management System


Hello everyone,

It’s great to see that so many of you have already watched the first session of our School for Change Agents; Change Starts with Me. More than a thousand of you joined us live last Thursday and since then our YouTube video has had nearly 1,300 views.

You probably want to know what you need for the next session; The Power to Make a Difference. You can find the joining details here. And there’s a sneak peak below:

We’ll be going live at 3pm tomorrow (Thursday 22 February).

If you are joining as a group, please connect to the Webex at 2.30pm.

If you’re joining as an individual, please connect at 2.45pm

If you’ve still not had the chance to catch up with the last session, everything you need to know including the recording and slides are here.

Want to do some catch up reading about School? Here’s Leigh’s and Helen’s blogs about Module 1.

Learning Management System

Don’t forget to complete the first module of School on our Learning Management System, for anyone who hasn’t yet received login access, the details are below.

To get started,

  • Go to https://www.schoolforchangeagents.com
  • Use the email address you used to sign up to School.
  • Use this password:  school4change
  • You’ll be asked to enter your name, and optionally your first name and surname.

Once you have updated this information, you’ll be in to the School for Change Agents Learning Management System.

  • Complete the Introduction and Overview section
  • Start the Change Starts With Me section, including the E-Learning Module.
  • You can sign up to the optional Edge Talks in the Change Starts With Me section.
  • Once you participate in the live session, or watch it later, you can mark that you have completed it and move on to the Change Agency section.

We’re trying out using an online learning tool to support the delivery of The School for Change Agents this year, so please bear with us if there are a few gremlins that still needs ironing out. We’d really value and appreciate your feedback: email england.si-horizons@nhs.net.

Successfully completing three e-learning modules will be the way you become a certificated change agent and can receive a certificate to demonstrate your learning for your CPD.

Randomised Coffee Trial

Would you like to connect with other change agents from all across the world? Sign up for a Randomised Coffee Trial! Please sign up here if you would like to take part. We will then randomly allocate you with someone else who has signed up – we’ll invite you to get in touch to meet face-to-face, or chat via email, phone, or Skype – whatever works for you.

Until next week,
Rosie and the Horizons team

 

February 16th 2018

 School for Change Agents Update Friday 16 February 2018 | Catch Up with Module One | Edge Talks – School Edition | Randomised Coffee Trials | Learning Management System

I hope this newsletter finds you well? During the five weeks of School, we’ll be sending out two newsletters a week – one on a Wednesday with the joining details of the Thursday afternoon live webinar; and one on a Friday to give you the details of how to access the previous day’s recording in case you missed the live webinar (or would like to watch it again!).

Catch Up with Module One

The School for Change Agents 2018 launched yesterday with the live broadcast of module one – Change Starts With Me. Approximately 1000 people tuned in to the live webinar (individuals and groups)! There was lots of lively discussion in the chat box, and on Twitter.

If you missed the live broadcast, or would like to watch it again the recording is on this page. You can also see the slide deck, and read the broadcast transcript on the same page.

You might also like to read an inspiring blog our Chief Transformation Officer and School presenter Helen Bevan wrote about how we can all create change in the world; and a blog that I (Leigh) wrote with my reflections about the first module.

The live webinar for Module 2 – The Power to Make a Difference – will be held next Thursday 22 February at 3pm (UK time). We will share the joining details in our newsletter next Wednesday.

Edge Talks – School Edition

We have a brilliant line-up of speakers for our Edge Talks – School Edition. Unlike the main webinars, each Edge Talk will have enrolment limited to 20 places, with facilitated group discussion on a theme.  The Edge Talks will cover a broad range of subjects.

The idea is very much that they are an opportunity for a group discussion led by an expert, rather than a learning session.  There are six Edge Talk sessions throughout the five weeks of School, covering a broad range of subjects.

Because of the limit on places, we would encourage you to think carefully about which Edge Talk session you would most like to attend and choose only the one(s) that you are definitely able to attend.

We reserve the right to prioritise places to people who have chosen just one session, and prioritise people who have completed the online learning modules.

Registration for the Edge Talk session is through the Learning Management System.

These sessions are optional and you can still successfully complete School and receive your certification without choosing to participate in any Edge Talks.

Learning Management System

We are sorry that some people have experienced difficulties accessing the learning management system. We have been working to resolve the issues. If you have been experiencing difficulty in accessing the system, please try again. For anyone who hasn’t yet received login access, the details are below.

