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New NHS MBA – Higher Education Institutions appointed

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The NHS Leadership Academy has appointed seven higher education institutions (HEIs) who will deliver the NHS Masters in Business Administration (MBA) programme, as announced in a speech by the Secretary of State, Jeremy Hunt, last year.

After an open bidding process, HEIs including the universities of Bradford, Lancaster, Nottingham, Durham, Hertfordshire along with The Open University and Manchester Alliance Business School will have their MBA programmes endorsed by the NHS Leadership Academy.

Stephen Hart, national director for leadership at Health Education England and managing director for the NHS Leadership Academy said: “I’m pleased that we’re able to progress with endorsing the first ever MBA specifically designed to help build better leaders within the NHS.

“Since the Secretary of State’s speech last year, we’ve been working with partners to bring this ambitious programme to life. Work will continue into the exact detail of the programme and we look forward to working closely with HEIs and the Department of Health to develop this further.”

Launching in the autumn term of 2017 and into 2018, the MBA programme will give students the opportunity to develop their skills in business administration. The programme will be open to those students who can demonstrate that they meet the HEI criteria for acceptance on to the programme and can meet the university requirements for application of learning.

Each HEI will form a relationship with their Local Leadership Academy (LLA) to ensure that students are supported as needed. The LLA will provide students with an opportunity to access talent management resources and career advice from NHS Executive Search throughout the duration of the programme.

All applications for the NHS-endorsed MBA are made directly through the individual universities by following the usual university application process. You can find contact information for each NHS-endorsed MBA below:

Name Contact
Dr Julie Hodges,

MBA Programme Director

Durham University Business School

Tel: 0191 334 6372

email: [email protected]

Chris Saunders,

Senior Teaching Fellow, MBA Programme Director

Lancaster University Management School

Tel: 01524 593473

email: [email protected]

Elaine Kay,

MBA and Special Projects Manager

Nottingham University Business School

Tel: 0115 9515501

email: [email protected]

Dr Craig Johnson,

Director of Studies, MBA

University of Bradford

Tel: 01274 234347

email : [email protected]

Find out more information about studying at the University of Bradford here

Neil Greenley,

MBA Programme Director

University of Hertfordshire

Tel: 01707 284000

email: [email protected]

Chris Healy,

Head of MBA Marketing & Recruitment

University of Manchester

Tel: 0161 275 0453

email: [email protected]

Paul Armer,

Corporate Development Manager (Health)

Open University

Tel: 01908 858584

email: [email protected]


Find out more information about the NHS Leadership Academy and its leadership programmes here.

2 replies on “New NHS MBA – Higher Education Institutions appointed”

  • Dear NHS Leadership Academy,

    Can you please provide me with further details re the NHS Masters in Business Administration (MBA) programme? I am specifically interested in the course details, entry requirements, costs ( are these reduced as other NLA courses are) & start dates.

    Kind Regards

  • Hi There,
    Can you provide further details on NHS MBA Programme, I am interested in the course details, entry requirements, costs (including possible funding/sponsor details) and start dates.

    Warm Regards
    Helen Agholor

    Helen Agholor

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