We provide targeted development for all backgrounds and experiences. We turn to global experts for the incredible content and we turn to you for the ambition, compassion and drive to continue improving our healthcare system for the benefit of those that matter the most – our patients.


“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?

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 leadership development programme is grounded in reality and results in real workplace application and leads to an NHS Leadership Academy award in Healthcare Leadership.

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, NHS Improvement 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.

Newly-appointed chief executive programme

The newly-appointed chief executive programme has been designed to support you and your personal development to help ensure your first 24 months in post are a success.  The service has been developed in partnership with NHS Improvement and NHS Providers to support newly appointed chief executives at the point at which we know the stretch and challenge is likely to be greatest, and the need for support at its highest. To find out more, please contact the Academy on 0113 322 5699 or email ceos@leadershipacademy.nhs.uk

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.

The Stepping Up programme

The Stepping Up programme is a leadership development programme for black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) colleagues in bands 5 - 7 (or equivalent) roles, who work within healthcare (the NHS or an organisation providing NHS care). The programme is designed to bridge the gap between where applicants are and where they need to be, to progress into more senior roles.

The 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 senior aspiring black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) leaders can help realise your potential.

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.

Return to Work Mentoring - NHS Leadership Academy

Return to Work Mentoring

Transition back into a complex and changeable system can be a difficult and lonely journey, which is why we’re offering NHS leaders at all levels an inclusive mentoring support package. Our new Return to Work Mentoring programme is an exciting and dynamic mentoring scheme delivered by Charmaine Kwame – Odogwu, Programme Lead for Coaching & Mentoring at the NHS Leadership Academy, in partnership with Lis Merrick (President of the EMCC) and Nicki Seignot (David Clutterbuck Partnership).


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 2017. 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.

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