To get started,

  • Go to https://www.schoolforchangeagents.com
  • Use the email address you used to sign up to School.
  • Use this password:  school4change
  • You’ll be asked to enter your name, and optionally your first name and surname.

Once you have updated this information, you’ll be in to the School for Change Agents Learning Management System.

  • Complete the Introduction and Overview section
  • Start the Change Starts With Me section, including the E-Learning Module.
  • You can sign up to the optional Edge Talks in the Change Starts With Me section.
  • Once you participate in the live session, or watch it later, you can mark that you have completed it and move on to the Change Agency section.

We’re trying out using an online learning tool to support the delivery of The School for Change Agents this year, so please bear with us if there are a few gremlins that still needs ironing out.  We’d really value and appreciate your feedback: email england.si-horizons@nhs.net.

Successfully completing three e-learning modules will be the way you become a certificated change agent and can receive a certificate to demonstrate your learning for your CPD.

Randomised Coffee Trial

Would you like to connect with other change agents from all across the world? Sign up for a Randomised Coffee Trial! Please sign up here if you would like to take part. We will then randomly allocate you with someone else who has signed up – we’ll invite you to get in touch to meet face-to-face, or chat via email, phone, or Skype – whatever works for you.


Until next week,
Leigh and the Horizons team

In the meantime do keep up the conversation on Twitter – @Sch4change #S4CA and in our Facebook group.

February 14th 2018

Discussed: School for Change Agents 14 February 2018 | We start tomorrow! | Learning Management System | Check your Tech | Say Hi!


Hi!

The School for Change Agents starts tomorrow at 3pm! We are really excited…with more than 4,000 people from all over the world so far registered for this year’s School, it promises to be the biggest year yet!

Modules
Our first module tomorrow is: Change starts with me: being a change agent. It will start at 3pm (UK time).

The link to join the webex is on this page.

If you are joining as a group, please sign in at 2.30pm. Individuals please sign in at 2.45pm (or as soon as is reasonably possible!). We are asking people to sign in early so that we can help make everyone has the best-possible experience, including for example troubleshooting any connection problems.

There is advice below about checking your tech. We’ve also produced a handy guide to help you if you’ve never used Webex before. If you are still stuck please don’t worry. You can email us at england.si-horizons@nhs.net. Please include a contact phone number in your email.


The following weeks’ modules will be:

Thursday 22nd February: The power to make a difference
Thursday 1st March: Being resilient and dealing with resistance to change
Thursday 8th March: From me to we: mobilising and organising for action
Thursday 15th March: The future of change

They will start at 3pm (UK time) every week. Don’t forget, if you’re not available on Thursday afternoons we record each webinar and it will be available on our website to watch at your convenience.

Learning Management System
Unfortunately the launch of our Learning Management System (LMS – our e-learning system) has been delayed. We are very sorry for the delay, which is because we would like to sort out some technical gremlins before we share it with you, to ensure you get the best-possible experience.

We would like to reassure you that the delay will not affect your ability to become a Certificated Change Agent, or achieving your Continuing Professional Development Points.

We’ll send the log-in details for the Learning Management System as soon as we are able.

Check Your Tech
School makes use of a lot of technology to help deliver our programme.  We appreciate that for some people, using webinars and social media is second nature, but for others this can be very different to how they normally learn.

As an absolute minimum, you need access to either:
•a Windows or Mac computer; or

•an Apple or Android tablet or phone

The device will need to be capable of connecting to the internet. You will also either need the device you are watching the webinar to have the ability to play sound, or a separate telephone to call in and listen to the audio. You may find it preferable to have a pair of headphones/hands-free kit to listen to the webinar.

If you are joining from your work computer, different organisations will have different policies about what you are permitted to access from your computer.  Therefore you are encouraged to check prior to the start of School that you can access the different elements of School.

If you are joining from a tablet / mobile:

•Bear in mind that the webinar sessions are streaming video, so you may be using significant amounts of data if you are not connected to the internet via wifi.

•Not all the functionality available on computers is available on tablet / mobile versions of the webinar software.  Whilst you will be able to view the webinar, you may not be able to take part in the interactive elements.

•Access to YouTube if you want to watch the sessions on catch-up.  If you can see and hear this video then you should be able to access the catch-up videos.

•We are making use of Zoom, another webinar system, for our Edge Talk sessions. The easiest way to check you can join a Zoom session is to sign up for a free account here: https://zoom.us/. If you can create an account and successfully do run a test meeting then you should be able to access Zoom.

