Key information

Duration: 5 days (on-campus)
Programme dates:

3 -
Imperial College Business School, London, SW7 2AZ, UK
Fees: £6,950

Programme overview

In the 21st century, healthcare is experiencing a profound shift towards a more holistic approach to health and wellbeing, transcending the conventional boundaries of ‘sick care.’ Such evolving landscape is driven by technological advances and a growing demand for more personalised care and support. 

As the healthcare ecosystem evolves, staying at the forefront has never been more critical. The future of industries serving healthcare hinges on our collective ability to harness innovation, adapt to emerging and disruptive technologies, navigate complex regulatory frameworks, and reshape organisational cultures to meet the changing needs of individuals and populations. 

This Leading Systemic Innovation in Healthcare training programme is a five-day programme designed to empower healthcare provider executives, policymakers, and industry leaders with the knowledge, skills, and insights needed to lead and thrive in this ever-evolving landscape. 

Throughout the course, you will have the opportunity to delve into and dissect critical themes such as systemic innovation, healthcare policies and regulations, technological trends, leadership and culture for innovation, and practical implementation strategies. 

Leading Systemic Innovation in Healthcare represents an extraordinary journey that embraces a broader, more multi-faceted perspective on healthcare, where innovation, personalised and functional medicine, and systems thinking converge to redefine the field.  

Embark on a transformative journey that will redefine your perspective on healthcare innovation. Build your knowledge across healthcare domains, leadership skills, and practical applications, preparing you to lead meaningful innovation within your organisation.

Who should attend?

Leading Systemic Innovation in Healthcare is designed for healthcare provider executives, policymakers, and industry leaders from all areas of the healthcare value chain, such as pharma, medtech, and IT, who are influential in the sector's innovation.   

This healthcare executive education programme will guide you towards greater innovative and entrepreneurial thinking to plan and deliver health services to meet emerging global needs.  

Our programme is tailored to a wide audience across the healthcare spectrum, including: 

  • Healthcare Providers who want to re-frame approaches to health and implement effective and sustainable care delivery models, positioning their institution as a leader in the healthcare revolution.   

  • Pharma/medtech organisations who seek the expertise to capitalise on rapid scientific advancements while accelerating the launch of groundbreaking products into more complex healthcare and regulatory environments. 

  • Biotech Firms interested into the latest advancements in healthcare technologies to measure impact and scale innovations effectively.  

  • Digital Health and Telehealth Platforms who want to deepen their understanding of the ethical considerations, design principles, and measurable impacts of digital health innovations.   

  • Public Health Organisations who want to implement systems thinking, behavioural change, and multi-stakeholder engagement to design and implement public health initiatives that are innovative, scalable, and impactful.  

  • Health Insurers who want to acquire strategic insights into healthcare ecosystems, business models, and regulatory changes to lead their company through healthcare’s rapidly evolving landscape.   

  • Health Policy Makers and Regulators who want to develop a multi-faceted understanding of the healthcare landscape to craft policies that foster innovation while ensuring public safety.   

  • Investors and Venture Capitalists who want to deepen their knowledge of the metrics, models, and case studies to identify the most promising and scalable healthcare innovations. 

  • Third sector and NGOs who want to gain knowledge of systems framework and tools to design effective, innovative programmes that can make a significant impact on public health.   

Learning Objectives

Throughout our programme on leading innovation in healthcare, you will develop the skills and capabilities to: 

  • Examine the principles of innovation, systemic innovation, and their vital roles in healthcare. 

  • Reframe approaches to health and care design, implementing systems-based framework and tools to your health innovation challenges. 

  • Analyse the impact of health policies and regulations on healthcare innovation and learn strategies to navigate this complex landscape to design policies that foster innovation. 

  • Identify and evaluate the impact of key technological trends on healthcare and your own business and explore how you can embrace and help to accelerate these trends.  

  • Cultivate leadership strategies and create a culture that fosters and nurtures both systemic and product/service innovation within your organisation.  

  • Develop practical strategies for implementing both systemic and product/service innovation in healthcare and identify how to measure their impacts. 

Learning journey

Leading Systemic Innovation in Healthcare is a five-day programme that unfolds through a series of immersive sessions, interactive workshops, and offsite visits, each delving deeper into key aspects of healthcare innovation. 

