Leading System Wide Transformation

i-THRIVE Academy Practice Development Module

The National i-THRIVE Programme team will deliver the above training module remotely, over two ½ day sessions in consecutive weeks.

An overview of the THRIVE Framework for system change (Wolpert et al., 2019) will be presented, to ensure that all attendees have a sound understanding of the guiding principles and its application in practice.

Leadership theory will then be explored, through a psychodynamic lens, and time will then be given for attendees to reflect on their own personal leadership journey, and the leadership discourses that have influenced them along the way.

In the second session, participants will be presented with theories of cultural competence and given the opportunity to explore what this means for them. The importance of values-based leadership to support culturally competent leaders, across the system, will be discussed and participants will be encouraged to reflect on existing levels of cultural competence within the system.

Attendees will then be invited to consider resilience in the context of leading through change, and will be prompted to think about what they have around them and within them to build resilience.

The final section of the module, will offer leaders an opportunity to examine change models, and their application in practice to enhance their skills to enable, manage and lead change.

Throughout the training, participants will be encouraged to engage in un-facilitated group work to explore ways they can build cross-sector relationships outside of the training session and to learn about other services and other’s leadership journeys.

Following the delivery of the module, there is an expectation for the training cohort to attend monthly Action Learning Sets for 3 months. Action learning is a structured and facilitated process to explore issues relating to each participant’s area of work. Each participant will be encouraged to identify a situation they want to develop, change or improve and use this as a vehicle for their learning, as they lead through system change.


Upon completing this training module, attendees will:

  • have a comprehensive understanding of the principles of the THRIVE Framework for system change (Wolpert et al., 2019) and how they can be implemented;
  • explore some of the challenges and opportunities the implementation of the THRIVE Framework provides
  • learn from other sites implementing the THRIVE Framework
  • understand system transformation and managing the responses to change;
  • promote partnership working.


Who is best to attend?

Strategic and operational leads across the system.

Led by: Rose McCarthy, Organisational Consultant within the National i-THRIVE Programme Team.

Action Learning – Training the Facilitators 

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