If you are unable to access any system, we recommend trying to connect from a different network (eg home). If you are unable to access the webinar platform you may be able to access the YouTube videos to watch the sessions on catch-up.

Say Hi!

We love meeting people from the School community, and helping you meet one another too. If you are on Twitter (@Sch4Change #S4CA), and/or on our Facebook group why not introduce yourself?

See you tomorrow!
Leigh and the Horizons team

February 7th 2018

Discussed: School for Change Agents Update 7 February, 2018 | Welcome Pack

The School for Change Agents starts in eight days’ time! I hope you are as excited as we are!
The first of our five weekly live webinars is on Thursday 15th February at 3pm (UK time).

Questionnaire

We would be really grateful if you could take a moment to complete our pre-School questionnaire. The purpose of the questionnaire is to find out the kinds of people who are joining School; what kinds of jobs you have; and where you are from to help us build up a picture of who our community is.

Test Webex

If you are planning to join our weekly webinars live, you may want to check that you will be able to access it through your computer or other device that you are using without any problems.

We are running a test webex tomorrow, Thursday 8 February between 3pm and 4pm (UK time). You can access it through this link. There is no need to stay for the whole hour: you can just pop in to check things work.

If you are not available to join the test webex tomorrow afternoon and you’re not sure about your technology, please don’t worry – there is advice and guidance in the welcome pack that you can download below.

Welcome Pack

We have produced a Welcome Pack to help you get the best out of your involvement with the School for Change Agents. You can download it here.

Learning Management System

Successfully completing three e-learning modules on our Learning Management System will be the basis of your certification as a Change Agent and which that you can use towards Continuing Professional Development points. We will be sending out the link early next week, as well as details of how to register – please look out for a special email.

Until next week,
Leigh and the Horizons team

PS In the meantime do catch up with us on Twitter – @Sch4Change #S4CA!

 

 February 1st 2018

Discussed: School for Change Agents Update February 1st, 2018 | Change Agent Profile: Catherine Fleetwood-Walker | Edge Talks: School Edition

Hi!

The excitement has started to build both in the Horizons team and on Twitter as we approach the two week count down for the beginning of the School for Change Agents which will be kicking off with Change Starts With Me presented by Helen Bevan.

We’re now ready to announce the titles of our Edge Talks: School Edition sessions and introduce another of our brilliant Change Agents whose favourite part of School was the previous format for these very sessions:

Friday 16th February, 3pm: Breaking the ice: how to take your first step as a change agent with Carmen Medina.
Wednesday 21st February, 7pm: Change under pressure with Zoe Lord and Steve Christian.
Tuesday 27th February. tbc: Transformations through trauma and choice with Nigel Millar.
Tuesday 6th March, 7pm: The value of diversity in a complex world with Scott Page and Paul Deemer.
Tuesday 13th March, 7pm: Change on the front line with Hilary Garratt.
Wednesday 21st March, 6:30pm: Change Agents 2.0: Digital capabilities with Dominic Cushan, Susan Kennedy and Richard Price.

*Please note that all of the timings above are UK GMT 

How do I join? 

Unlike the main webinars, the special Edge Talk sessions will be limited to 20 places each. The idea is very much that they are an opportunity for a group discussion led by an expert rather than a learning session. There are six Edge Talk sessions throughout the five weeks of School, covering a broad range of subjects. Because of the limit on places, we would encourage you to think carefully about which session you would most like to attend and choose only the ones that you are definitely able to attend. We reserve the right to prioritise places to people who have chosen just one session. These sessions are optional and you can still successfully complete School and receive your certification without participating in any Edge Talk sessions.

To join the Edge Talk sessions, you will need to register on the learning platform. You will only be able to register your interest once you have completed the most recent learning platform module which will be sent out next week.

We will confirm your place on the session at least 48 hours before the session starts.  If you are no longer able to attend, then please do let us know beforehand so we can offer the place to someone else

Change Agent Profile: 

Catherine Fleetwood-Walker

Occupation and work place: Programme Coordinator, NHS Leadership Academy

When did you complete School? March 2017

Why did you do school? I stumbled across the School for Change Agents last year as part of some innovation work I’d been involved in. I liked the idea of short, weekly webinars involving a wide range of people from all over the world. The concept of “breaking the rules” was very appealing and I wanted to explore these ideas to see if I could use some of them in my job.

