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TMP Alumni Programme

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More than 200 people have participated in our Top Manager Programme, many of whom have senior roles in in the health and care system with responsibility for leading significant change in the way health and social care needs are met.

The complexity and sense of urgency that shapes the current agenda for health and social care is as pressing and as intractable as it has ever been. Historical boundaries of sector, profession, place and role no longer seem appropriate for the challenges we face, and we are all being called – as citizens and professionals – to find new ways of thinking and organising our services in response to the changing UK context.

Many of our TMP alumni have asked how they can get ongoing support in their leadership role and in how they approach new challenges. Our alumni programme has been designed in response to this.

How will you benefit from this programme?

You will be part of a peer learning community that will help you extend your TMP learning and apply it to your current context. The one-week programme offers a place to think and a space to work on the complex challenges of leadership at your level.

The programme will:

  • refresh and deepen your understanding of the core TMP concepts and practices, particularly how you work with complexity
  • focus on application – you are invited to bring your real work challenges (particularly intractable problems and dilemmas) to test the TMP ways of working
  • create an exchange between you, as senior system leaders, and policy-makers – national leaders and our own policy team; this will be designed as a two-way learning process
  • help you connect what you have learnt on TMP with the leadership challenges in a local community (Broadwater Farm) that you will visit for a day
  • give you access to a cross-sector leadership network based on your shared knowledge and experience of thinking through the practical, collective leadership challenges of our time, offering a peer resource you can call on with confidence.

What will you do on this programme

The alumni programme will have an explicit focus on becoming more fluent in the core practices from TMP and being able to apply them to your everyday work. The relationship with the three directors will shift into a more facilitative and collaborative relationship. Stafford Scott, community leader, will co-lead the field visit to Broadwater Farm in North London.

Who should attend

This new programme is open to anyone who has been a member of the TMP learning community at any stage since the programme began in 1989. It is also open to anyone who has been a participant on The King’s Fund Senior managers programme or the Leadership for Social Change Programme (2005), both of which drew on the same approach.


Allison Trimble is a Senior Leadership and Organisational Development Consultant at The Kings Fund. She has over 30 years’ experience in the regeneration, health and social care sectors, working with senior leaders in the public sector as well as frontline staff, patient leaders and community-bas...
David works in the leadership and organisational development team. He is a co-director of the Top Manager programme and the leadership development element of the Fund’s work to support third sector leaders. He is seconded part time as an adviser to the Sign up to Safety campaign to develop practi...
Matthew is part of the Fund’s leadership and organisational development team and works on a number of open leadership development programmes, from those aimed at new leaders to those aimed at the most senior clinical leaders. He also co-directs the Top Manager programme. Recent commissioned progr...
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