The programme begins by examining the broader landscape of 21st century healthcare, offering insights into future health trends. It provides a deep understanding of both systemic and product/service innovations within the healthcare sector. It then delves into the intricacies of the policy and regulatory landscape as well as investigates emerging and disruptive technological trends in next-generation medicine. The programme concludes with strategies to develop leadership and culture for innovation as well as implement innovation in healthcare and industry settings.   

Attendees will have the opportunity to network with peers and bring their own health innovation project, which will be explored and developed within the framework of our programme material.  

The core themes of our programme include: 

  • Innovation and systemic innovation in healthcare 

  • Policy and regulations in healthcare innovation 

  • Technological trends in healthcare.  

  • Leadership and culture for innovation in healthcare 

  • Implementing innovation in healthcare 

Innovation, Systemic Innovation & Systems Thinking in Healthcare

Acquire a foundational understanding of healthcare innovation. This includes emphasising the long-term future of technology-enabled healthcare and exploring the essentials of both product/service and systemic innovation.  

Introduction to critical systems thinking, a vital skill for operating effectively in complex healthcare environments. 

Sessions on day one will include: 

  • Welcome and introduction. 

  • The long-term future of healthcare in a technology-enabled 21st century 

  • The fundamentals of product/service and systemic innovation 

  • Introduction to critical systems thinking. 

Public Health, Policy, Regulations and Health Ecosystem Design in Healthcare Innovation

Delve deeper into the interplay between public health, alternative health approaches, and policy. This includes exploring the design of health ecosystems and business models and assessing the impact of regulations and policies on healthcare innovation. 

Enrich you day with an offsite visit for a practical perspective on medtech, biopharma or digital health innovation. 

Sessions on day two will include: 

  • Public health and alternative health approaches 

  • Health ecosystem and business model design 

  • The impact of health policies and regulation on healthcare innovation 

  • Offsite visit: The Data Science Institute 

  • Experiential Activity: The Chemical Kitchen 

  • Welcome drinks and reception 

Technological Trends, Care Delivery Innovation, Personalised and Functional Medicine, and Mental Health

Illuminate the transformative potential of digital technologies in healthcare. Delve into the emerging fields of personalised and functional medicine, offering a comprehensive introduction to these concepts. 

Focus on the pivotal role of mental health in healthcare innovation.  

Conclude with a practical workshop where delegates apply insights to their own innovation projects. 

Sessions on day three will include: 

  • Digital transformation and care delivery innovation in healthcare 

  • The future of personalised and functional medicine 

  • Introduction to mental health 

  • Workshop: Individual health innovation projects 

Leadership, Culture for Innovation, Care Pathway Redesign, and Behaviour Change in Healthcare

Gain insights into principles and strategies for behavioural change in healthcare and how organisational culture and leadership drive innovation and care redesign.  

Dive into change management theories for cultivating a learning culture within healthcare. 

Supplement your knowledge with an offsite visit for a real-world perspective on cutting-edge innovations in medtech, biopharma or digital health innovation. 

Sessions on day four will include: 

  • Behaviour changes, health and healthcare 

  • Fostering a culture of innovation and care redesign in healthcare  

  • Fostering change management and the creation of a learning culture  

  • Offsite visit: The Crick Institute 

  • Programme Dinner 

Implementing Innovation in Healthcare

We bring everything together by offering you concrete strategies for implementing healthcare innovation. This includes introducing proven methods for measuring its impact and exploring the critical role of sustainability and planetary health in the healthcare sector. 

Conclude your transformative journey by showcasing your own innovation project, applying everything you've learned throughout the programme.  

Receive valuable feedback from experts to refine and further develop your innovative initiatives. 

Sessions on day five will include: 

  • Bringing it all together: Strategies for implementing and measuring healthcare innovation  

  • Planetary health and sustainable healthcare  

  • Workshop: Individual health innovation projects 

  • Health innovation project presentations  

  • Closing and final remarks 

Programme faculty and experts

Leading Systemic Innovation in Healthcare is enriched by insights from Imperial College world-leading faculty and industry experts who will expose you to the new evidence-based approaches to innovation in healthcare. 