What was your favourite part? When I joined my first post-webinar break-out group!  That was a lot of fun and really interesting to connect with different people from around the world to discuss the ideas we’d learned in the previous hour.

How do you use what you learnt now in your day to day job? I’ve tried to carry the concept of “rocking the boat without falling out” throughout my work since the School finished. The change process – and understanding resistance in particular – has helped me to appreciate why some change/transformation projects have failed in the past and how I can learn from this in the future.

Best wishes, from Rosie and the Horizons Team

January 24th 2018

Discussed: School for Change Agents Update January 24, 2018 | Edge Talks – School Edition

Hi!

We hope our weekly update finds you well.

With just three weeks to go until School for Change Agents starts, we the Horizons team have been busy with our preparations. We’ve got some exciting brand-new developments including special small-group sessions called School Edge Talks (if you’ve been receiving the newsletter since before Christmas, you may have seen us originally call them ‘Zoom’ sessions – Zoom is simply the technology we will be using to share the sessions with you.)

The EdgeTalk sessions will be held at 7pm on the following dates, and last for 60 minutes unless otherwise specified:

Friday 16th February, 3pm
Wednesday 21st February
Tuesday 27th February
Friday 2nd March, 3.30pm
Tuesday 13th March
Wednesday 21st March

We’ll soon be sharing details of what topic each date will focus on, the speakers that will be presenting these sessions, and how to sign up for them. In the meantime we thought you might like to put some ‘holds’ in your diaries.

We are offering these sessions in addition to the regular Thursday afternoon live webinars, and in response to feedback you have given us in previous years about how you can put your School learning in to action. As with the Thursday afternoon sessions, they will be offered free of charge to you.


Eileen Sharp

Last week’s newsletter featured Eileen Sharp’s Change Agent story. Unfortunately, the photo we included was of Linda Harris, whose Change Agent story had featured the previous week. We’re really sorry for our mistake, and would like to make sure Eileen still gets her moment in the spotlight. Here is Eileen!

If you would like to share your story – perhaps you have already completed the School for Change Agents in previous years and would like to talk about what you have learnt – or you might be new to the School and want to introduce yourself, why you are joining and what you hope to learn – we would love to hear from you! Drop us an email at england.si-horizons@nhs.net.

Until next week,

Best wishes
Leigh and the Horizons team

PS – don’t forget we’re also on Twitter – @Sch4Change #S4CA

 

 

January 17th 2018

Discussed: School for Change Agents Update January 17, 2018 | Change Agent Profile Eileen Sharp

A very warm welcome to this week’s newsletter.

We’re delighted to see more and more people from all around the world signing up for the 2018 School for Change Agents. Not only will you learn from our five weekly webinars (starting on Thursday 15th February), but you will learn from one another’s rich experiences, too.

Eileen Sharp, who is a podiatrist and Allied Health Professional practice education lead completed the School for Change Agents in 2017, becoming a Certificated Change Agent. She tells us how the experience has benefited her, aided her personal development and helped her make some positive changes to conversations:

The reason I joined School for Change Agents is because I had discussed with my line manager reviewing my leadership skills and thought the topics covered were areas which would help me to do this. I wished to be more aware of myself, my abilities and how I could identify and influence change.
I liked the way the course was facilitated with the online learning that you could interact with and the discussion sessions afterwards. The ability to watch the session out with the class times was great as I couldn’t always attend them live. I had two Randomised Coffee Trails with a colleague from England and New Zealand. The latter took a bit of organising due to time zones but was worth the effort. Great to speak to people working in different cultures and recognising how our work overlaps.
I was moved by the impact of the story Kathryn [Perera, in module 2] told about her God Father and his end of life care and his joy of having a strawberry milkshake. His care home had asked and listened to what mattered to him. This re-enforced to me the power of stories.

Analogies such as rocking the boat and the ripple effect I really liked as I could visualise these.

The three words I chose at the start of the course were: share, celebrate and encourage.  Reflecting on my journey I feel I have embraced these. I also wished to lead from the edge and be a change agent.
I am a person who follows the rules and I have been challenging myself to be more of a rebel and do things first and not always seek permission (within reason of course). Also to look at my work place for the white spaces for me to jump into and initiate the change which is required.
I reflected on and refreshed how I interact with people and have embarked on a journey reviewing my conversations. I always felt I was person centered and used the character Mrs Bedonebywhatyoudid from Charles Kingsley’s “The Water Babies” (1863) to guide my practice.  I now realise it is more than treating people how you would want to be treated and about making sure you have allowed space for them to speak and to be listened to. Moving from being a fixer to an enabler and asking the question – what matters to you? I submitted my application and was delighted to be sent my certificate.
As a result of completing the School for Change Agents, I have increased my confidence and knowledge on facilitating good conversations and embedding this approach within my practice.
The advice I would give to people starting the School for Change Agents is take time to stand back and reflect and to reach out to others who are also change agents and to actively encourage people to join me on this journey.

