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.
29 June 2021, 10.00am - 3.00pm
Virtual event
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: The programme will explore leadership within the current policy and practice context, including the NHS White Paper and Bill, changes to public health, implications of COVID response and recovery, adult social care funding and reform, and ongoing health and care integration.
    These free two-day residential sessions aim to support members in navigating their complex environment and leading their HWBs to be as effective as they can be.
    14-15 July 2021
    2-3 November 2021
  • Adult social care portfolio holders: 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.
    2-3 November 2021

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, other health and care related partnership, 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. A few examples of previous support initiatives included:

  • workshops with senior teams and elected members to explore vision and priorities
  • support and challenge for improving outcomes and performance
  • support in delivering transformation.

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.

Contact: katherine.mitchell@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.

Contact: katherine.mitchell@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.

Contact: katherine.mitchell@local.gov.uk

NHS collaboration peer support for local systems

The LGA with NHS Providers, NHS Clinical Commissioners and the NHS Confederation have come together to develop a uniquely sector-led approach which offers support for sustainability and transformation plans (STP) and local systems which voluntarily seek help from within the sector.

Contact: rebecca.gale@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.

Contact: katherine.mitchell@local.gov.uk

Care and health improvement

In addition, the sector-led improvement care and health improvement programme provides a range of support for social care, integration and health as well as supporting the transforming care programme for people with learning disabilities and/or autism.

More information on the extensive range of resources and support available for councillors and officers can be found at www.local.gov.uk/chip

Leading public health and prevention

In “the decade of prevention”, HWBs are uniquely placed to set a long-term vision for ‘the place’.

This is due to their statutory basis, democratic accountability, roots into and knowledge of the local community, as well as links to the wider determinants of health. HWBs, councils and elected members have a pivotal role in leading health improvement and prevention in place.

System-wide care and health prevention peer challenge

This free peer challenge covers public health – tackling wider determinants of health: prevention, population health and reducing health inequalities. Peer challenge involves a team of trained peers from across local government and health spending three days with key officers, elected members and other system leaders across local government, health

and other partners examining opportunities and challenges that the local system is facing. Peers champion change and recognise excellence and the achievements of the places they are invited to visit.

They understand the pressures and challenges of leading in complex environments and are there to offer challenge by acting as critical friends.

Contact: kay.burkett@local.gov.uk

Prevention matters: How elected members can improve the health of their community

This is a full day training session for elected members which covers the context of the current health and care system and explores the social determinants of health, the benefit of investing in prevention, how all the council’s activities can have a positive impact on health improvement and prevention, and what makes an elected member an effective champion in their communities. These training days are open to all elected members, including those from district or upper tier authorities, and those with cabinet portfolio responsibilities as well as those without. The sessions can be delivered in a single council or in a central location for a group of councils.

Contact: katherine.mitchell@local.gov.uk

Health in all policies workshop: Wider determinants

This one day facilitated self-assessment offer involves a small peer team facilitating a challenge and action planning workshop on site. The team will undertake pre-work to understand your context to prepare for the workshop. This offer aims to foster an understanding of the wider determinants of health and wellbeing across the system/place and provide an opportunity to self-assess and explore steps that can be taken to embed health in all policies locally

across organisations, eg through health and wellbeing board/s, STP/ICS and their plans. This will support political leaders and HWBs engagement in the public health, prevention and health improvement agenda of the wider system.

Contact: katherine.mitchell@local.gov.uk

Support for public health teams

We also provide support for directors of public health and their teams, working with ADPH regional networks. For example:

  • tailored support to councils for risk of underperformance in public health
  • facilitated sessions for the public health risk self-assessment tool
  • peer training.

Contact: kay.burkett@local.gov.uk

Other resources

‘Must know’ publications

The ‘must know’ resources are a long-standing and free source of information which focus on the key issues facing local leaders of care and support. The resources explore questions and challenges in key areas of health and adult social care, from a member perspective and are updated on a rolling basis. They include the following topics:

  • integrated care
  • prevention
  • mental health
  • loneliness
  • personalisation
  • safeguarding
  • obesity
  • suicide prevention.

Publications and case studies

A comprehensive list of the LGA’s publication and case studies featuring best practice, briefings, guidance and more are available on the LGA website.