System Thinking Practitioner Level 7

Duration: 24 months

Systems Thinking Practitioners support decision-makers in strategic and leadership roles to understand and address complex and sometimes even ‘wicked’ problems through the provision of expert systemic analysis, advice and facilitation.

The occupation addresses complex problems that cannot be addressed by any one organisation or person, but which require cross-boundary collaboration within and between organisations. Example employers include public service, research, NHS, corporations with complex supply chain and partner relationships, banks, financial services and NGOs addressing social challenges as well as specialist consultancy service providers.

Course Content

We offer an Accelerated STP programme developed with Professor Martin Parr.

The programme focuses on monthly small group seminars and expert 1-2-1 coaching.

Course Modules

  • Knowing the self and key personality preferences
  • Systems, people and complexity
  • Personality, stakeholders and assumptions
  • Information and Evidence
  • Modelling and Simulation
  • Systems Modelling Tools
  • Multi-methodology (MM)
  • Leadership in Systems Thinking
  • Planning and Delivering Successful Interventions
  • Leading Change
  • Resilience

In addition, there is a period of project work, to provide the opportunity for apprentices to apply the systems methods and tools to real world problems.

The programme can be extended to include NHS Leadership’s Mary Seacole Programme.

Delivery Model

We deliver live, predominantly remotely utilising Zoom/Teams and are experimenting with a private suite in the Virbela virtual campus. We deliver nationally.

Course Timings

Activity Modules 1 to 11 Project work Gateway preparation End Point Assessment
Duration 15 months 4 months 2 months 3 months


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