Thank you Eileen for sharing your story!

If you know someone who would love the School for Change Agents, please do forward this email to them – they can sign up here.

Don’t forget you can also get chatting to your fellow Change Agents on Twitter – @Sch4Change#S4CA and on Facebook.

Until next week!

Best wishes
Leigh and the Horizons team

 

January 11th 2018

Discussed: The School for Change Agents Update January 11, 2018 | One month to go! | Change Agent Profile: Linda Harris

Hi!

We’d like to send a special welcome to the 450 additional people who have joined School since this time last week!

Time is ticking and there’s one month to go until The School for Change Agents begins on the 15th February. Now feels like the opportune time to introduce you to another of our Change Agents who has completed School. Do all of your colleagues know about School? Why not create a cohort and complete School together? Joining as a group gives you more opportunity to discuss your learning with your colleagues, makes it more meaningful and easier to take action as a result. Sign up here

Change Agent Profile: 

 

Linda Harris

When and why did I join School? I attended the School for Change Agents in Spring 2017. I was keen to do the on-line programme to test out how I responded to this way of learning. It had been recommended to me by my line manager and other colleagues who had completed it earlier. In my role as Principal Educator at NHS Education for Scotland, I found School for Change Agents met my needs well; I didn’t want to do a theory-focused course as I’d recently completed my MA in Management, Leadership and Learning from Lancaster University.

What was my favourite part of School? Whilst I enjoyed the live and recorded webinars, I think my favourite part of the course was putting my learning into practice. I’m a visual learner, so the infographics and visuals suited me well. I chose a current project I was working on as a live example to apply my learning. This enabled me to make adjustments based on feedback and reflection during the course, rather than waiting until I completed it. The content of the on-line programme that I now find myself sharing most with others is the “old power vs new power” slide which usually has at least one lightbulb going off in the room!

What do I use from School in my day to day job? Like all learning experiences, some things I’ve simply absorbed into my practice and don’t think about consciously, but the underpinning theory does come back as a reference point to help me with sticky problems. I’ve recommended the course to people I mentor and work with, but I do make the point that most of the learning will take place after the webinars have finished and you start trying new things in your own workplace.

What would I say to the Change Agents joining the 2018 School? Best wishes to all prospective Change Agents, I am excited to see the new things planned for the 2018 course. Take the time it offers to learn, share, reflect, but most of all enjoy the challenge!

Linda Harris
Best wishes from Rosie and the Horizons team.

January 3rd 2018

Discussed: The School for Change Agents Update January 3, 2018 | Transforming Perceptions of Nursing | New Year’s message

 


Hi! Welcome to this week’s School for Change Agents newsletter!As we’re only a few days into 2018, the Horizons Team would like to wish you a Happy New Year!Let’s talk about New Year’s resolutions. New Year’s resolutions are about bettering ourselves and perhaps that’s why you’ve signed up to the School for Change Agents. So that you could learn something new, meet someone new and perhaps even live your dream of creating change. We know that some of you might be eager to get going, so why not start now?Since you’re all about to embark on the journey to become Change Agents, we thought we’d invite you to contribute to this amazing platform; Transforming Perceptions of Nursing and Midwifery. You don’t need to be a nurse or midwife to take part, everyone is invited. With a wide range of people, including senior leadership figures, already active on the platform, we think this is an incredible opportunity to bring about change in nursing. Please look at the platform, share your ideas, comment and vote. The platform is open until the 22nd January.

For those of you who have recently signed up to School (we know there’s a lot of you!), here are Leigh’s top tips for keeping to your New Years resolutions from our last newsletter:

Best wishes
Rosie and the Horizons team

December 20th 2017

Discussed: The School for Change Agents Update December 20, 2017 | Planning to make time | Season’s Greetings

Hi!

Welcome to this week’s School for Change Agents newsletter, with a festive theme!

