RCN Leadership

System Leadership Programme

Impact and influence - a system leadership approach

The RCN System Leadership Programme will develop your understanding of system leadership, and help you to implement changes to policy and practice in your workplace.

About this programme

This two day programme explores how you lead yourself and others to achieve collaborative influence and impact in the changing system of health and social care.

You will hear from influential guest speakers: current and former politicians, Directors of Nursing, Chief Executives and others, who will provide examples of policy making within the health and social care sector.

This programme is suitable for all health care professionals working at Level 8 or equivalent.


Delivery method

This programme is delivered over two consecutive days and includes a pre-course workbook and elements of self-directed learning. 

Programme content

Day 1

  • Understanding system leadership
  • Considering the human dynamics related to changing roles and organisational boundaries
  • Developing your system leadership ambition
  • Influence services and health care outcomes through political leadership

Day 2*

  • Understanding your local context
  • Working effectively with local members of parliament
  • Integrated health and social care delivery systems
  • Opportunity to practice your political influencing skills using personalised case studies

*Day 2 developed in collaboration with Eden & Partners Ltd.

Upcoming programmes:

RCN System Leadership Programme (Online delivery)

Please note, due to Covid-19, the RCN System Leadership Programme will be delivered virtually for the remainder of 2020. The programme content will be delivered over four half days rather than two full days.

Day 1: 1st September 2020, 9.00am-12.30pm

Day 2: 2nd September 2020, 9.00am-12.30pm

Day 3: 8th September 2020, 9.00am-12.30pm

Day 4: 9th September 2020, 9.00am-12.30pm

Political Leadership Programme participant

"Outstanding; so informative, thought provoking and reflective."

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Leadership Development, Royal College of Nursing, 20 Cavendish Square, Room 207, London, W1G 0RN


0207 647 3485

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Important notice

From the 10th of October 2019, we will no longer be working in conjunction with the ILM for the purpose of future commissions and programme deliveries.

We are in the process of seeking an alternative provider to work with for external quality assurance and enhanced benefits to our programmes.  

If you have any enquires about this, or other enquiries about our leadership offers, please do not hesitate to contact us on 0207 647 3485 or leadershipdevelopment@rcn.org.uk.

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