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Described as “best practice in leadership development” by Professor David Williams and with an emphasis on inclusive leadership skills, Accelerate aims to progress the leadership journey and career of junior to mid-level leaders.

About the Programme

The Programme is suitable for junior to mid-level managers and clinicians working at Bands 5 to 8a and equivalent. Accelerate promotes the importance of inclusive leadership skills and values to deliver benefits to participants, their colleagues, their patients and service users. If you want to deliver better health care services for all, then Accelerate could be the programme for you!

We want to attract a wide and diverse range of participants as we think this makes for a better learning experience, better thinking and better ideas about what makes for excellent healthcare.

For alumni of the programme we are working with the delivery team to explore a number of masterclasses as an offer for continued learning and networking. Details of these will be circulated in due course.

  • Are you interested in influencing the quality of healthcare within and outside your service?
  • Are you looking to develop personal resilience and resourcefulness to flourish in a fast changing environment?
  • Do you want to increase your personal and organisational productivity and prevent poor service being delivered?
  • Do you wish to enhance your communication and better lead others to do the best job they can?

With an emphasis on inclusive leadership skills and “the difference that makes the difference”, the programme includes practical, effective, leading edge, and tried and tested tools and approaches for leadership and management at times of change.

The content draws on models, approaches and practical techniques from organisational analysis, management theory, humanistic psychology and Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP*) to equip managers with tools to enhance personal resourcefulness, further develop people management skills, and increase leadership effectiveness, in order to promote best possible care.

The course incorporates the award of NLP Diploma, certified by the International NLP Trainers Association (INLPTA). (*NLP is a very practical and effective approach to performance, psychology and communication, based on study of the strategies of people who naturally do things well).

The fifth cohort of Accelerate has been recruited for 2016, and we look forward to working with our participants from April onwards. 

Programme Content

The programme explores leadership at three levels:

  • Self Leadership
  • Leadership within Role
  • Leadership in the wider organisation

all linked to the delivery of good patient care and service delivery.

Course content includes:

  • Foundations of NLP
  • Keys to Personal Effectiveness
  • Personal state management
  • Understanding and working with interpersonal difference
  • Advanced communication and influencing skills
  • Working and leading through change
  • Leading teams
  • Managing challenging people and performance

For further information, please email Halema Khatun.

Accelerate programme review

From the first cohort back in 2010, much has changed in the NHS.

We’ve reviewed what the Accelerate programme has achieved and what options we have for the future of the programme.

Does Accelerate remain relevant, proportionate and effective? Is it possible for organisations and teams to invest in the same way they have done over past years? How do the aims of Accelerate fit in the wider priorities of professional development at a national, regional and local level?

Our review involved volunteers who completed the Accelerate programme over the last five years. We hope that their journeys will illustrate how the programme helped participants to develop their personal leadership skills and put them to use in the wider organisation.


For further information contact:

Consultant Lead: Andrea Overton
Programme Coordinator: Halema Khatun

This Page was last updated on: 27 January 2017

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