As we’re nearing the end of the year, you’re probably making plans for 2018. Do make sure you have the dates for the live The School for Change Agents sessions in your diary (we’ve added the topics we will cover on each of the dates)

Thursday 15th February: Change starts with me: being a change agent
Thursday 22nd February: The power to make a difference
Thursday 1st March: Being resilient and dealing with resistance to change
Thursday 8th March: From me to we: mobilising and organising for action
Thursday 15th March: The future of change

Every live session runs between 15.00 and 16.30 (GMT). We know that not everyone will be able to attend the live sessions, so we record each of the sessions and make them available on our website for viewing at your convenience.

You might also want to put the dates of our optional small-group learning sessions on Zoom in your diary, too. We’ll be sharing more information about these sessions in the new year.

Planning to make time

So you’ve signed up for The School for Change Agents, which is brilliant! You’re all very busy people, so how do you make sure you can find the time to watch the webinars (whether live and recorded), and to reflect on your learning…with everything else in your working and personal lives that you have to do?

Here are some ideas for you, borrowing from principles about keeping New Year’s Resolutions:

  • Write down a commitment to yourself – and share it with a friend. Research shows you are more likely to be compliant with a commitment that you have shared with other people.
  • Make plans to watch the webinars with a friend, or in a group. You can support each other!
  • Write a list of aims of things you would like to gain from The School for Change Agents that are specific to you. For example, would you like to get to know people from other Trusts? Learn about real-life case studies? Or perhaps build your confidence on Twitter? Being clear about why you are doing something, and how it will benefit you can help you carve out time from your busy life – it becomes an investment.

Do you have any tips about to share about juggling learning and studying with a busy working and personal life? Join in the conversation on Twitter – @Sch4Change / #S4CA and on our Facebook group. We’re looking forward to seeing your ideas!

Season’s Greetings

On behalf of the Horizons team, I would like to wish you a very happy Christmas, and a successful 2018. We’ll see you with our next newsletter on 3rd January, 2018.

Best wishes
Leigh and the Horizons team

December 13th 2018

Discussed: School for Change Agents Update 13 December, 2018 | Announcing our Zoom sessions | CPD points

A very warm welcome to this week’s newsletter.

We can’t believe there are now only eight weeks to go until the start of the 2018 term of School for Change Agents! The Horizons team is very busy behind the scenes preparing brilliant content to make 2018 the best year yet.

Announcing our Zoom Sessions

These preparations include our Zoom sessions, which we are really excited about and hope you will be too! These special small-group learning sessions will offer opportunities to delve in more detail on topics relating to School – things such as building a narrative of self; the value of diversity in a complex world; building your narrative; and mobilising people for change.

Each session will involve an expert on the particular subject, as well as offer plenty of interaction and reflection on how you can put your learning in to action in your own workplaces. They will give you an opportunity to share your ideas, thoughts, and learning with your fellow participants. We’re aiming towards the majority of the session being focused on group discussion, with facilitators on hand to help where needed.

The Zoom sessions will be held at 7pm on the following dates, and last for 60 minutes:

  • Friday 16th February
  • Wednesday 21st February
  • Tuesday 27th February
  • Friday 2nd March
  • Tuesday 6th March
  • Tuesday 13th March
  • Wednesday 21st March

We’ll be soon be sharing details of what topic each date will focus on, the speakers that will be presenting these sessions, and how to sign up for them. In the meantime we thought you might like to put some ‘holds’ in your diaries.

We are offering these sessions in addition to the regular Thursday afternoon live webinars and in response to feedback you have given us in previous years around how you can put your School learning in to action. As with the Thursday afternoon sessions, they will be offered free of charge to you.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points

Don’t forget, completing the School certification and becoming a certificated change agent will earn CPD points! This is valuable for all sorts of professions, and can be used for revalidation for medical, nursing, and midwifery staff too.

Another reason why School for Change Agents is so special!

Until next week – and in the meantime we’re around on Twitter @sch4change #s4ca

Best wishes
Leigh and the Horizons team

December 6th 2017

Discussed: School for Change Agents Update December 6, 2017 | Change Agent Profile: Leeanne Lockley

Welcome to this week’s update. There is now 10 weeks to go until the start of School for Change Agents 2018!

Your preferred social media platforms

Thank you for your brilliant response to our request to let us know your preferred social media platform for engaging with your fellow change agents. Your responses will help us ensure we provide you with the support you would like to get the most out of your involvement with the School.

Only just signed up and wondering what this request is all about? Read last week’s newsletter.

