Programme outline

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New Horizons uses a blended approach to learning with work required before & after each learning day.  While all learners are different you should expect to spend around 8 hours per month on this.

New Horizons includes 8 learning days:

All sessions will be held via Microsoft Teams.  Full attendance at all days is required.

Participants will be expected to apply their learning in the workplace between the sessions and commit to sharing their own reflections and learning with cohort colleagues.


Aims of the programme

New Horizons aims to facilitate the development of leadership capability and capacity of the new and emerging leaders in the health, social care, and social work system.  It is an opportunity to connect with fellow leaders, to share experiences and expertise, and to learn from each other.

Key learning outcomes


Reflecting on, understanding, and developing yourself as a person and as a leader:

  • Demonstrate willingness to change ideas or perceptions based on new information or contrary evidence
  • Demonstrate critical self-reflection and judgement
  • Reflect on situations that arouse strong emotions and/or personal bias or preference in self, and whether own behaviours in these situations are appropriate
  • Apply strategies from a range of models in communications about varied matters, in a range of situations
  • Seek to understand reasons for obstacles and to find ways to overcome
  • Invite feedback from colleagues and partners to improve own behaviour

Creativity and innovation

Finding different ways of thinking and doing:

  • Pro-actively share information and learning with colleagues
  • Seek information and ideas from colleagues
  • Think laterally and creatively to resolve problems with transparency
  • Seek opportunities for development in order to achieve desired change

Collaboration and influencing

Leading and working together for better outcomes:

  • Choose communication strategies that make own and others' assumptions visible
  • Observe personal impact in interactions with others and adapt behaviour appropriately
  • Reflect on the extent of transparency and fairness in own work practices
  • Able to work in partnership across departments and organisations to deliver the very best service
  • Take into account 'what matters' to service users and staff


Seeing what is possible for people who use services, carers, and communities now and in the future:

  • Apply/demonstrate the values of the organisation in all work activites
  • Treat people with respect
  • Seek to understand and respond to people's individual needs
  • Ask good questions to challenge current thinking
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the real, underlying needs of service users and staff

Motivating and inspiring

Leading by example and supporting others to be the best they can be:

  • Identify opportunities for own development and career management
  • Take responsibility for own behaviour
  • Acknowledge the work and contribution of others
  • Give people clear, sensitive, and appropriate feedback in a way that helps them improve and develop
  • Encourage active contribution form a range of stakeholders


Enabling others to develop and use their own leadership capacity:

  • Identify ways to support others in making improvements
  • Apply the principles of knowledge management
  • Encourage people in different departments and organisations to share knowledge and practice
  • Demonstrate own, and support others', leadership behaviours