Who is the Mary Seacole programme for?

The Mary Seacole programme is for first time leaders in healthcare, or those aspiring to their first formal leadership role. It’s for you if you’re:


  • Looking to move into your first leadership role


  • In a ‘formal’ position of leadership with responsibilities for people and services


  • Able to relate what you learn to your workplace
Kate Ward, Clinical Team Manager at Leeds and York Partnership Foundation Trust and founder of the Rainbow Alliance, shares her personal experience of the Mary Seacole programme and how the programme helped drive the creation of the Rainbow Alliance.


You can read Kate Ward’s Mary Seacole blog here.


Alternatives if you’re not eligible


If you’re not eligible for The Mary Seacole programme, the NHS Leadership Academy runs a range of alternative programmes for colleagues at every level. If you’re aspiring to or are new (in post for less than two years) to a leadership role, we’d recommend you look at our Edward Jenner programme.


If you want to talk about your development needs, please contact our friendly team on 0113 322 5699 or email enquiries@leadershipacademy.nhs.uk


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

Clinical and operational service lead for the Somerset Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAP) team

What is the structure of the programme?