Leadership for today. Leadership for tomorrow. 


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.



For further information please email us, or you can request a programme application pack here.



Our partners include:


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Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Eramus University Rotterdam

University of Pretoria


Participant experience:




Chris Lake
Chris Lake

“The change and delivery challenge we all face depends on our professional leaders, particularly those at the most senior levels.


While on the face of it the primary aim of the Nye Bevan programme is to improve patient care and experience, develop senior leaders through practical, relevant and applied learning that adds value to you and your organisation, the reality is you’ll also see things differently, not just in your place of work, but within the system you lead in.


Past participants tell us overwhelmingly that the programme helped them come to understand themselves better to improve the quality of care, making person-centred co-ordinated care happen, while creating a culture for quality, making best use of taxpayers money. They believe their individual development leads to improvement in the quality of the patient experience.


If you’re ready for the big next step, and are looking for the kind of support and learning that will bring you this kind of confidence, you should consider applying for this programme.


We’re not pretending it’s a walk in the park, yet neither is the role you’re wanting to take on. But we know evidence shows that leaders who feel supported, developed, confident and resourced are most likely to be those who also deliver consistent high quality and continuously improve care, and that’s what this programme offers.


Chris Lake

Head of professional development, NHS Leadership Academy


For the individual:


  • The programme allows you to develop the skills, knowledge, attitudes and behaviours to succeed and operate successfully at executive level as part of the board.


  • The programme is unique. The core is the Self Managed Learning and peer assessment philosophy of the programme – participants submit evidence to each other, making courageous decisions in holding peers to account for their impact as leaders, and making pass or fail decisions on each other’s work. These are the kind of behaviours that differentiate executive performance at board level.


  • It facilitates a collaboration with colleagues and peers using your own experiences to solve difficult problems; building your own support network with other participants throughout the healthcare system.


  • The programme is situation-relevant, tackling real workplace issues in a safe, scenario-based environment. This reflects the level of working needed at board level to promote safe, high-performing, and continuously-improving organisations.


  • Allows the development of a critical awareness of your personal approach to leadership, your biases, blind spots, attitude to diversity and how you will continue to develop your leadership after the programme. This learning is essential to enabling the kind of radical service redesign our health services need.


  • Creates a focus on your behaviours and challenges to improve outcomes and patient care. The programme offers experiential support and learning.


  • Enhances your ability to influence local and national policies, dealing with the unknown.


  • The programme has a world-class expert faculty of global business leaders and educationalists.


  • Participants who successfully complete the programme will qualify for the NHS Leadership Academy Award in Executive Healthcare Leadership.


  • The programme uses state-of-the-art online learning.


  • The programme is based in Leeds at the Academy and offers an exceptional learning experience.


  • Brings the opportunity to become part of the Academy’s wider membership, to share insights and experiences and continue to develop with others.


For the organisation:


  • The programme was designed with the NHS, in the NHS for those working in and with healthcare.


  • It was designed with national and international experts in health and organisational performance, with a focus on quality of providers.


  • The programme helps participants perform better at board level and accelerate individuals into executive roles.


  • The programme helps boards better meet operational challenges today and enable change for tomorrow.


  • The programme offers support and learning to build personal resilience, confidence and capabilities among its participants.


  • The programme is uniquely designed to scale according to the needs of the NHS without compromising quality.


  • Investment at this level improves recruitment and retention, reduces costs with interim and vacancies at executive levels and the associated drops in productivity.


What our participants and patients are saying

“I think it helps you to think two steps higher. To think about what are the challenges at Director level and what will the board see. It gives you the insight you need to move up and helps you to understand the challenges they see.”

– Nye Bevan participant


“Nye Bevan gave me the confidence to step up to the interim MD role and apply for the MD post.”

– Nye Bevan participant


“The Nye Bevan programme is for all leaders from not only clinical backgrounds but from accountancy to estates, which enables the participants to not only gain the patient view but from their colleagues across the system.”

– Penny Roberts, Patient Volunteer


“There is something about the simplicity of listening that can be very powerful. The programme reminded me about why I came into the NHS and why I do the job that I do.”

– Shahana Ramsden, Nye Bevan graduate, Cohort 6


“It’s the best thing I did…..it has changed my perspective.”

– James Freed, Nye Bevan graduate, Cohort 6


“A number of our clinical and managerial leaders across the Trust have benefited from the Nye Bevan leadership development programme. As an organisation we have realised the immediate impact and value delivered through their enhanced leadership skills, thought leadership and contribution to our culture, service transformation and staff engagement agenda. I see this as investment for our ongoing commitment to supporting service improvement and the future leaders of the NHS.”

– John Lawlor, CEO, Northumberland Tyne and Wear Foundation Trust


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