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National Leadership Programmes

The Professional Development Programmes combine successful leadership strategies from international healthcare, private sector organisations and academic expert content.

These programmes are designed to develop outstanding leaders for every tier across the healthcare system.

Who are the programmes for?

With a programme for each level of leadership responsibility, the programmes target development for people from all backgrounds and experience levels who have what it takes to create a more capable and compassionate healthcare system.

If you are looking to develop the knowledge, skills, expertise, attitudes and behaviours to support the next steps in your personal leadership journey then one of these programmes will be for you.

Following feedback, the NHS Leadership Academy have reduced the cost of some programmes to make them more widely accessible and enable as many people as possible to benefit from them.

Discover more in the NHS Leadership Academy's full programme booklet.

The Elizabeth Garrett Anderson and Nye Bevan programmes have just been awarded gold in the EFMD Excellence in Practice Awards 2016.

What do they involve?

These flagship programmes use innovative leadership development techniques. You will work intensively with your peers in collaborative face-to-face and online environments.

The strong practical focus means that you will be asked to apply your new skills immediately, making a real difference to patients, carers, staff and communities as you learn.



How to take part

Go directly to the NHS Leadership Academy website where all the details of the individual programmes are available together with details on how to apply.

Leadership Foundations

The Edward Jenner Programme is for staff looking to develop their leadership skills and inspire their team. An online course for anyone working in the NHS.

The Edward Jenner Advanced Programme 

Advanced looks ‘up and out’, with a view to getting the most out of a leader’s people and an understanding of how both leader and team fit into the broader system. The aim is an increased understanding of the system, an increased ability to impact positively in the system and a greater understanding of how to unlock a team’s potential and performance.

Advanced will be delivered using a blended approach of on-line learning and 3 face to face workshops over 3 months with 2 options to choose from: Building or Exploration. The cost for the programme is £350.

Mary Seacole Programme

The Mary Seacole Programme is for staff who are keen to take up their first formal leadership role. A one year programme combining experiential learning, online learning, personal development delivered locally, leadership diagnostics, group learning and stretch assignments.

Changes to this programme from 2016:

  • New material on the practicalities of management includes HR, recruitment and selection, appraising staff and finance
  • Time taken to complete has reduced from 12 to six months
  • Academic element has been removed so the programme no longer leads to a Postgraduate Certificate qualification
  • Reduced academic workload to enable participants to fit the programme into their daily life
  • Enhanced face to face elements which provide more opportunity for participants to connect with tutors and others on the programme
  • New price of £995, reduced from £3000

Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Programme

The Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Programme is for existing leaders ready to take on more senior leadership roles – where they are leading multiple teams or services. This national programme provides personal development, online and classroom based academic input and group working, stretch assignments and mentoring/coaching.  From 2016, there will be a reduction in the number of places available on this programme.  Contact the NHS Leadership Academy for more information.

The programme now costs £6000, reduced from £10,000.

Nye Bevan Programme

The Nye Bevan programme has been specifically designed to develop senior leaders. It’s been shown to accelerate individuals into executive roles, helping them perform better at board level.  

Working at an executive level in the NHS offers some very particular challenges, and for those who are ready to apply for executive level roles we will run this senior leadership programme. The Nye Bevan Programme is led by internationally renowned academic and business leaders, combining a significant element of personal and behavioural leadership development with the knowledge and skills needed to operate successfully in the NHS.

From 2016, there will be a reduction in the number of places available on this programme.  Contact the NHS Leadership Academy for more information.  There has been a reduction in price: the programme now costs £7000, almost half the 2015 price of £12,000.

Director Programme

The Director Programme is for senior executive leaders who are seeking in role development and support. It is a means to refresh, renew and redevelop their leadership styles and behaviours. It also provides a unique opportunity to connect with contemporaries across the healthcare system.

Ready Now Programme

Ready Now is a programme for aspiring BME (Black Minority Ethnic) senior leaders, looking to make their next move or take place on the board. Successful applicants will already have leadership experience as the programme is designed for leaders from under-represented groups that want to become senior leaders in the health or social care system. 


Want to tackle inequality, social exclusion and conflict through dynamic and effective leadership? Intersect is for leaders already in or close to executive roles across public services who want to lead system-wide change across the sectors.

For further information contact:

Development Manager: John Hunter

This Page was last updated on: 29 June 2016