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“What has been the biggest benefit of us participating on these programmes?  Simple, it’s got us talking. People who may not necessarily have spoken to each other at length are talking, working together, supporting each other and sharing learning so that it can be filtered through our organisation at a greater rate”


– Staff at NHS East Lancashire CCG. Read the full article here.

The foundations of leadership

This 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 Edward Jenner programme is an open access, online learning package that will support you as you develop essential leadership skills; open to all, this programme leads to an NHS Leadership Academy award in Leadership Foundations.

Looking to move into your first leadership role?

Are you keen to turn your individual success into consistent team success? Do you want to develop leadership skills that reflect the values of the NHS, enhance your resourceful nature and convert your practical experience into excellent leadership? This a great place to start. The Mary Seacole programme is aimed at those who are in or are moving towards their first formal leadership or team management position from either a clinical or a non-clinical background. The programme leads to an NHS Leadership Academy award in Healthcare Leadership and an accredited Postgraduate Certificate.

Ready to lead larger functions, departments and more complex projects?

Do you have team leadership experience? Are you ready to move up to leading larger functions or departments, more complex projects with a wider reach and/or leading other team leaders? Do you want to use your leadership skills to shake things up, challenge the status quo and find a better way of doing things? Then the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson programme is for you. The programme leads to an NHS Leadership Academy award in Senior Healthcare Leadership and an MSc in Healthcare Leadership.

Aspiring executive directors

Are you a senior leader who has led larger functions or departments for some time? Are you thinking of moving up to your organisation’s top team? Are you interested in developing leadership skills that help you influence beyond your immediate sphere and across traditional boundaries? Are you ready to make a fundamental difference to the quality of care not just in your organisation but across the healthcare system? Get ready to lead a culture of ever-improving patient care across your organisation and wider care communities. The Nye Bevan programme leads to an NHS Leadership Academy award in Executive Healthcare Leadership and is proven to accelerate participants into an executive role and perform better at board level.

Aspiring Chief Executives

Are you ready for one of the most challenging roles in the NHS? The Aspiring Chief Executive programme is a collaboration between the NHS Leadership Academy, Monitor, TDA and NHS Providers. Through the programme, we are looking to develop Five Year Forward View systems leaders to not just run hospitals but lead provider Trusts in a complex and integrated health economy. It will prepare individuals for the weight and responsibility associated with the highly demanding Chief Executive role of tomorrow.

Executive directors

Are you already an inspirational executive or board level leader with a powerful vision to transform patient care and improve our community’s experience? Ready to make a significant and lasting difference? Prepare to enhance and adapt to deliver radical change as the Director programme supports your continuing development.

Ready Now programme

You’ve given up your own time. You’ve inspired others and earned respect. You’ve overcome adversity. You’ve proven just how good you are. But you’re not done yet.  And that’s where our Ready Now programme for aspiring black and minority ethnic (BME) leaders can help realise your potential. Next move, a more senior role. Or your place on the board.

Systems leaders

If you have cross sector experience and influence, you could be a prime contender for Intersect – a ground breaking systems leadership programme from the NHS Leadership Academy.


As we bring health, social and public services together with local government and the third sector for the benefit of the people we help every day, great leadership is at the forefront. That’s why we’re looking for true pioneers to help shape our future.

NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme

Caring for the health of 65 million people is an enormous challenge. That's why we need graduates of the highest calibre to become our fresh thinkers of today and our talented leaders of tomorrow. Have you got what it takes? Then show us what you’re made of.

HOPE European Exchange programme

We are pleased to be sponsoring the HOPE European Exchange programme again in 2016. It’s a unique and exciting opportunity for individuals and organisations to understand the challenges of a healthcare system outside the UK. The benefits are personal, as well as professional, as it leads to seeing your own role and the NHS in a whole new light.

What to do next

Have you decided which programme is right for you? Confirmed your eligibility? Spoken to your line manager for approval? The next step is to become the best leader you can be. We look forward to receiving your application.
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