Key information


How you will learn

The Mary Seacole programme is six months long with 100 hours of online study, plus three full-day behavioural workshops currently delivered virtually.

Learning is accessed through:

  • The NHS Leadership Academy’s virtual campus, which includes programme films, interactive content, discussion forums and online resources
  • Three one-day skills workshops working with expert facilitators 

For detailed information on programme, structure click here.

Programme cost

The programme costs £995 per person for those providing NHS-funded care. Payable in full prior to the start of the programme.

The cost is fully inclusive of the three virtual workshops and access to the virtual campus.


Participants are able to self-fund a place on the programme. To self-fund, please sign your name in section three of the terms and conditions as the person who will be responsible for payment when completing your application.

Key benefits

Individual benefits:

  • Encouragement to look within you for the right leadership style, rather than comparing yourself to others
  • Increased awareness of your abilities, enabling you to more clearly identify which styles fit your strengths, your emotional intelligence and how best to use it, how your behaviours might impact on others
  • The authority, capacity and motivation to implement change
  • The tools to transform emotion into an asset
  • Greater self-awareness and emotional intelligence, enabling you to work with others more effectively
  • Leads to NHS Leadership Academy Award in Healthcare Leadership

Organisational benefits:

  • Better succession planning, due to having an increased number of capable leaders in the pipeline
  • A wider pool of professional skills to draw on within the organisation
  • Structured, evidence-based perspectives on decision-making which have a positive impact
  • People with greater positive impact on organisational culture
  • Leaders who have powerful strategies to achieve change
  • A healthier degree of challenge throughout the organisation rather than just at a senior level

How to apply

To apply, you will need to provide your details and a personal statement.

We have also created applicant guide to help you with your application. We recommend you read this before applying.

We particularly encourage all colleagues from underrepresented groups to consider our leadership development offers.

Please note, where we are oversubscribed for applications, we reserve the right to close applications early for that cohort.

In the first instance, places on the Mary Seacole programme are awarded on the merit of the applicant’s personal statement. Where we have a large number of applicants with equally strong personal statements, we will award places on a first come, first serve basis.

If you want to talk to us about your leadership development, please contact the programme team by email at [email protected].

To check your eligibility for the programme please click here.