Leadership Support and Development Programme 2024 – ARC England and My Home Life England


A group of people working together around a deskARC England and My Home Life England (part of City, University of London)
Leadership Support and Development Programme

April to September 2024 (see below for all dates)

Discount for ARC England members. 

Free half-hour introductory meeting with Programme Leaders – see below for details. 

This is six-month Leadership Support and Development Programme tailored specifically for learning disability and autism support providers and comprising in-person workshop days, virtual sessions and Action Learning Sets delivered by My Home Life England.

The programme is designed for busy leaders, providing the opportunity to reflect, build capacity and resilience with a focus on supporting positive practice and quality of life for the people you support.My Home Life England and City University logo

The content of the programme is designed to:

✓  Improve confidence and resilience, both personally and professionally.

✓  Improve engagement and involvement for people who use support services and those connected with them.

✓  Improve leadership and responsiveness to rapid change during times of unprecedented workforce pressures and financial challenges.

✓  Improve practice including consideration of equality, diversity, inclusion and human rights.

✓  Provide reflection and connection back to regulation requirements, local systems and relationships.

Data analysis of transformational change from a sample of participants states ‘92% report the quality of leadership they are able to provide has increased’.

The programme provides a rare opportunity to reflect and learn in a group of leaders whose focus is working alongside people with learning disabilities, autism or other additional needs. The expertise and experience of participants helps shape the content of the programme, particularly in the facilitated action learning sets, where participants identify issues to explore and learn together through appreciative enquiry.

My Home Life England (MHLE) have over 16 years experience of designing and delivering leadership support programmes reflecting the complex challenges faced by operational leaders within adult social care. Working with a team of experienced facilitators and coaches, MHLE have created a leadership support programme for ARC England that is practical, evidence-based and full of hints, tips and ideas to try out in the workplace.

Who is it for?
The programme is open to leaders who work alongside people with learning disabilities, autism or other additional needs – Registered Managers, deputies and practice development leads.

Is it right for you? Book an introductory meeting
We are offering a free half-hour introductory meeting with Programme Leader Steph Thompson and ARC England Director Clive Parry to discuss the programme, its applicability in your setting(s) and how the programme could be helpful in relation to any specific leadership-related challenges your organisation is working through.

Please email [email protected] to book your slot. 

ARC England members: £1500, Non-members: £1550
We can offer payment in instalments – please enquire at [email protected]

How to apply
To apply for one of 20 places on the course, please complete the Leadership Programme Booking Form and return to [email protected] 

Closing date: Apply by Friday 5th April 2024. 

City, University of London Campus, Northampton Square, London EC1V 0HB Get directions and travel details

The Programme
The programme starts with three full days together as a group.

Day 1: Relationship with Self
Understanding and recognising complex leadership roles, building participants resilience, focusing on highs, low and learnings, wellbeing and some hints, tips and ideas to try out in the workplace. *Connecting emotionally and *celebrating what is working well recognising* courage and creativity. Drawing on our evidence informed frameworks as well as Christ Johnstone, Reed and others.

Day 2: Relationship with others and leading others
Reflecting deeply on the skills and positive practice required to support a positive culture in the care settings within which they work in building effective relationships within the care setting and the external world. Included in here are specific theories and frameworks about leading teams with a focus on appreciative and relational ways of working. We use work from Berne, Edmundson and our own frameworks *Becoming curious and *considering the perspective of others.

Day 3: Leading through Change
Building on skills, we help participants to examine what works well in implementing change, gaining ownership and involvement from stakeholders and delegating, adopting an appreciative inquiry approach. Drawing on Johnstone and Scholes, Herman and systems theory, creating community connections *collaborating and *compromise.

Following these 3 days, participants will move into smaller groups working together on content raised by participants with a focus on developing new strategies and confidence. These half day sessions will run for four months, blending some face-to-face sessions and some virtual, working with the same small group in a confidential setting.

A welcome pack will be provided prior to day 1, with details of the venue and more information. 


The workshops will take place 10am – 4pm on the following dates at City University of London Campus:

Workshop Dates:

Tuesday  23rd April 2024

Wednesday 24th April 2024

Tuesday 30th April 2024


You will then be working in a smaller action learning set in either a morning or an afternoon group. You will work on real issues with the intention of achieving improvement and transformation in their care service in a confidential group (you will stay in the same group).

The dates for the rest of the programme are:

Action Learning Sets (You will only attend the morning or the afternoon session, 9.30am – 12.30pm or 1pm – 4pm; timings subject to confirmation. Two sessions will be face-to-face and two virtual.) 

Tuesday 28th May 2024

Wednesday 19th June 2024

Wednesday 17th July 2024

Wednesday 14th August 2024


Completion Day

The programme will end with everyone coming back together for a celebration and certificate presentation on

Wednesday 18th September 2024


Whilst there are no written assessments, you must attend at least 60% of the programme to receive your certificate.


Evidence and Impact

The programme provides evidence of continued professional development and participants receive a completion certificate. The programme content and the resource pack provided support the principles of ‘Equally Outstanding’ (CQC)

Research impact for individual, people and wider system

✓ 91% reported development of effective influencing skills (Baseline 57%).
✓ 96% agreed that they had the management and leadership skills to undertake an effective role (Baseline 80%).
✓ 98% stated employees can try out new ideas without criticism (Baseline 57%)

With the support of participants, confidential individual data will be collected at the beginning and end of the programme to evaluate the impact of this programme and a summary report produced for participants and ARC England.

How to apply

To apply for one of 20 place on the course, please complete the Leadership Programme Booking Form and return to [email protected] 

Closing date: Apply by Friday 5th April 2024. 


Please email [email protected] with any questions you may have.

* Caring Conversations Framework (Dewar and Nolan 2013), one of the four evidence-based frameworks used by My Home Life England in the programmes they deliver. The others are: Developing Positive Practice Together, Focusing on Relationships and Being Appreciative.