Core Programmes

Better Leaders, Better Care, Brighter Future!

The most far-reaching and comprehensive leadership development portfolio the NHS has ever developed was launched 1st May 2013, applications were open for the first intake until 30th June 2013.

Aimed at wide range of NHS staff, including nurses, doctors, allied health professionals, support staff, scientists and managers, the programmes are set to change NHS culture with an across-the-board approach to leadership development. They will touch people at every level across the whole healthcare system. 

Developed by the NHS Leadership Academy, the national programmes are the first to combine successful leadership strategies from international healthcare, private sector organisations and academic expertise. The focus of the programmes is to support leaders in creating an environment where staff feel supported and encouraged to focus on providing high-quality health care.

Designed for people from all backgrounds and with different experience levels, who want to create a more capable and compassionate healthcare system, the programmes focus on developing the skills, knowledge and behaviours to help deliver greater compassionate, high-quality, innovative and efficient health care for patients.

Working in partnership with high-profile universities, businesses and patient groups, these programmes have been designed to change the way we lead health for a generation. The programmes add to the Academy’s existing portfolio which includes the hugely-popular Top Leaders and NHS Graduate Training schemes, which all together, provide a suite of support programmes for many levels of staff.

The programmes have been named after inspiring leaders who made a significant difference to health and patient care, and will be key to changing the leadership culture in the NHS:

The programmes are:

The Edward Jenner Programme

The Edward Jenner programme is your first port of call if you’re looking to build a strong foundation of leadership skills that can help enhance your confidence and competence in your role.

 The programme will support you as you develop essential leadership skills; open to all, this programme leads to an NHS Leadership Academy award in Leadership Foundations.

If you want to feel more able to deal with the daily challenges of working in healthcare, better equipped to care for patients, lead services and provide leadership for those around you – supporting them to do their job better – the Edward Jenner programme is for you.

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The Mary Seacole Programme

Mary Seacole was a Jamaican-born woman who provided assistance to sick and military personnel in Jamaica and Central America, before and during the Crimean War. She embodied the care and compassion we look for in all our leaders and is a lasting example of the crucial role nurses continue to play in healthcare.

Designed for those looking to move into their first formal leadership role, or those new to first time leadership, the Mary Seacole programme empowers people to turn their success into consistent team success and to champion compassionate patient care.

The programme is a leadership development programme which is grounded in reality and results in real workplace application. The concept of learning how to be a leader when you’re in the thick of your day to day responsibilities can seem rather abstract.

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The Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Programme

Elizabeth Garrett Anderson was an English Physician born in London, who became the first English woman to qualify as a Physician and Surgeon in Britain, as well as the first female Dean of a medical school.  She represents the courage of all great leaders and demonstrates the enduring importance of inclusion in our health leader communities.

If, as a mid-level leader, you’re aspiring to take on a more senior role while, at the same time, looking to have a wider impact by leading a culture of compassion, then this programme, inspired by the inspirational and visionary leader Elizabeth Garrett Anderson, is ideal for you. It will equip you with the confidence to challenge the status quo and drive real and lasting change to improve the patient experience.

The Elizabeth Garrett Anderson programme is a unique healthcare leadership programme. The world-class provider mix of internationally renowned healthcare, business and academic experts brings with it a comprehensive perspective. Our part-residential programme allows cohorts of participants to develop together, to draw upon one another’s experiences and build bonds that they can take into their careers.

 Above all, the focus is on helping you to become more resilient and able to meet the demands of working in often high-pressured healthcare environments so that patients see improved outcomes and experiences.

 The programme is fully accredited, leading to a Masters in Healthcare Leadership and an NHS Leadership Academy Award in Senior Healthcare Leadership.

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The Nye Bevan Programme 

Aneurin “Nye” Bevan was Minister for Health in Clement Atlee’s post-WWII government.  A champion of social justice, Bevan spearheaded the establishment of the National Health Service, seeking to create a health service free at point of care for all Britons. Great leaders have bold visions that serve the needs of their populations selflessly. Bevan is an inspiration to those who seek a senior role in health with the potential to lead radical and lasting improvements to the NHS.

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, and help boards better meet operational challenges today and enable change for tomorrow. Designed with national and international experts in health and organisational performance the programme offers support and learning to build personal resilience, confidence and capabilities over 12 months.

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Full details on the programmes and how you can apply are available from the NHS Leadership Academy website

Karen Lynas, Deputy Managing Director of the NHS Leadership Academy said: “These programmes recognise that the NHS is about providing not only some of the best healthcare in the world, but doing so in an environment where staff feel able to focus on care, compassion and respect.  

“Leaders in health, from whatever profession, background or sector, have a responsibility to use taxpayers’ money wisely, but moreover to ensure that staff are encouraged, supported and developed so they can do what they came in to healthcare to do: care for patients.  

“These programmes will see a generation of leaders equipped with the knowledge, skills, experience and expertise they need to lead while creating a caring and compassionate climate for staff.”