Learning from the best: Leadership Academy pays homage to health greats

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The NHS Leadership Academy is naming its core programmes after inspiring leaders who made a significant difference to health and patient care.

Named in honour of the founder of the NHS, a pioneering black nurse from the 1800s, the first-ever fully-qualified female doctor and an innovator in the field of immunology, the programmes will be key to changing the leadership culture in the NHS over the coming years, so will be at the heart of everything the Academy delivers.

In October 2012, the Academy launched the largest and most comprehensive approach to leadership development in the world, and next month (May 2013), applications open for the programmes which kick-off in September this year.

The programmes focus on the skills, knowledge and behaviour leaders from all professions need to ensure they can lead compassionate, high quality, efficient health care for our patients.

Running alongside the hugely successful NHS Top Leaders and NHS Graduate Training schemes, the new programmes are:

  • The Edward Jenner programme – Leadership Foundations. Edward Jenner was an English physician from Gloucester, who spent part of his career developing the smallpox vaccine. Leaders in the NHS have a key role to play in improving the health of their communities and contributing to maintaining health as well as preventing sickness. This breadth is well represented by Edward Jenner’s work.

The Edward Jenner programme is our introduction to leadership, and is a free online learning and development package. The programme was designed by clinicians and patients primarily for newly qualified clinical staff but is open and fully accessible to everyone working in health. The programme is a very interactive, patient-focused, introduction to leadership practice. Once completed, the Edward Jenner Programme leads to an NHS Leadership Academy award in Leadership Foundations.

  • The Mary Seacole programme – Leading Care I; Mary Seacole was a Jamaican-born woman who provided assistance to sick and military personnel in Jamaica and Central America, before and during the Crimean War. She embodied the care and compassion we look for in all our leaders and is a lasting example of the crucial role nurses continue to play in healthcare.

The Mary Seacole programme leads to an NHS Leadership Academy Award in Leading on the Frontline and a Post Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Leadership. For those who want to take on their first (formal) leadership role, this one-year programme combines experiential and online learning, personal development delivered locally, leadership diagnostics, group learning and stretch assignments. It develops key leadership skills, like holding appraisals and giving feedback, staff engagement, communications, leading patient-centred services, patient safety and decision-making. The programme will be open to all those working in health (nominated by an individual’s place of work) regardless of professional or academic background.

  • The Elizabeth Garrett Anderson programme – Leading Care II; Elizabeth Garrett Anderson was an English Physician born in London, who became the first Englishwoman to qualify as a Physician and Surgeon in Britain, as well as the first female Dean of a medical school.  She represents the courage of all great leaders and demonstrates the enduring importance of inclusion in our health leader communities.

The Elizabeth Garrett Anderson programme leads to an NHS Leadership Academy Award in Senior Healthcare Leadership and an MSc in Healthcare Leadership. When leaders are approaching readiness to take on more senior leadership roles – leading multiple teams or services – they can apply for this programme. The Elizabeth Garrett Anderson programme provides personal development, online and classroom-based academic sessions, group working, assignments and mentoring/coaching. The programme is 18 months long, and available to all those working in the NHS or in NHS funded care, regardless of professional background.

  • The Nye Bevan programme – Leading Care III; Aneurin “Nye” Bevan was Minister for Health in Clement Atlee’s post-WWII government.  A champion of social justice Bevan spearheaded the establishment of the National Health Service, seeking to create a health service free at point of care for all Britons. Great leaders have bold visions that serve the needs of their populations selflessly. Bevan is an inspiration to those who seek a senior role in health with the potential to lead radical and lasting improvements to the NHS.

The Nye Bevan programme leads to an NHS Leadership Academy Award in Executive Healthcare Leadership. Working at an executive level in the NHS offers some very particular challenges, and this stretching programme is for those who are ready to apply for executive level roles. The Nye Bevan is centred on the needs of patients, and led by internationally-renowned academic and business leaders. It combines a significant element of personal and behavioural leadership development with the knowledge and skills needed to operate successfully at the most senior levels in NHS organisations.

Karen Lynas, deputy managing director of the NHS Leadership Academy said: “We hope these programmes are at the vanguard of a positive change in health leadership, where the contribution leaders make within the health team is recognised for the crucial part they play.

“Leaders should be spotted, developed and skilled to do their part, as every other profession in health should be.

“These inspirational figures serve to remind us all of the part we have to play in leading a health service of which we can be proud. Those who have come before us, from a range of different backgrounds, leave a legacy of which we must be proud and aspire to live up to.”

Chris Lake, head of professional development at the Academy said: “By the time the first cohorts start in September, a whole cast of people will have been working very hard on the programme development for a full year, putting patients at the centre of their creation and working with leading edge learning and health experts.

“Applications open next month, marking the start of our journey to ensure tomorrow’s leaders create cultures where patients receive excellent, high-quality care in surroundings where NHS professionals are recognised, valued and supported as leaders that make a real difference.”

The Academy’s programmes are based on a career matched life-long learning approach to leadership development and are available to everyone in a leadership role in the NHS and NHS-funded care. They have been designed to recognise the crucial part leaders play within their teams and organisations, and the impact they have on patients and their experience of the healthcare system.

Delivered in partnership with the NHS, nationally and internally renowned academics, business schools and high performing organisations, this new suite of programmes will make sure the NHS has the calibre and character of leadership that it deserves, meeting the needs of patients, carers and communities of the future.

Full details on the programmes and how you can apply will be available on from 1st May.

2 replies on “Learning from the best: Leadership Academy pays homage to health greats”

  • I am the Learning and Development Manager for East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust. Please could you include me in any communications on the above programme.

    I am currently planning our management and leadership development for 2013-15 and want to be able to access the programmes above as part of our plan.

    Pat Dawes
    Learning and Development Manager

    Tel. 01227 766877 Ext 73638

    Pat Dawes
    • Thanks for getting in touch Pat. We would love to work together. I have passed on your details to one of our leads on the core programmes and they will be in touch soon. Please also check the website for updates.

      James Marcus

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