First year of the Mary Seacole leadership development programme

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Almost 1,300 people working across healthcare have passed the NHS Leadership Academy’s Mary Seacole programme. The year-long leadership development programme is designed for NHS employees or those delivering NHS funded care who want to take on their first formal leadership role or have recently done so.

Mary Seacole
Mary Seacole

The Mary Seacole programme develops key leadership skills, especially leading patient-centred services, fostering staff engagement, giving feedback, communication, patient safety and decision-making. Central to the programme is a leadership initiative enabling participants to lead a change in their organisations that improves patient care and develops their leadership capabilities.

Chris Lake, head of professional development at the NHS Leadership Academy said: “Seeing the first cohort of participants from across the NHS graduate from the Mary Seacole programme marks a major milestone for the Academy and the wider health service. The range and diversity of those who graduated; from porters to consultants and nurses to finance accountants and all in between, is testament to the strength of the programme and the breadth of its appeal.”

Chris added: “Our professional development programmes are part of the largest investment into leadership development the NHS has ever seen. Being a part of the journeys of each of our inaugural alumni has been incredibly rewarding.”

The programme is fully accredited and leads to a Postgraduate Certificate in Healthcare Leadership.

This is what some of our participants said about the programme:

“I’ve discovered two things so far from the course; that I can improve quality without being the top manager in my department, and that although I work as a nurse I can contribute to the wider organisation in a way that helps patients” – Sister, Acute Sector

“It’s providing me with new skills and knowledge to make me a better leader within my role as commissioning manager for urgent care.” – Non clinical, general management

“I’m already using what I am learning; it’s updating me to current ideas and putting the focus back on patients.” – Clinical Nurse

The Mary Seacole programme is designed and delivered by the Academy in partnership with renowned global consultancy the Hay Group and academic experts The Open University.

This is what our partners said about the programme:

Dr. Richard Holti, The Open University said: “The Mary Seacole programme was designed to introduce people across the NHS to a range of leadership and service improvement ideas. Participants learn by selecting what is relevant and helpful to improving how they currently work. We are genuinely thrilled at the results to date – over 95% pass rate for those completing the course – and the quality of the academic work produced by people who told us that it was a long time since they had studied. Above all, people have used the programme to make a real difference where they work, and are taking away the lessons for the future.”

Phil Kenmore, director at Hay Group said: “It’s been an enormous privilege working over the past year with participants from all areas of the NHS. I‘m delighted that both the academic results and the experiences of people on the Mary Seacole programme are so positive and directly reflect the amazing work that they carry out every day.”

Over 31,000 people have now participated in programmes at the NHS Leadership Academy. Read more about the programmes here, and impact here.

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