Leadership Academy



Programme Structure

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

The programme is delivered nationally with multiple intakes a year, or you can check with your organisation if they deliver this through our local licence. 

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 currently delivered virtually

The programme is delivered in 12 units, each taking between five and ten hours of online study time:

  • Units 1-8 cover leadership fundamentals and build on each other as the programme progresses
  • Units 9-12 are flexible and can be taken at any point in the programme. These relate to the core management skills of:
    • Fundamentals of Finance
    • Recruitment and selection
    • Fundamentals of HR
    • Appraisals and annual review


Assessment is based on:

  • online activity and contributing to the online discussion forums throughout the programme
  • attendance to all three workshops
  • submission of a 2,000-word assignment demonstrating how you’ve developed and applied your leadership

Successful completion will lead to an NHS Leadership Academy Award in Healthcare Leadership.

If you have questions about any of the above, or want to talk to us about your learning needs, please contact our friendly team by email at [email protected].