Leadership Academy | Building resilience in challenging times

As we continue to face the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and its lasting impact on society, the British Society of Echocardiography (BSE) is aware of the toll it is taking on many teams. We are therefore delighted to announce the launch of the first pilot project of our new Leadership Academy.

In collaboration with The Kairos Project, we aim to develop the leadership skills of echo team leaders to help support their teams over the coming months, at a time when resilience and wellbeing are more crucial than ever.

The purpose of this programme is to exercise a duty of care:

  • to look after the wellbeing and resilience of NHS staff over the coming months through one-to-one coaching support, peer-to-peer facilitated group support and leadership learning modules;
  • to provide a safe space to process stress, change, and uncertainty in new workplace realities – often referred to as a VUCA environment (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, Ambiguous);
  • to provide NHS team leaders with tools and skills to build resilient teams to generate new ways of navigating difficult situations;
  • to generate group spaces for structured reflection, leadership learning, and constructive peer exchanges.

We are looking for six participants to take part in this pilot project to help us develop an impactful leadership programme that could be rolled out to the wider BSE membership.

Dr Tom Ingram, Chair of the BSE’s Clinical Standards Committee, said ‘This is a fantastic opportunity for echo leaders to equip themselves with resources to support and develop their teams, especially at such a difficult time. This key area of personal development is often neglected, especially when we are busy, but it’s crucial to ensure that we have the mental toolkits required to cope with those stressful situations.

We look forward to working with The Kairos Project on this pilot, and we hope that this will form the basis for further opportunities for BSE members in the future.

Applications are open to members of the British Society of Echocardiography until Monday 30 November 2020.

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