“The programme has validated my strong belief in addressing issues of inequalities in our system.”

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Edith Akenkide is a senior social worker at Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust and chair of the BAME networking group. In this case study, Edith discusses how the Ready Now programme has helped her to become a more confident NHS leader and how she is using this to support other colleagues.

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“I’m confident that I’m doing things that are right for the NHS, not just because someone has said they need to be done.”

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Diane Baynham is head of service design, digital urgent and emergency care at NHS England. She credits the Nye Bevan programme with improving her self-confidence and reaffirming that her leadership identity is firmly grounded in the values of the NHS Constitution.

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“Be ready to positively change the way you work and the way you think”

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Lianne Nunn is a deputy service manager at the Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust. Lianne completed the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson programme for mid to senior level leaders in July 2018. Lianne shared her experience of the programme and how it led to her creating new and improved patient pathways.

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“The programme opened my eyes to the methods of leadership in healthcare.”

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You can find out more about the programme and how to enrol here.


Louisa Conlon – Chief Pharmaceutical Officer’s Clinical Fellow at the Care Quality Commission – recently undertook the Edward Jenner programme. In her blog, she discusses the impact the programme has had on her, personally and professionally, and the shift in what leadership has meant to her throughout her career.

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