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Andy Wilkins 

Andy is a futurist, speaker, podcaster and founder of Future Health – a new think tank and systems convener exploring the long-term vision for health and healthcare systems in a technology enabled 21st century. He has undertaken numerous healthcare innovation and transformation projects and has authored several high-profile reports for the NHS and policy makers on the future of healthcare. Andy is a visiting lecturer to UCL and a champion for a new future based on holistic health that includes wrapping holistic, person-centred health and care around the needs of individuals and communities and the transformation from silos to health ecosystems that will make this possible.  

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James Barlow

Professor James Barlow is the Chair in Technology and Innovation Management (Healthcare) and Programme Co-Director for the Executive Health Innovation Management Programme at Imperial College Business School. He has spent over 20 years working on innovation in healthcare from creation to adoption. He is particularly interested in the complex relationship between innovation in health technologies, services, and infrastructure. James has led or been involved in many research projects and has extensive experience advising and consulting for government and industry. Current roles include Associate Director of Research for Imperial College Health Partners, management board member of the National Institute for Health Research Policy Innovation Research Unit, and President of the International Academy for Design and Health. James has published widely in leading journals including Organization Science, Research Policy, Health Affairs, Social Science & Medicine, California Management Review, and the Bulletin of the WHO. His latest book is Managing Innovation in Healthcare, which was published in January 2017 by World Scientific. 

Michael Jackson

Michael C. Jackson 

Michael C. Jackson is a British systems scientist, consultant and Emeritus Professor of Management Systems and former Dean of Hull University Business School, known for his work in the field of systems thinking and management. 

Mike is Editor-in-chief of the journal Systems Research and Behavioral Science, published by John Wiley, and he is on the editorial board of 5 other journals. He has delivered plenary addresses at numerous international conferences, and has undertaken many consultancy engagements with outside organisations, both commercial and non-profit. 

In 2017 he received the Beale Medal of the UK Operational Research Society for 'a sustained contribution over many years to the theory, practice or philosophy of Operational Research.’  

He has been central to the development of critical systems thinking (CST). His latest book on this subject was released in April 2019 - ‘Critical Systems Thinking and the Management of Complexity’ (Wiley). 

He graduated from Oxford University, gained an MA from Lancaster University and a PhD from Hull and has worked in the civil service, in academia and as a consultant. Mike has received many awards, two honorary degrees and has been a visiting professor at numerous international universities. In 2011 he was awarded an OBE for services to higher education and business.  

Martin Reeves

Martin Reeves

Martin Reeves is chairman of the BCG Henderson Institute, BCG’s think tank dedicated to exploring and developing valuable new insights from business, technology, economics, and science by embracing the powerful technology of ideas. Martin is also a member of the BCG Henderson Institute's Innovation Sounding Board, which is dedicated to supporting, inspiring, and guiding upstream innovation at BCG. 

A regular public speaker and a repeat TED@BCG presenter, Martin is coauthor of The Imagination Machine, an executive’s guide to systematically harnessing imagination for corporate reinvention and rejuvenation. He also cowrote Your Strategy Needs a Strategy, which proposes the “strategy palette” as a tool to enable business leaders to tune their approach to strategy to the strategic environment of each business. Martin is the editor of the Inspiring the Next Game book series, published by De Gruyter. 

Since joining BCG in 1989, Martin has led a broad range of strategy assignments in the Financial Institutions, Consumer Goods, Industrial Goods and Health Care sectors. He has particular expertise in the areas of adaptive strategy, strategy for multi-business systems, sustainability strategies, ecosystem strategies, collective learning and innovation, corporate vitality, and trust. 

Shireen Kassam

Shireen Kassam

Dr Shireen Kassam is a Consultant Haematologist and Honorary Senior Lecturer at King’s College Hospital, London with a specialist interest in the treatment of lymphoma. She is also a Visiting-Professor at University of Winchester, Hampshire, where she has developed and facilitates the UK's first University-based course on plant-based nutrition. In 2023 she launched a course on lifestyle medicine for cancer. 

Shireen is passionate about promoting plant-based nutrition for the prevention and reversal of chronic disease and for maintaining optimal health after treatment for cancer. In 2019 she became certified as a Lifestyle Medicine Physician and is also a CHIP facilitator. 

