Leadership Academy | First resilience cohort graduate

The British Society of Echocardiography (BSE) is delighted to announce the graduation of the pilot cohort for the Leadership Academy's resilience programme in association with The Kairos Project.

The programme aimed to develop the leadership skills of echo team leaders to help support their teams at a time when resilience and wellbeing have been more crucial than ever.

The purpose of this programme was to exercise a duty of care:

  • to look after the wellbeing and resilience of NHS staff over the coming months through one-to-one coaching support, peer-to-peer facilitated group support and leadership learning modules;
  • to provide a safe space to process stress, change, and uncertainty in new workplace realities – often referred to as a VUCA environment (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, Ambiguous);
  • to provide NHS team leaders with tools and skills to build resilient teams to generate new ways of navigating difficult situations;
  • to generate group spaces for structured reflection, leadership learning, and constructive peer exchanges.

Eleven nationally representative members took part in the programme over a six month period, taking part in coaching sessions, webinars and peer learning sessions including a 'buddy' system. All the participants rated the programme's impact on driving change or improvement as significant or very significant, and the overall coaching experience was rated an incredible 9.8/10.

The anonymous quotes below were provided during the programme feedback:

"I was recently on a management training course and compared it with this project – I found the mix of the coaching, peer learning, buddy system and webinars in this project very helpful."

"The 1:1 buddy meetings have been a great opportunity to discuss any issues with a colleague who is in the same role as yourself - I found it extremely useful making these connections."

"Learnt some good practical skills to put into place as we move towards a psychologically secure workplace. My team also seem much less stressed."

The Society will continue to evaluate the impact of the programme and looks forward to providing similar opportunities to more members in the future.