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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.

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. Download the Programmes 2017 flyer below for basic information on each programme. 

The Edward Jenner Programme

This programme helps participants who are new to leadership gain a fresh perspective on the delivery of services and the impact they have on the patient experience – either directly or indirectly.

Mary Seacole Programme

Designed for those looking to move into their first formal leadership role or those new to first time leadership, this programme supplies the balance between theory and real workplace application.

It builds on people’s resourceful nature, enabling them to convert their practical experience into excellent leadership.

Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Programme

This programme aims to equip those in mid-level leadership positions with the confidence to drive lasting change and improve the patient experience.

The focus is on increasing resilience to meet the demands of working in high-pressured healthcare environments.

Nye Bevan Programme

The Nye Bevan programme has been shown to increase individuals’ progression into executive roles by helping them perform better at board level.

Aimed at developing the best executive leaders, it offers support and learning to build resilience, confidence and capability.

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. 

For further information contact:

Development Manager: John Hunter


This Page was last updated on: 17 July 2017