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Our work

Building a community of south east London system leaders

We’re building a community to connect people across our sectors, organisations and places to explore what it looks like to be a south east London system leader together.

We work in south east London, in health and care, across multiple disciplines and sectors. What binds us?

A common goal – to improve health and wellbeing outcomes for our communities and ensure everyone in our patch can lead happy, healthy lives.

We have incredible people, communities and organisations who are making a difference. But if we are going to make lasting change and meet our biggest challenges, we have to work in new and more collaborative ways.

It’s clear that no single person or organisation holds the answers. We need to build shared purpose and work together across traditional boundaries, in between and across organisations and groups, as system leaders.

Coming together as a community

We want our community to be vibrant, joyful, rewarding and inclusive of anyone in south east London interested or involved in system leadership to improve lives.

More than 150 people spanning sectors and disciplines have got involved so far, and together we have co-created an emerging identity for our community.

We are coming together as a community in several different ways to connect and learn from one another. Together, we will refine our emerging characteristics of a south east London system leader and share inspiring examples of what system leadership looks like in practice.

Five characteristics of a confident, joyful south east London system leader – in the words of community members.

This activity will take place under the banner of a new initiative – the South East London System Leadership Collaborative – and our community activities will feed into broader plans for the system leadership development activities provided through the Collaborative.

Get involved

To get involved in the community and receive updates and invitations to events, email

Inspiration and learning events

How do we build connections and trust across traditional boundaries in the service of people over organisations?

What are the characteristics of purposeful cross-system collaborations and how can we embed them into our ways of working?

What does it look like to embrace challenge and difference and why is it vital to our success as a system?

We’re coming together for a series of inspiration and learning events to spotlight inspiring examples of system leadership through some of these different lenses. Together we’ll challenge one another to think differently, reflect on what we can learn and adopt in our patch and explore and refine our emerging five characteristics of south east London system leadership.

Connect Five

What does system leadership in the service of our communities look like in different contexts?

Five conversations, five connections, five months.

Connect Five is a community challenge to have five conversations and make five new connections over five months to help broaden your understanding of south east London system leadership.

We’ll match peers in pairs from different parts of the system in monthly digital meetings around a series of prompt questions that encourage connection and sharing. The rest is up to you!

SEL System Leadership Library

Stories connect us with one another, and with our shared purpose. We want to build an inspiring library of stories – case studies, blogs and short videos – of south east London system leadership.

If you’re interested in helping us build our library or know of someone with a story to tell, get in touch with

Community resources

As we go, we’ll be building a bank of community resources that help us refine our understanding of what system leadership means and looks like in south east London.