Local system support

What is the peer support offer?


We have teamed up with The Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADDAS), the Local Government Association (LGA), NHS Clinical Commissioners (NHSCC), NHS Confederation and ADDAS to offer support for sustainability and transformation partnerships (STPs), integrated care systems (ICSs) and local health and care systems until September 2020.


We are offering local systems a suite of support tailored to your needs. This includes peer challenge, off the shelf and bespoke workshops and peer mentoring. We aim to help system partners to forge new collaborative relationships, build shared understanding and agree next steps. All support is free for members.

Jointly, our organisations represent and bring together local commissioners, providers of NHS care and local authorities, giving us unique credibility and authority as a partnership with a uniquely sector-led approach. We are uniquely qualified and equipped to support local leaders to build effective relationships. 


Support tailored to you


We have four levels of support we can offer your local system leadership. We can also provide bespoke support to meet local needs. 

  1. Peer mentoring
  2. Facilitated integration workshops
  3. Bespoke workshops
  4. STP/local system health and care peer challenge


Our offer of support is based on using senior, experienced and credible peers who either work within the NHS and social care organisations, or have very recent experience of leading and supporting local system working. It builds on sector-led improvement approaches used within local government, developed by the LGA. This approach focuses on helping system partners to forge new collaborative relationships and build shared understanding. Our partnership enables us to promote the role of system working across a wide audience, ensuring decision makers from health and local government are all at the table.

1. Peer mentoring

We match system leaders with professional mentors for one-to-one support. Mentoring can be particularly beneficial in supporting leaders to reflect on tense relationships and weigh up difficult decisions. As with all mentoring relationships, the nature of these discussions will remain confidential.


2. Facilitated integration workshops


Our facilitated integration toolkit and bespoke workshops (delivered in-house) enable local health and wellbeing system leaders to identify their ambitions, capacity, capability and commitment to make meaningful progress towards achieving a fully integrated local health and care system.

The workshop, facilitated by senior figures in health, local government and social care, will enable you to identify where you are now and what more you need to do to escalate the scale and pace of integration. Our approach can be adapted to work with a range of complex situations, across diverse organisational structures or multiple planning and commissioning footprints. It is usually a half day workshop with follow up as required.


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3. Bespoke workshops


We offer bespoke workshops with system leadership teams where there is a lack of consensus about next steps. We can deliver a series of sessions to help local system leaders to come to a shared understanding of the issues facing their system, and tailor follow up sessions as required.

4. STP/ICS/local health and care system peer review


Peer review involves a team of trained peers from across health and local government spending up to five days with key leaders, examining opportunities and challenges within the local system. It aims to bring system partners together in a safe space to consider new and better ways of working together by understanding the local circumstances. From the outset we get the whole system involved to own the peer review.

Our STP/local system peer challenge tends to be more suitable for those partnerships where relationships and agreement of the next steps need to be consolidated (rather than built from scratch).

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Other related support


This offer sits alongside the NHS Confederation-led regional networks for STP and ICSs, an approach also supported by LGA, NHSCC and NHS Providers. The networks will allow partnership leaders to debate key issues arising from system working and to share learning regionally and nationally, and our offer will complement this with bespoke, frontline, peer-led support for individual STPs or systems. Our advisors would also be happy to signpost other training, development and support products from across our memberships.

How to book

To book a workshop or peer review or to find out more contact:

Marcus Coulson
Programme manager – Peer support for local systems
NHS Providers and the Local Government Association

E: marcus.coulson@local.gov.uk
T: 07766 252 853


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