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Archive: Accelerate Programme

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

About the Programme

Over 5 separate cohorts run annually, the programme was for junior to mid-level managers and clinicians working at Bands 5 to 8a and equivalent. Accelerate promoted the importance of inclusive leadership skills and values to deliver benefits to participants, their colleagues, their patients and service users.

We attracted a wide and diverse range of participants to make for a better learning experience, better thinking and better ideas about what makes for excellent healthcare.

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

The content drew 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 incorporated 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 and final cohort of Accelerate took place April - December 2016.

Programme Content

The programme explored 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 included:

  • 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

Accelerate Programme review

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

We 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.



You can also download the brochure below. 

For further information contact:

Alumni and Engagement Officer: Lucy Scarisbrick

This Page was last updated on: 3 July 2017

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