The School for Change Agents

The School for Change Agents

Take part now!

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Would you like to develop the skills to make a difference and create change in health and care? There’s great news: The School for Change Agents is back and you can take part now.

The School is aimed at anyone who works in health and care, at whatever level and whether they are in a clinical or non-clinical role – although it is open to everyone and all are welcome. The School offers the opportunity to take their desire to see change happen and make it a reality.

The School for Change Agents took a break during 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic The School has adapted to reflect the realities of healthcare in a pandemic; but also show how a crisis can often be time the when change can often be created.

What you will learn

In 2021, The School for Change Agents takes place mainly on FutureLearn. There are five interactive sessions to complete: 

  1. Change starts with me 
  2. Resourcefulness 
  3. Using power to make a difference 
  4. Using stories to create change
  5. Making sense of complexity

Each session includes a range of articles and videos that feature people like you talking about their own experiences of creating change. 

Live sessions

We know many people enjoy learning via live interactive webinars; we will be holding three webinars starting on Tuesday 18 May 2021. These are optional and will be a way to interact with concepts and themes covered in the FutureLearn sessions. You are welcome to attend these whether or not you have participated in the FutureLearn content.

Build your network

The lively community of fellow learners on FutureLearn (as well as on Twitter, and in the Facebook group) means that you not only gain a wealth of useful knowledge, you can also build your networks and learn from each other as you reflect on how you can use the skills you’ve gained to take action. 

How to take part

School is free to join, and to take part in. All you need is an internet connection.  The sessions are arranged into ‘bite-sized’ chunks so that you can complete them in your own time, and in your own way.  You can take part on a computer, tablet or mobile device.

Everyone taking part in the School has eight weeks from when they start to complete the sessions. If you’d like to extend your access, you can upgrade for a small fee.

The good news is that in partnership with FutureLearn we’re now able to offer this upgrade free of charge to NHS employees (and those directly contracted to provide NHS services) in England. (See the full eligibility criteria) . The upgrade means that you’ll receive a certificate on successful completion of The School for Change Agents, as well as unlimited access to the sessions and materials.

If you do not qualify for the free upgrade, or do not wish to take up this offer, you can still take part in the School for free:

If you are enjoying School, you may also appreciate our weekly podcast that we’ve started doing, which goes “behind the scenes” with the team who are responsible for School.