System Thinking Practitioner Level 7

Duration: 24 or 33 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 two specialisms within the apprenticeship. The Accelerated STP programme developed with Professor Martin Parr and the Systems Leadership programme created by professional body SCiO for the NHS Project Profession.

Accelerated STP Programme (24 months)

  • 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

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

NHS Systems Leadership (33 months)

The programme covers the following themes:

  • Overview of systems thinking
  • Core systems leadership skills
  • Self-as-instrument and self-development
  • Systems leadership in organisations and institutions
  • System-of-interest in complexity
  • Working with multi-actor systems to lead whole-systems change
  • Systems-of-interest with an outcomes focus
  • Facilitative and emergent systems leadership
  • Working from within the existing system to build on potential
  • Systems innovation
  • Systems leadership intervention skills
  • Understanding and shaping systems dynamics

Delivery takes place via expert lectures and small action learning groups.

View Course Contents for both programmes

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.

There is an active programme of starts despite Covid-19.

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