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Evaluation of the Leading Integrated System Level Change Programme

Tuesday 6 January 2015

The Advancing Quality Alliance (AQuA) is a membership organisation supporting NHS commissioners, providers and their partners. In April 2014, AQuA began delivery of a new support programme ‘Leading Integrated System Level Change 2014/15’.

The programme involves a series of master classes on large-scale change and complex adaptive system theory and distributed leadership. It also includes the Integrated Care Fellowship Programme and International Exchange Programme. Paul Plsek and The King’s Fund are working in partnership with AQuA to deliver the programme. Bespoke coaching support is also available as a draw-down offer.

The programme is aimed at senior leaders from health and social care organisations, who have authority to take decisions and influence change within their organisations and across the local health and social care system. The participating economies are: Central Manchester, Bolton, Wigan, East Cheshire, Trafford, Oldham and Pennine / East Lancashire. Wirral initially joined the programme, but have currently withdrawn from engagement.

In May 2014 OPM was commissioned to undertake an independent evaluation of the Leading Integrated System Level Change programme. The aims of the evaluation are to provide an understanding of how the programme supports large scale system change, and to explore the transferability of the model to other system level reforms. The evaluation also aims to explore the value added by the International Exchange Programme and the AQuA Fellowship. AQuA will use the external feedback to shape the programme and demonstrate its impact.

This report presents the emerging findings at an interim stage of the evaluation.