Leadership Skills Workshops

Dare to Lead

We have recruited 2 cohorts of staff to undertake Dare to Lead training, a leadership approach based on the work of US bestselling author and researcher Brene Brown; exploring topics such as, vulnerability, living into our values, braving trust and learning to rise. These individuals will be sharing their learning through a UHP community of practice. If you are interested in being considered for future Dare to Lead training, or taking part in spreading the philosophy throughout UHP as a leader please contact plh-tr.ac2eleadership@nhs.net

For more information about Dare to Lead please take a look at the following links.

Brene describing Dare to Lead

Brene Brown’s Ted Talk is an excellent summary of her work on vulnerability

Or take a look at this excellent illustration:

Dare to lead graphic


Who do you think you are?

UHP is offering its leaders the opportunity to better understand themselves through personality typing and coaching. This can work one of two ways:

  1. Organise a personality typing session and book a single coaching conversation to better understand the implications of the results and how you might choose to reflect and approach leadership in light of the new knowledge. Do this by emailing plh-tr.ac2eleadership@nhs.net with “Who do you think you are?” in the subject line.
  2. Arrange a block of coaching sessions to explore leadership challenges and improve your self-awareness and understanding. Coaching is a proven technique that enables recipients to raise awareness and grow into their potential. Email rachelcarr4@nhs.net to find out more.


Time to connect

A twenty minute activity to grow a sense of connection within teams and begin to normalise and prioritise time for team members to spend time together on a human level. The format is simple and effective, but also most participants say enjoyable and really important. Facilitated by team psychologist, Julia Bird and team, Time to Connect is a great way to build trust and connection in teams that are often too busy to build relationships with one another. If you are interested in booking an introductory session in for your team please contact plh-tr.ac2eleadership@nhs.net with the subject header ‘Time to Connect’.


The Story of Us

Want to develop your story telling skills and share your experience of working at UHP at the same time? Story telling is proven to be one of the most effective ways to connect and influence others, and the ability to build a coherent vision and compelling narrative as a leader is a useful skill to have in your toolbox! It has also been shown to be more effective than data and evidence at shifting the mindset and behaviour of others.

Take a 5 minute look here

You will be supported by professional authors and a dramatist to understand the skill of storytelling, grow your skills and give voice to your experiences at UHP over a number of 2 hour group workshops. The resultant stories will be presented at a variety of senior forums to shape focus and improved staff experience going forwards. And you can take your improved communication and engagement skills back to the workplace to share with your team. Book by emailing plh-tr.ac2eleadership@nhs.net and using ‘The Story of Us’ in the subject line.


What leadership habits build purpose, hope and respect?

Interactive discussion led by Lin Nicholls and Richard Best – we hope to provoke good debate and learn together about great practice?


Lin Nicholls


Lin Nicholls has worked at UHP for 39 years in various leadership roles. Most of her career has been in the nursing field, predominantly as a ward manager.

In 2019 she joined the Quality Academy as Quality Improvement Lead.  Her focus during this time has been working alongside over 50 teams within UHP. The most rewarding part of this has been helping colleagues, leaders and teams with team health and improvement practices.


Richard Best

Richard is the Director of Improvement at University Hospitals Plymouth and leads the People First Programmer and the Quality Academy.

Richard has a passion for enabling people to feel empowered and has a wealth of experience from 22 years in automotive, shoes, aerospace industries. He also considerable NHS operational experience having worked in Welsh Health board and many operational roles including COO for 2 acutes. He has also completed the inaugural Intersect Public Sector System Transformation course working with health systems across England.

He hopes you will actively participate in the sessions supporting leadership insights in May.


Leadership Schwartz Round

Wednesday 25th May 13.00 - 14.00h  ‘The stories behind our masks’

A Schwartz round with a focus on a story around leadership. As always, the Schwartz Round offers a unique place to cross the boundary between the personal and the professional and try to explore the emotional impact of leadership at work.  If you are interested in attending please email plh-tr.ac2eleadership@nhs.net with the subject title ‘Leadership Schwartz Round’ or sign up via Eventbrite here and we will then send a diary invite with the Zoom link.

There are also Information sessions across the month for those who may not know what Schwartz Rounds are and for you to find out more.


Schwartz Rounds - what’s that got to do with leadership?

A chance to find out more about Schwartz Rounds and their relationship to you, your team and leadership.

  • Friday 6th May 12.30 – 13.30
  • Thursday 12th May 09.00 – 10.00
  • Thursday 19th May 12.00 -13.00
  • Monday 23rd May 16.30 – 17.30

Sign up via the Eventbrite main calendar


AC2E Your Voice Sessions

Learning from Excellence, Just and Learning Culture, Leader’s Health and Wellbeing

The Your Voice Sessions are for everybody – an opportunity to take part in a discussion about the topic and share your thoughts, experiences and ideas. Give yourself an hour to have a conversation with people from different parts of the trust and find out what matters to all of us.

LfE Your Voice session 9th May 1100 – 1200 Click here to join the meeting or sign up via Eventbrite

Other sessions still TBC

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