“I’m proud to say my health conditions didn’t stop me.”

Posted on and updated on by Nicholas Robinson

Nicholas Robinson is a scanning and informatics clerk at Cheshire Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. His previous blog shared how his positive experiences of the NHS Leadership Academy’s Edward Jenner programme helped build a positive framework for him to develop as a future leader in the NHS. Here he shares the health journey that transformed his health and wellbeing.

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The three stages of courage in nursing

Posted on by Dr Clare Price-Dowd

In the third blog of her ‘6 Cs of nursing’ series, Clare Price-Dowd, senior lead for evaluation and patient experience, explores what courage means to her.

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“The quality of my peers on the programme was phenomenal.”

Posted on and updated on by Deborah Lee

The NHS needs strong, stable leaders who are able to strategically plan and look ahead while taking the immediate needs of their staff and patients into account. We can spend years nurturing and supporting leaders to develop and progress into a chief executive role, yet the average tenure is just 18 months. What’s making people think about moving on so soon? And how can we get better at keeping them? 


In the second of a series of blogs, Deborah Lee, chief executive of Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and a graduate of the Aspiring Chief Executive programme, discusses her experience and the impact the programme has had on her, her colleagues and the system. The programme is a collaboration between NHS Providers, the NHS Leadership Academy and NHS Improvement.

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Elsy Gomez-Campos -Deputy chief pharmacist, Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital Trust

Empowering BME staff with an NHS Leadership Academy programme

Posted on and updated on by Elsy Gomez Campos

A few years ago I was a frustrated, black woman and middle grade manager who had worked for the NHS for nearly 20 years. My frustration was the result of fruitless attempts to influence my organisation to stop accepting the unacceptable.

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Eliminate the stigma of anxiety on World Mental Health Day

Posted on by Lyle Anderson

On World Mental Health Day (Tuesday 10 October), programme administrator at the Academy, Lyle Anderson, shares his own personal journey, and offers advice for others who experience anxiety.

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