Leadership Essentials Conference

Thursday, 25th January, 2018 9:00am to 5:00pm

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About the Day

We are thrilled to have Professor Martin Elliott, one of the country’s leading paediatric surgeons who has served as co-medical director at The Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children joining us as our key note speaker. Professor Elliott has led teams in complex operations, managed large departments, and been at the forefront of medical and operational innovations for three decades.

In an area where there is nowhere to hide (success and failure are a matter of life and death; families demand answers, and children ask blunt questions about what’s happening to them), Martin has worked to create a culture of accountability without blame. Allowing for failure as long as there is insight from that failure and enabling others to highlight errors regardless of their role or seniority.

With stories from his career, as well as the wider health service, Martin provides practical insights into innovation, leadership and culture, as well as a fascinating look at the surgery, holding a life in your hands, and what surgeons really think.

The Workshops

Delegates will have the opportunity to take part in three of four available workshops, which will provide insight into the key leadership skills that are needed for their current roles and for the future in the NHS. Workshop details below:

Operational Leadership – Resilient Leadership

Delivered by Berkshire Consultancy this workshop will explore how with the NHS constantly under the spotlight our leaders need to be able to be resilient in times of challenge and transformation. A resilient leader is self-aware, emotionally intelligent and thrives in times of change.

Taken from the Resilient Leadership session from the Operational Leadership series, this workshop will begin to explore how leaders can build resilience to improve how they can look after themselves effectively as well as lead others in a way that engages and motivates.

Supporting Transformation – Leading into the Future

Delivered by Ove Arup, this session will start to look at the practicalities of managing current and future change, maintaining engagement and vision, ensuring return on investment and being an ambassador of change.  This workshop will encourage delegates to see beyond immediate changes, and to look at how they can continue to develop their skills in an environment of continuous transition.

Selected from the popular Supporting Transformation programme this workshop will give participants a flavour for the 5 day programme and an insight to one of the many topics covered.

Coaching Skills

Coaching as a leadership style aims to use a questioning technique to release the potential of colleagues. In turn, this allows individuals, teams and organisations to reach further and continue to evolve. A coaching culture is one of limitless potential. Equipping leaders with the skills to coach rather than instruct will help to encourage innovation, learning and focus on the broader issues.

Delivered by Ed Tempest, Managing Director of Taganga LTD and one of EMLA’s faculty coaches, this workshop will give you an understanding of the tools and techniques that are used in coaching conversations that can then be utilized in the work place.

Relationships and Connectivity

This snapshot look at EMLA’s Relationships and Connectivity offer will be delivered by Ioda LTD. Here you can expect to learn about how our personal and professional connections can affect our ability to build relationships - which in turn affects our ability to deliver outcomes and results.

The workshop is designed to examine the nature of relationships that we form, what works for us and how the things we are do can lead to relationships either not forming at all, or breaking down quickly when they are formed.

Who Should Attend?

This conference is aimed at all leaders across EMLA’s membership organisations, who want to know more about what our programmes offer, and how these can support you and your teams in your leadership journeys. If you are unsure if your organisation has membership, please check here.


To fully subscribed member organisations, costs are included in your subscription and no fee is applicable.  

How to Book

To book your place, simply follow the purple 'sign up for event' link at the top of this page and register your details. You will be sent a confirmation of your place within one working week. Please note, places are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis.


*Timings subject to change

Trent Vineyard Conference Centre

Easter Park, Lenton Lane, Nottingham, NG7 2PX
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