Virtual Academy of Large Scale Change Masterclasses 2019

NHS England’s Sustainable Improvement (SI) Team is offering health and care teams targeted support for large scale change via face-to-face masterclasses.

The masterclasses build on a series of fully booked sessions that we ran in 2018. The sessions received excellent feedback from the teams that participated, including:

“Great opportunity to work on our large scale change programme. [We were] given a structured methodology and excellent facilitator support and peer review.”

Respiratory Consultant and Clinical Lead for STP

“The pace was good and also the chance to actually use the time to start thinking about actions (i.e. not too much talking to us). Plenty of energy, good expertise and experienced speakers.”

Deputy Director – Clinical Strategy

We are now looking to work with more health and care system teams who are either already redesigning services or are ready to start a transformation or redesign programme and wish to actively progress the change using large scale change principles.

We are holding masterclasses on systems leadership, large scale change and networks, impact and knowledge curation. The sessions will take the form of face-to-face, learning-in-action events designed to help health and care system teams to achieve their large scale change ambitions.

Taking place in February and March 2019, our masterclasses will connect teams to our expert faculty and will be highly interactive. The aim for each masterclass is to help participating teams to develop a practical action plan to take forward the next steps of their large scale change challenge.

The masterclasses have been designed to bring together people to:

  • Learn, share and practically apply systems leadership and large scale change principles and best practice
  • Create a positive shift in our collective ability to lead complex change initiatives.

The masterclasses available are:

Date Topics and leaders Location
26 and 27 February 2019 Systems Leadership and Large Scale Change

Led by:

Debbie Sorkin – National Director of Systems Leadership, The Leadership Centre (Day 1).

Ian Railton – Director, Verandern Ltd (Days 1 and 2).

Ali Wheeler – Associate Director of Transformation, Cheshire West Integrated Care Partnership (Day 2).

19 March 2019 Networks, Impact and Knowledge Curation 

Please note: places on this masterclass are only open to teams who have at least one team member attending the above Systems Leadership and Large Scale Change masterclass.

Led by:

Andrew Lambe – Senior Knowledge and Intelligence Manager, Sustainable Improvement team, NHS England.

Liz Maddocks-Brown – Senior Manager – Networks  and Faculty, Sustainable Improvement team, NHS England.

Grace Sweeney – Senior Manager, Impact, Research and Evaluation, Sustainable Improvement team, NHS England.


Following the masterclasses participants will be able to connect with our expert facilitators and peers through our dedicated VALSC collaboration space to help maintain momentum with their large scale change commitments.

Expressions of interest

To ensure an equitable balance of targeted support within resource constraints, attendance at the masterclasses is via an expression of interest process. To submit, please complete our expressions of interest form and return it to

Before completing the form, please refer to our frequently asked questions.

The deadline for expressions of interest is 5pm on Tuesday 20 November 2018. No submissions received after this time will be considered.

If you have any questions about the series, please contact