The role of the chief executive in health care has never been more important. How we help our chief executives to be successful ‘in role’ whether newly appointed or experienced – is one of the NHS’s most important leadership issues. As the health system evolves and new models of care emerge, chief executives who can successfully lead their provider organisations and collaborate across the system in the transformation of care are key.


The Chief Executive Development Network has been designed to support chief executives with their personal development and ensure they are the best they can be in these challenging roles, both for themselves and their organisations/systems.


This development network is supported by NHS Improvement and NHS Providers.  It is intended to support chief executives at a time when the challenge in the system, to deliver today while creating the services for tomorrow, is the greatest it has ever been and therefore the need for support to its most senior leaders at its highest.


The Chief Executive Development Network is independent as it is fully funded by the membership of the Network and is hosted by the Leadership Academy.


To find out more, please contact us at ceo.nla@hee.nhs.uk



The Chief Executive Development Network is a completely independent, ‘safe’ space where, along with your peers and subject experts, you can focus on your learning and development, and both offer and receive challenge and support to one another. The purpose of this network is to learn and develop and as such is designed to refresh, replenish and reenergise.


The learning method is based upon Self-Directed Learning (SDL), allowing you to manage and take control of your own learning to get the best out of your membership, with support from our leadership development practitioners.


It also:


  • Connects you with peers who have an intimate understanding of being a chief executive and the challenges and pressures it brings
  • Looks at leading across organisations and providing leadership in the wider health and care economy
  • Supports you in your day job rather than pulling you from it
  • Provides insights and expertise – where helpful – from beyond the health and care sectors, as well as from NHS colleagues.
  • Allows you to take an active role and be responsible for your learning
“The problem solving in an action learning environment has led to specific examples of what will help me to solve my problems in the immediate future.” – read the full blog by Jim Barwick here.

Who’s it for?


The Chief Executive Development Network is aimed at leaders at chief executive level in an NHS accountable role, focused on both service provision and system development.


This offer is likely to appeal to individuals at chief executive level, in NHS provider trusts and in senior systems leadership roles with responsibility for achieving significant organisational collaboration e.g. NHS commissioning organisations, Department of Health and Social Care, the 14 Health and Social Care Arms-Length Bodies, Local Authorities, and others.

Register for the programme

Call us on 0113 3225699
Email us at CEO.nla@hee.nhs.uk