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Systems Go! Cross-sector Partnering for Change in Health and Care

King's Fund via FutureLearn


Unpack the challenges of health equity

The UK’s health and care system is at a moment of national crisis. It is grappling with persistent health inequalities, over-stretched services and an exhausted workforce.

To address these challenges effectively, there needs to be bold, radical action that moves the system to a preventive approach – one that focuses on promoting health rather than simply treating illnesses.

On this three-week course, you’ll discover how to address the most serious challenges facing the health and care sector through effective and collaborative partnerships.

Understand how partnerships can address health inequalities

You’ll start by understanding how effective partnerships should leverage the collective intelligence, creativity and resilience of local stakeholders working for a common cause.

Through this exploration, you’ll also discover the challenges of cross-sector partnerships and how you can overcome these issues.

Learn what makes systems change

Next, you’ll delve into the purpose and role of partnerships and how they can unite teams to drive change.

You’ll learn how to use the lived and learned expertise of those within partnerships to create systems change.

Develop key skills in systems leadership

Finally, you’ll gain the practical skills in systems leadership to drive crucial change in your healthcare context.

Learning from the experts at The King’s Fund, you’ll understand how partnerships are central to tackling complex problems and ensuring the future of health and care systems.

This course is designed for those working in leadership roles in the healthcare sector.

You could be a leader in the voluntary and community sector, an NHS leader, a local government and social care leader, or those working on integrated care boards.


  • The story of self
    • Welcome
    • Personal foundations
    • Partnership foundations
  • The story of us
    • Purpose and identity
    • Knowing and doing
  • The story of now
    • Making change happen
    • Making change stick

Taught by

Dr Simon Newitt


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