Core Managers: Developing Inclusive Workplaces programme: Course 4

Effective Allyship

Core Managers: Developing Inclusive Workplaces programme: Course 4

Develop your inclusive leadership skills to understand what being an ally is and how allyship can lead to positive culture change.

Duration: 4 weeks
Weekly study: 2 hours a week, 8 hours total.

Part of the NHS Leadership Academy’s Core Managers: Developing Inclusive Workplaces programme.


Understand and demonstrate allyship to ensure a better work environment for all.

An ally is someone who champions underrepresented groups whilst not being a member of the group that they are defending. Developing an understanding of allyship and how it is part of the movement toward equality for all is an essential part of leadership. This four-week course explores how you, as a leader, can create an environment where being an ally is part of the culture and individuals grow in confidence as allies.

Develop your understanding of Allyship.

Over the four weeks of this course, you’ll learn more about allyship. You’ll develop skills to demonstrate allyship as part of your inclusive leadership role. This course contains examples of allyship, with a specific focus on race, disability, gender, sexual orientation and gender identity.

Develop practical skills to foster workplace environments with allies.

After learning about allyship, how to explain and identify different types of allies, you’ll get clear instructions on how to apply this theory to your own workplace. You’ll take away key action items that you can implement immediately, as well as effective ways to be an ally.

What topics will you cover?

  • Introduction to the concept of allyship
  • Understanding why allies are needed in teams and organisations.
  • Your role as a leader to demonstrate allyship, creating a better working environment for all.
  • Develop your leadership skills to create positive change, applying your learning to your own context.

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for anyone involved in health and care leadership, from supervisors to managers, who is interested in cultivating equality and diversity in the workplace.

As the fourth in a series of training sessions on equality, diversity and inclusion in medical services, it will help you develop core inclusive leadership skills.

We recommend that people complete Developing Inclusive Workplaces programme: Course 1 and Creating a Psychological Contract for a More Inclusive Workplace: Course 2 , and Core Managers: Noticing and Challenging Microaggressions: Course 3 before undertaking this course.

Developed in partnership

This course is a partnership between the NHS Leadership Academy and the London Race Strategy team.

NHS Leadership Academy’s purpose is to help people discover and fulfil their leadership potential to deliver outstanding health and care.

London’s Workforce Race Strategy team recognise the challenge and complexity involved in addressing race inequality. They work across London’s NHS to make a significant and tangible difference to the experiences of its BME workforce.

For non-UK applicants or if you are not eligible for free access please enrol through FutureLearn.

Find out more about other courses in the Core Managers: Developing Inclusive Workplaces programme suite.