Leading Healthier Places 2021/22 - Support for care and health leaders

Leading healthier places 2021-22
Our range of leadership development events, workshops and publications will help you transform your local systems.


We know local leaders want to help their communities stay healthy and receive the best possible care. Transforming our care and health system is vital to be able to meet these challenges.

Our range of leadership development events, workshops and publications will help you transform your local systems

Supporting political and clinical leadership

The Local Government Association (LGA) works with NHS Clinical Commissioners to jointly provide free support to health and wellbeing board (HWB) leaders, through the political and clinical leadership offer set out below. All our sessions are aimed at:

  • health and wellbeing board chairs/vice chairs
  • council leaders
  • clinical commissioning group (CCG) chairspo
  • portfolio-holders/lead members with responsibility for adult social care
  • portfolio-holders/lead members for public health
  • elected members with a place on the health and wellbeing board
  • any other leading political role in a health and care system or devolution arrangement.


If you are new to a leading role in a health and care system, this free induction session will brief you on the policy issues, look at leadership challenges, and relate both to your local area. As well as hearing from a range of participants across the health and care system, you will hear about further support on our offer and have plenty of opportunity for discussion and networking.

Contact: CHIP@local.gov.uk

Leadership essentials

For anyone wanting to strengthen the leadership of your local health and care systems, these events are a must attend. These free two-day residential courses are an opportunity to reflect on the challenges of being a leader in health and social care, and to share experiences and learn from each other. Using the LGA’s tried and tested approach to leadership development, the programme will be led by LGA peers and national partners and will focus on a range of current and crucial issues.

  • Leading healthier places, 2-3 November 2021: The programme will explore leadership within the current policy and practice context, including the Health and Care Bill, changes to public health, implications of COVID , adult social care funding and reform, and ongoing health and care integration. These free two-day residential sessions aim to support members in navigating the complex environment and leading their HWBs to be as effective as they can be.
  • Adult social care portfolio holders, 2-3 November 2021: Reflecting joint responsibilities across health and care, this free event for those with cabinet level responsibility for adult social care will run simultaneously with the health and wellbeing course linked by shared speakers and facilitators. Joint sessions will provide a wider networking opportunity.

Contact: Grace Collins on 020 7664 3054 or grace.collins@local.gov.uk

Annual summit

Our flagship annual summit is held in March each year for political and clinical leaders in care and health. This is an opportunity to hear from keynote speakers, share good practice and network. The focus is on the leadership of HWBs and their pivotal position in leading prevention in place, through links and influences on the wider determinants of health.

Leading change locally

HWBs are statutory forums where political, clinical, professional and community leaders from across the care and health system come together to improve the health and wellbeing of their local population and reduce health inequalities. They have been in place since 2013 and are a single point of continuity in a constantly shifting health and care landscape. Since their creation, the context in which HWBs operate has become more pressured and complex. Reflecting this, more detail of the range of free support for HWBs and other leading care and health partnerships can be found below:

Tailored support

We provide free and completely tailored support for your HWB, or group of HWBs working together. We will invest time in understanding your context, challenges and relationships and in scoping the most effective support to meet your requirements, either as a one off facilitated workshop or an ongoing series of interventions and support. This could include:

  • workshops with senior teams and elected members to explore the role of the HWB, and to review and refresh its vision and priorities in the new context.
  • strengthening the role of the HWB both within ‘place’ and the wider system architecture; identifying the points of influence and its role in maximizing health and wellbeing outcomes for local populations.
  • signposting to examples of good practice, and encouraging peer to peer learning

We aim to provide the best match from our highly credible and experienced bank of associates and elected member peers to deliver this support to you. We will design something unique or draw upon our tested tools and support packages, to design what best meets your needs.

Email:  integration@local.gov.uk

When worlds collide workshops: How local government and NHS leaders can work more effectively together

This workshop is delivered on site for separate groupings of elected members and NHS leaders. The two parallel workshops explore organisational differences and how health and care leaders can work more effectively. The offer is flexible and can be tailored to meet your needs.

Email:  integration@local.gov.uk

Shifting the centre of gravity: Integrated leadership tool

This half day session will enable local health and wellbeing system leaders to identify what more is needed to escalate the scale and pace of integration. The workshop can be adapted to a range of complex situations, including across diverse structures or multiple planning and commissioning footprints.

Email:  integration@local.gov.uk

System Transformation Peer Support Programme

The LGA with NHS Providers and the NHS Confederation have come together to develop a uniquely sector-led approach which offers support to Integrated Care Systems (ICSs), ‘places’ and neighbourhoods to help navigate and implement the expectations set out in the Health and Care Bill, with a focus on strengthening relationships and developing collaborative partnership working both within and between health and local government. Support can be focused on strategic aspirations or to explore the strength of system leadership through the lens of a specific theme or challenge.

Email:  integration@local.gov.uk

Regional leadership networks for health and wellbeing

We are working jointly with NHS England/Improvement and NHS Confederation to support networking of elected members and NHS chairs. There are currently networks in both West Midlands and the East Midlands.

Email:  integration@local.gov.uk