On Friday 9 February, 160 of London's health and care leaders gathered at the Mayor of London's City Hall. Despite the cold and the rain, the day quickly warmed up with a series of speeches, workshops and a lively panel discussion on "Is inclusion nothing more than a buzzword?" The day brought together delegates from all professional backgrounds and across London's health system to broaden perspectives, make new networks and encourage people to think about how #LondonIsOpenMinded in healthcare.
Amanda Coyle welcomed delegates to the GLA and outlined the Mayor of London's vision for inclusion and how the GLA is working with leaders across health and care to focus on child health, mental health and reducing health inequalities. Amanda was followed by Alwen Williams, Chief Executive of Barts Health NHS Trust and Chair of the London Leadership Academy, who spoke on 'What does it take to lead in London?' Alwen's inspiring speech desribed how NHS leadership is 'deeply personal' and she encouraged other leaders to put diversity and inclusion at the heart of staff engagement.
Our morning keynote was delivered by June Sarpong MBE who spoke passionately about the NHS and the need to diversify at every level of leadership before joining our panel of experts to debate the quetsion 'Inclusion is nothing more than a buzzword'. You can follow our inclusion debate on Storify here.
After a lively debate, delegates broke into their workshop choices exploring 'How do we create inclusive talent pipelines that reach the top?', 'Building a Landscape of Trust' and 'Being in a System, Doing in a System, Delivering in a System' facilitated by Sarah Law, Susie Boyle, Megan Reitz, Eitan Reich and Debbie Sorkin.
At lunch we heard four 'pop-up pitches' from Thrive LDN, Kings Health Partners Mind and Body Programme, the London Fire Brigade and College of Policing about the incredible work leaders are contributing to the health of our city across sectors. NHS Leadership Academy Chair Peter Homa CBE then delivered the afternoon keynote speech on his 'Reflections of a Leader: We live life forwards and understand it backwards' where he encouraged the audience to take time for themselves in order to lead others well.
The Summit came to a close with a beautiful sunset over the London skyline as Director of the London Leadership Academy, Anne-Marie Archard, reflected on how it's the personal NHS stories and experiences that shape us all as leaders across London's health and care. The day was filled with inspirational stories and connections, giving attendees space and time to think about their own leadership journey and how they can lead London more inclusively. Thank you to all our speakers, facilitators, panellists, delegates - and of course the LLA team who operate behind the scenes to deliver a brilliant event.
“What a fabulous day at the #LondonisOpenMinded summit. Inspiring speeches and conversations all around - I loved hearing what leaders across the #NHS are doing to promote inclusion and diversity in their organisations. #LeadLDN”
“Great day at @NHSLLA London is Open minded event. Loved the panel session this morning with @junesarpong sharing her story and key insights from her new book Diversify. Great to see someone from my childhood still talking about important issues in this stage of my life #LeadLDN”
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