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CDSL 2 - Leading Successful Services Today

Provider CPD Points Duration
Academyst61 Day
Clinical Director & Service Leader Acceleration Programme (CDSL) is a series of 3 single-day courses that can be taken together or in isolation, devised by Dr Sara Watkin (Clinical Service Lead of a £20 million highly complex, very profitable, acute service) and Mr Andrew Vincent, Specialist in Leadership, Behaviour & the Emerging Healthcare Landscape.
Programme 2 - Leading a Successful Service Today - is designed to ensure that the CD or Service Lead has the knowledge, skills, principles and insight to lead services in extremely difficult and increasingly risky conditions. Anything less than the right approach, applied well, increases service vulnerability by undermining motivation, drive, engagement and morale, as well as resulting in inertia and a failure to achieve, transform or even stabilise. These are vital principles that often mark the difference between service success and failure and yet still too many underestimate the importance of getting this right.
Pricing Structure
Our Easyjet-style pricing means places start at £195 + VAT for the first 5 places, step to £230 + VAT for the next block and then revert to the standard price of £265 + VAT. It's not time-related, it's 'places available at' and so it pays to book swiftly to secure one of the lower price places.
This means that you get the best price available by booking early but it does require payment at the time of booking, as the place is attached to you and that denies someone else the chance. In the event study leave is declined, refunds are issued according to standard terms & conditions.
Includes Insights Learning Package
Important Baseline Learning at zero charge (normally £125.00)
To ensure you get the best from the course itself, we'll direct you to undertake specific sections of this programme series so that you turn up with a thorough understanding of the emerging context, including recent changes. The package lasts for 12 months though so you can deepen your understanding over time. It includes:
  • 12 Months on-demand access
  • 20+ hours of CPD (constantly growing)
  • Highest possible quality video- and audio-narrated slide presentations (mostly live captured)
  • Interactive platform - ask questions, debate, share experiences
  • Quarterly bulletin of updates
  • Integrated with latest news & comment

Please note, allow 8 hours for this vital pre-course preparation for the programme you are attending, unless you have undertaken the programme before.

Included in this course

This highly intensive, 1-day course also comes with additional e-learning support to ensure you develop a true depth across both leadership and transformation. All materials, refreshments, a light lunch and a CPD Certificate are provided too

Pre-course Preparation

There is a certain amount of pre-course preparation to be undertaken to get the best from the course. Not only are CPD points included due to the nature of this pre-course but it ensures that you turn up ready to learn and apply to your own unique context. Pre-course includes:

Online Learning - Insights

  • Designed to ensure sufficient system knowledge
  • Ensures practical, focused approach on the day
  • Helps training to be seen in its true context
  • Allow 8 hours for this preparation 


Understanding leadership from the service lead's context
  • The context of leadership today - setting the scene
  • Strategic leadership of services and organisations
  • How leadership differs from management
  • The leader as catalyst
  • Transformational, distributed leadership
  • Leading through consensus
  • Creating distributed leadership & responsibility
  • The WILL, SKILL, CAPACITY, AUTHORITY model (Enablement)

Enablement for Achievement

  • Ensuring your team has motivation and drive, even today
  • Intrinsic versus extrinsic motivation
  • The propensity to act with both urgency and judgement
  • What insight & skills do services need today
  • The capacity to achieve - better organising strategies
  • Platform for achievement - supporting & driving non-clinical progress
  • Fostering a sense of belonging, ownership & responsibility

6 Core Components of Effective Leadership

  • Inspiring trust & confidence
  • Strategy & direction - a how to guide
  • Aligning systems & processes - unsticking & de-frustrating
  • Knowing the people - what you need to know and how to use it best
  • Releasing potential - an action plan
  • Influencing, communicating and engaging
  • Understanding each component in depth
  • Practical application of each component

Applying Leadership to Difficult Scenarios

  • Overcoming inertia and paralysis
  • Leadership in crises
  • Leading transformation & turnaround
  • Stimulating genuine innovation

Course Dates

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  • First Five Delegates: £195.00
  • Next Five Delegates: £230.00
  • Standard Price: £265.00

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More Information & Compelling Reasons

Why Academyst?

Healthcare is tough today and the training you receive must adequately address that reality. No idealism or wishy-washy, overly academic regurgitation, just focused, bang up-to-date, hard-hitting, highly practical courses designed to address the things you need to be very good at today. Equally, your study leave time and budget are both scarce and precious. We won’t waste your time, we work hard to provide the very best training at professionally sustainable fees (lower than many) and we NEVER compromise on learning quality. Other practical reasons include:

  • 100% Money-back Guarantee
  • Just 12 Participants Per Course (Academyst Select)
  • Extremely experienced faculty with seniority & genuine gravitas
  • Many courses are augmented by significant additional e-learning for depth
  • Academyst Select Courses

Academyst Select is a truly comprehensive approach to supporting you from both the learning perspective and in how you use or implement that learning. By operating with reduced participants and days i.e. only working with comparatively few individuals, we are able to provide an unmatched and truly enabling level of support.

Academyst Select courses have as standard:

  • Open dialogue with the team and more targeted advice on your specific issues
  • Access to ongoing implementation advice
  • Full-sized PDFs of all slides used
  • Implementation Guide to help you apply principles and learning
  • Implementation Materials – actual documents, slides & models that you can use

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