On Wednesday 5 September 2018, the NHS Leadership Academy announced its new Rosalind Franklin programme for mid-level leaders in health and care.
The nine-month programme is due to open for applications later this year and will incorporate a blended learning style with mandatory and comprehensive online learning, face to face workshops and small group work.
It aims to help shape the knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviours of clinical or non-clinical mid-level leaders to help them become outstanding leaders, and for the NHS to develop inclusive and compassionate leaders working at all levels across the NHS to help improve patient care, people’s health and their experiences of the NHS.
The NHS Leadership Academy has a proud tradition of naming its leadership development programmes after those who have had a positive and influential impact on health care. Current programme names include Edward Jenner, Mary Seacole, Elizabeth Garrett Anderson and Nye Bevan.
The Rosalind Franklin programme is currently in the design stage with the application process due to open in autumn 2018. It is aimed at mid-level clinical or non-clinical leaders aspiring to lead large and complex programmes, departments, services or systems of care, who could be described as people who are:
- Directly leading those who manage others i.e. a step beyond first line management. This group is likely to include those who work in a traditional team based in a structured medium to large organisation
- Specialist individual contributors who may not directly lead a team but who must, as part of their role, play an active part in a network/system which requires them to embody leadership around an issue, pathway or service etc. This might include clinical nurse specialists and doctors, including a proportion of those in training
- Professionals who lead teams of specialists that may exist on a temporary basis before dissolving, and then realigning again around specific issues. This group might include those leading complex projects and initiatives who operate at the pivot points between other professional groups and need to balance operational and strategic demands
- Managing complex programmes and projects, substantial budgets, politically sensitive and significantly impactful work.
Anyone can register their interest in the programme on our website. We’ll provide further information about the programme when the application process opens about what to do next.