Shireen founded Plant-Based Health Professionals UK in 2018, a non-profit, membership organisation whose mission is to provide evidence-based education on whole food plant-based nutrition.  

Shireen qualified as a doctor in 2000. During her training, she completed a PhD, which investigated the role of selenium in sensitising cancer cells to chemotherapy. Shireen has published a number of peer-reviewed papers in the field of lymphoma. Her first book, Eating Plant-Based, Scientific Answers to Your Nutrition Questions, co-authored with her sister Zahra, was published in January 2022. She has also co-edited the textbook Plant-Based Nutrition in Clinical Practice, published in September 2022. 

Susannah Howard

Susannah Howard

Susannah is Integrated Care Partnership (ICP) Director at the Suffolk and North East Essex Integrated Care System (ICS). 

Originally a psychologist, in the early part of her career Susannah worked in mental health at The Royal College of Psychiatrists Research Unit, Department of Health and Commission for Health Improvement. 

She led the Eastern Development Centre and then the unique NHS based business unit ‘Enable East’ for which she was named Essex ‘Business Woman of the Year’ in 2013. An annual Guest Lecturer at Harvard University Extension School she has also worked with the World Health Organisation (WHO) in trauma affected countries. 

She is a member of the All Party Parliamentary Group and National Strategic Council for Obesity and has held over £12 million in grants for the Big Lottery Fund. 

Franco Sassi

Franco Sassi

Professor Franco Sassi holds a Chair in International Health Policy and Economics and is the Director of the Centre for Health Economics and Policy Innovation. His work has been aimed at assessing the impacts of public policies to tackle major chronic diseases and their predisposing risk factors, including poor nutrition, physical inactivity, alcohol and tobacco use, and a range of environmental and social exposures.  

He is the author and editor of a large number of publications on economic aspects of public health, including the books “Obesity and the economics of prevention: Fit not fat”, in 2010, "Tackling harmful alcohol use: Economics and public health policy" in 2015, and "Health Taxes: Policy and Practice" in 2022.  

Prior to joining Imperial College, Franco was a Senior Health Economist at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development - OECD, Paris - where he developed and was responsible for the Organisation's Public Health Programme.  

Carol Propper

Carol Propper 

Carol is Professor of Economics at Imperial College Business School in the Department of Economics and Public Policy. Between 2016 and 2019 she was also Vice Dean for Faculty and Research at Imperial Business School. 

Her research focuses on financial and non-financial incentives for the quality of health care and healthcare productivity. More widely, she has contributed to the understanding of the design and consequences of incentives within the public sector and the boundary between the state and private markets in the provision of services.  

She is a past President of the Royal Economic Society and has undertaken a wide range of public service activities including Chair of the ESRC Research Grants Board 2005-09, member of the ESRC Council 2005-09, member of the Royal Economic Society Council 2000-2005. In 2021 she was a member of President Macron of France's expert commission on major economic challenges. 

In 2021 she was made a Dame for her services to public health and economics. Previously she was awarded a CBE for her services to social science in 2010. These accolades recognise Carol’s research into public economics and economics of health care and her contribution to policy.  She is a fellow of the British Academy,  the US National Academy of Medicine, CEPR, and the Academy of Social Sciences. She is a Research Associate of the IFS and holds an adjunct professorship at Monash University, Australia. 

Chris Naylor

Chris Naylor

Chris is Senior Fellow at The King’s Fund & Policy Lead at Centre for Sustainable Healthcare. Chris has a background in health policy and research and is passionate about creating sustainable health and care services that are resilient for the future.  He has extensive experience working across a range of health policy issues at the UK health think tank, The King’s Fund, and also works as Policy Lead at the Centre for Sustainable Healthcare.  In previous roles he has worked at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London and the Public Health Foundation of India in Delhi. He has an MSc in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and a BA in natural sciences from the University of Cambridge.  He is a trained coach and an experienced facilitator and works with leaders in the health system to support practical change.  

Key information

Duration: 5 days (on-campus)
Programme dates:

3 -
Imperial College Business School, London, SW7 2AZ, UK
Fees: £6,950

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