Change Agent Profile – Leeanne Lockley

You might be wondering what the benefits of joining the School for Change Agents are, and how completing the course can help you in your job. Certificated Change Agent Leeanne Lockley explains how and why she did the School for Change Agents, and how the learning is benefiting her and her patients:

“Hello My Name is Leeanne Lockley.


“I am an Advancing Quality Case Manager at Wirral University Teaching Hospital, improving the care of pneumonia patients within four hours of arrival to hospital.

“I completed the School for Healthcare Radicals in 2016 and School for Change Agents in 2017.

“In 2015 I was new to my post, covering maternity leave, with no knowledge of change or quality improvement. I was sent a link to the School by the Advancing Quality lead, suggesting this would give me a good starting point.

“The first year I attended the School, I loved the passion, energy and determination it gave me. I felt empowered. The following year, I understood the themes and concepts in more depth.

“My favourite session delivered was From Me to We: Making Connections and Building Communities; working at the edge. Understanding that the more connected we are the more power we have has opened many doors and presented lots of opportunities to enhance my job. After completing the school in 2017, I became a Fab Ambassador with the Academy of Fab Stuff empowering frontline staff to make small changes to their everyday working life.

“I use this teaching especially in my day-to-day working life. I use social media at least three times a day keeping up to date with fab stuff that happens outside and inside my organisation.

“Late in 2016, I created an Advancing Quality closed Facebook page; allowing me to send key messages to frontline staff who are often unable to read emails, newsletters etc.

“For Fab Change Week in November 2017, I set up and launched an internal fabulous Change Agent Network. Our network is not a formal group, it’s not hierarchical and there is no expectation on level of commitment. Rather, we want to encourage colleagues from all job families and at every level to connect with each other, and with where our Trust is heading, to make the most of the diversity, expertise and passion that exists throughout our Trust.

“As I have learned so much from the School, my natural progression is to have a cohort from the organisation to attend. I have booked the library’s IT suite and am in the process of internally advertising this in order we go to School together. There is power in numbers!”

I hope Leeanne’s story gives you loads of inspiration about how School can help you take action to make positive changes wherever you work, too!

Sign up a friend!

Do you know someone who would love the School for Change Agents too? You can forward this email to them. It takes just a moment to sign up – just pop your email address in the box on this page.

Until next week – and don’t forget we’re on Twitter – @sch4change #s4ca

Best wishes,
Leigh and the Horizons team

 

 

November 29th 2017

Discussed: School for Change Agents Update November 29, 2017 | What’s your favourite social media platform?

Welcome to this week’s newsletter.

School for Change Agents is all about YOU, the change agents, learning and sharing ideas with one another. As part of our behind-the-scenes preparation for 2018 School (there’s 11 weeks to go!) we’re thinking about the best way for our participants to engage with one another.

We’re going to be doing tweet chats, and we’ll also set up a group on Slack. That’s in addition to the chat room during our live webinars, and our Facebook group.

What’s your preferred social media platform for sharing ideas with your fellow School for Change Agents folk? Let us know! Email us at england.si-horizons@nhs.net

Why not set up a School for Change Agents group?

While we’re talking about sharing ideas, why not set up a School for Change Agents group with your colleagues and friends? Collaborating with others helps embed your learning, and discover new perspectives. You can set up your group as face-to-face, or virtually – it’s up to you!

And if you’d prefer to learn independently, that’s fine too! Everyone who joins the School for Change Agents is part of the community, and you can join in as much or as little as you wish.

Music to our Ears – December’s Edge Talk

You’re welcome to join us for our December Edge Talk, which will take place this Friday, 1 December at 9.30 GMT. The free webinar is about how music can support patient care. Find out more information through this link – you can also tweet us @HorizonsNHS #EdgeTalks

Until next week! In the meantime, do share your ideas on Twitter – @sch4change #s4ca

Best wishes
Leigh and the Horizons team

 

 

November 22nd 2017

Discussed: School for Change Agents Update November 22, 2017 | Change Agent Profile: Tony Longbone

Hi!

Welcome to this week’s newsletter.

There’s now just 12 weeks to go until the School for Change Agents starts!

The School for Change Agents starts on Thursday 15 February, 2018 with a live webinar at 3pm GMT. There will be a live webinar every Thursday for five weeks. Don’t worry if Thursday afternoons don’t work for you, because every live webinar is recorded and made available on our website, so you can watch at a time that is convenient for you.

