NHS North East Leadership Academy

Supporting your leadership journey...


Working Systemically in Systems

Date: 11 October 2018

Time: 09:30 AM to 04:00 PM

Duration: 6 hours 30 minutes

Venue: The Auger Room, Radisson Blu, Durham, DH1 5TA


North East Organisational Development Network

Leadership Dimensions:

Working Systemically in Systems

System change has become a bit of a buzz word in the world of healthcare leadership but what does it really mean?

This workshop aims to make system level working less confusing and more practical.

We use a simple definition that system level working is about working with partners above the level of a single organisation. This workshop aims to bring a simple approach to thinking about some of the key issues you need to pay attention to when you are working in this particular space. It is designed to help people working with change projects to create time to think more clearly about what it actually means to work in this space and also how to apply some simple tools and approaches which can help.

By participating in this workshop you will:

  • Take a ‘theory light’, practical approach to looking at this agenda.
  • Explore the similarities and differences between single organisation working and system level change work.
  • Experience an opportunity to enhance your understanding of systems thinking and what we can expect as we practice it.
  • Experiment in our safe environment with different system-wide tools, methods and frameworks.


This workshop is facilitated jointly by Cheryl Young and Dr Maxine Craig. 

Cheryl is an OD and system change practitioner with over 45 years’ experience. She has practiced with some of the largest (non-health and care) system wide projects in the past few decades. She brings a wealth of out of sector experience and shares her extensive practical experience of making multimillion dollar system projects successful.

Maxine is a NELA Associate (and is working as Cheryl’s apprentice!). Her CV, publications and areas of specialist interest can be viewed here.