Six reasons why you should apply for the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson programme

Are you looking to achieve your ambition to progress to a more senior role? Ready to join over a thousand other graduates who are fulfilling their leadership potential and using their learning to improve patient care? The Elizabeth Garrett Anderson programme is an award-winning leadership development programme which will help you develop your leadership capability, improve your confidence and increase your resilience.

Here’s why it could be the programme for you:


  1. Broaden your skills and experience

    If you’re ready to stretch yourself, this is the ideal programme for you. It’s been designed to meet the challenges we face in healthcare today and to enable change and improvement. It will bring you a sense of confidence through high-level people management skills and the ability to put your new skills into action where you work.

  2. Start making a difference to patients immediately

    The strong vocational focus of the programme and the fact that it uses work-based evidence means you can start to impact on services from an early stage rather than having to wait until after you graduate, bringing positive and productive change quickly. The focus is firmly on patient experiences and outcomes, so whether you work on the frontline or you indirectly focus on patient care, the patients your organisation cares for will benefit.

  3. Progress your NHS career

    Now’s the time to get noticed. The need for leaders with the competence, skill, expertise and experience to achieve the ambitions of the NHS is more pressing than ever, but if you’re in a mid-level leadership position, the transition into a senior role can be a challenge. You’re more likely to achieve a promotion if you’re recognised as a programme participant. Almost 50% of recent graduates reported being promoted during the programme, with over 90% attributing this to their learning.

  4. Lead your colleagues to fulfil their potential

    Your learning will focus on yourself, your team and your organisation, so you’ll be able to use it to inspire leadership qualities in others, developing teams and services and bringing about change.

  5. Increase your resilience and motivation

    Many of our participants credit the programme with re-energising and refocusing them on why they work in the NHS. It reflects and explores the level of working required at a senior level, supporting you to build the necessary personal resilience, confidence and capability you’ll need to draw on during challenging times. Funded for the NHS and by the NHS, it’s designed by patients, staff, and academics and is strongly evidence-based and rooted in current day reality. It’s also very different from other Masters programmes as it mixes vocational and academic elements.

  6. Build relationships with the wider system

    The programme is invaluable for preparing emerging leaders for future roles in the new collaborative system environment. Participants become more likely to collaborate with partner agencies, meaning smoother delivery of care across the system (so less waste and more efficient use of resource). Participants build personal contacts with influential leaders and join a wider network from which to derive new ideas.


Applications for the next intake of the programme are currently open.


“It felt like a journey that was supported by many others in similar positions – at those times when you have your head in your hands over an issue or a problem, you know you can pick up the phone to someone else. Participants were encouraged to interact and to communicate in so many different ways.”


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5 replies on “Six reasons why you should apply for the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson programme”

  • I have completed the Mary Seacole course, in fact I was in the first cohort! Since then, I have approached my Trust on several occasions to continue my learning by enrolling on the Garrett Anderson. Due to the Academy changing the costing structure, (ie Trust’s need to pay for it!), and the cut in training budget for every Trust, they refuse to fund it . Seems the Francis report is all but forgotten!

    Tracy Graham
    • So true, the Francis Report seems to have been and gone and nothing has changed. What a shame. It’s makes one wonder whether these reports are worth going through, I suppose they cost a lot of money but is they were not going to be used to change practice what is the point?

  • Hi I would like to know more about theElizabeth garret anderson course

    Sherin Abraham
  • The structure and programmes are encouraging I was also on the first cohort of the Mary Seacole programme. My organisation wanted me to apply for the Elizabeth Garret Anderson performance programme however the residential elements make this impossible for me. Why does development need to include residential courses? As a sole carer for my 2 primary school age children this this effectively means I can’t access this programme or many others like it.

    Nadia Baig
  • Snap – I have dont the frontline course, Edward Jenner and Mary SeacoleProgramme – would love to continue but just can’t afford it personally


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