You could also take inspiration from Leeanne Lockley (@lockley_leeanne) who has been encouraging colleagues to sign up for the School, and has already booked out space in the library at her Trust so they can all learn together!

Why join the School for Change Agents?

Joining the School for Change Agents will help you to build your skills with an ever-changing and evolving NHS. You’ll be able to hear about the latest in change and transformation thinking to help you in your role – and to help your colleagues and patients, too.

Each of our five modules is full of evidence-based research, as well as plenty of opportunities for interaction, and sharing learning.

If you complete the certification to become a certificated Change Agent, you can also claim Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points

Tony Longbone is a certificated Change Agent. He tells us about how his learning has helped his personal development, as well as develop services that support the patients he cares for:

“Hello, my name is Tony Longbone and I am currently employed as a Nursing Assistant at Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, working at the Kingsway Hospital.

“I first joined the School back in 2015 and have taken part every year since. I am still grateful for the introduction to the programme by my Care Maker Regional Coordinator.

“I joined the School initially as part of my personal development within my post but I also found that it supported me with improvement work I was undertaking, bringing a mobile dental service to the wards of the hospital I was based at with the Trust I was working with at the time.

“There are many things that bring me back to the School every year. The accessibility to the programme is a great help as it allows you to engage at different levels through participation in live webinars, watching the videos, in depth written modules, randomised coffee trials and the introduction of Break Out rooms last year was of real benefit as it allowed space to reflect on your learning journey. I have also found the School community a real support when encountering resistance and it has also supported me in growing my own network of people that share my passion for doing things differently and creating effective change. I have also been fortunate to make use of this network created through the School to support me with different events I have organised or been asked to speak at.

“I have used the learning from the School in a number of different ways through improvement projects I have undertaken and also when considering opportunities for change when joining my new Trust, I have also been able to share this learning with others by supporting them in implementing change within their own area both personally and professionally.

“The School has given me the confidence to look at larger scale change and given me the tools with which to undertake effective change projects that are sustainable, it has also helped me understand why it is important to engage staff at all levels when implementing change and the benefits of building strong partnerships for change. I have also spoken about learning from the School at both local and national levels when sharing my story of creating change within my environment and this has encouraged staff to participate in the School themselves.

“Engaging with the School has also helped me gain a better understanding of Twitter and its uses as I was initially encouraged to run my first tweet chat through the School and this experience has helped me in supporting the #TwitterDisco community in understanding their impact and growing the community itself along with giving me confidence in running a range of occasional tweet chats myself.”

A huge thank you to Tony for sharing his experiences!

We hope Tony’s story has got you thinking about how the School for Change Agents can help you, too.

Know someone who will also love the School for Change Agents?

Please feel free to forward this email to them! They can sign up to receive the newsletter by popping their email address in the link on this page

Can’t wait for February? Join in the conversation on Twitter – @Sch4Change #S4CA and on Facebook

Until next week,

Best wishes from Leigh and the Horizons team.

 

 

November 15th 2017

School for Change Agents Update: November 15, 2017 | We Need Your Help! | December Edge Talk

Thank you for signing up for the School for Change Agents!

We’re really looking forward to the new School term which starts on Thursday February 15, 2018.

We need your help!

Behind the scenes, we’re busy preparing lots of fabulous learning materials – and we’d like your help. We would love to know what kinds of topics and themes would you like School to cover. Is there anything you would like more of? Or less of?  Drop us a line at england-si.horizons@nhs.net. 

(If you’d like to see our content from previous years, have a look at our archive.)

Tell a Friend 

Do you know someone who might like to join the School for Change Agents? Please feel free to share this image – print it out and display it in your tea-making area; email it to your networks; share it on social media; the more the merrier!

Don’t forget, completing School for Change Agents earns CPD points.

Also, every live webinar is recorded and made available on our website, so don’t worry if you’re not free on Thursday afternoons.


Join in the Conversation

There’s already lots of lively discussion on social media – you can join in on Twitter @Sch4Change #S4CA and join our Facebook group. It’s a great way of meeting other change agents from across the country, and the world!

Music To Your Ears

You’re warmly invited to join us for our December Edge Talk, on Friday 1 December 2017 at 9.30am, about the power of music therapy.

Featuring Ignar Rip, and Grace Watts, the webinar will help you:

  • Learn how to use music to support patient care
  • Learn how to inspire and motivate family, patients, and staff
  • Learn how to use music as a method of patient and staff engagement.

Best wishes,
Leigh and the Horizons Team


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