Mary Seacole programme


Applications for the current intake of the Mary Seacole programme are now full. Please register your interest to receive details of future cohorts. You can also access the programme via an apprenticeship or as part of the CMI accredited route.

Our most popular 6-month leadership development programme, designed in partnership with global experts, recently refreshed and delivered by experienced facilitators to develop your knowledge and skills in leadership and management.

Some organisations deliver the Mary Seacole programme internally, and although we try and advise applicants of this where appropriate, it’s always a good idea to check with your HR or learning and development team first before applying.

What’s covered?

12 modules covering leadership fundamentals, leading for improvement and management skills.

Who is it for?

First time leaders in healthcare. It’s for you if you are in a ‘formal’ position of leadership with responsibilities for people and services, and able to relate what you learn to your workplace. You must be able to commit to a minimum of 5 hours of study per week.

Watch this short (2:41 min) video with Kate Ward, Mary Seacole participant, talking about why she’d chosen the programme, what to expect from it and what it has given her.

Why should I join the programme?

  • The Mary Seacole programme is grounded in reality and results in real workplace application.
  • It provides balance between learning the theory and putting it into practice.
  • It empowers people in their first formal leadership position to turn their success into consistent team success and to champion compassionate patient care.

Find out more.

How can I join the programme as part of an apprenticeship?

You can also join the programme as part of an apprenticeship offered by one of NHS Leadership Academy’s partner providers.

Apprenticeships are available in a range of disciplines including Leadership and Management, Digital, Project Management, Sustainability and many more.

They incorporate the Mary Seacole programme as part of the apprenticeship or offer it as an optional extra. This offers learners the opportunity to gain a recognised qualification from the apprenticeship and NHS Leadership Academy’s leadership development programme in one course. Find out more about these apprenticeships and how they work.

How can I join as part of a CMI accredited programme?

The NHS Leadership Academy is working with training provider Pearson TQ to offer access to our leadership development programmes with CMI accreditation.

This offers learners the opportunity to gain a recognised qualification from the CMI accreditation and NHS Leadership Academy’s leadership development programme in one course. Find out more at CMI accredited programmes.

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Quote / Testimonial:

“The programme gave me confidence in the way I worked, how I dealt with people and actioned things. It made me much more aware of the effect the team had on our patients and specifically how the way I communicated could make positive changes.”

Shona Jubb, Dispensary Manager/Technician, Dean and Smedley Pharmacists
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“I’d done lots of training before but the difference with Mary Seacole is that it allows you to go back into work the very next day and observe how things can change. It translates so well into the day job. I also found the cross-system learning element of it very valuable – you can mix with other people outside your own environment.”

Stephen Freer, Somerset Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAP) Team
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“It’s built my confidence in leading a project and leading others and myself to continue to learn new skills and push boundaries. When taking the lead, you develop a better understanding of others and your surroundings, especially political matters. I’m aware that I can’t change the capital P in political health matters, but I can look at the small p and prepare staff and service users better to deal with an ever-changing healthcare system.”

Clare Vine, Diabetes Nurse Specialist, Craylands Clinic