Top Manager Programme

The King's Fund

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  • 20 days
  • in person

The King's Fund


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Who should attend

This programme is for senior people in any health and social care organisation – public, private and third sector. You may already be a director, or aspiring to be one, or a clinician in a leadership or managerial position. Your role will require you to lead across boundaries within or across organisations.

We know that organisations flourish and new ideas come when the workforce is diverse. We also know that particular groups are underrepresented in senior leadership positions. We therefore especially encourage people from BME backgrounds, in senior clinical roles or from third sector and local government organisations to join the programme.

About the course

The Top Manager Programme (TMP) has a 30-year history of developing senior leaders. Health and social care services continue to face increasing economic pressures, changing demographics, increasing public expectations and all the time health inequalities are widening.

How will you benefit from this programme?

In 2015 the Rose and Smith reviews recommended that development programmes for leaders in health and social care should:

  • be substantial enough to allow people time to reflect on what they have learned and to form cohorts with peers
  • focus on how to handle change and uncertainty
  • develop the ability to lead in a networked or group structure
  • be open across all health and care sectors with a focus on systems leadership

TMP meets these recommendations.

The learning is multi-layered: you learn a lot about yourself and how others see you; you experience and learn about the dynamics that arise within systems and organisations and develop the practices to help you lead well in times of uncertainty and complexity.

There is a focus on connecting with and creating shared purpose and developing the political and emotional intelligence needed when leading in senior roles in an increasingly demanding environment. The external context is held in mind throughout; the programme provides you with access to key players working in the forefront of health and social care policy. It also provides access to people and services leading the way in thinking differently about the provision of health and social care.

Developing resilience and compassion are key both for yourself and in working to create cultures that will sustain and nurture those working in and served by your organisations.

The programme is not about gaining basic technical managerial skills – we assume that as senior leaders you already have these.

What will you do on this programme?

Drawing on the Tavistock tradition, group work provides the core learning approach in TMP. For the duration of the programme, the TMP community creates a temporary system, with all of its inherent dynamics. This provides a live system in which to study, learn, practise and experiment. Through your active participation in the different study groups you develop your self-awareness and explore how you relate to others and them to you, how you take up and use your authority with integrity and authenticity and what happens between different parts of a system.

Issues of power, authority, conflict, role, difference, change and transition are examined in depth.

In addition to the study groups you will participate in experiential workshops; visit different organisations, including those that create policy and frontline community services; debate ideas with guest speakers and apply your learning to the changes you want to lead in your workplace and system.

The learning continues beyond the programme. There are alumni events, and many TMP alumni remain in contact with fellow participants throughout their careers, calling on each other for ideas, support and challenge.


Allison Trimble

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...

Mark Patterson

Mark works in the leadership and organisational development team. He has extensive experience of delivering development interventions across the health and social care system. Before joining The King’s Fund, Mark held a number of senior strategic roles within the NHS, UK civil service and local ...

Matthew Rice

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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