About the programme



The Edward Jenner programme is your first port of call if you’re looking to build a strong foundation of leadership skills that can help enhance your confidence and competence in your role.


The programme will support you as you develop essential leadership skills; open to all, this programme leads to an NHS Leadership Academy award in Leadership Foundations.

If you want to feel more able to deal with the daily challenges of working in healthcare, better equipped to care for patients, lead services and provide leadership for those around you – supporting them to do their job better – the Edward Jenner programme is for you.


The programme has been designed with health and care staff, for everyone working in a health and care context. Highly practical and patient-focused, it’s a great way to understand the purpose, challenges and culture of the NHS.


It’s flexible and enlightening, helping you get a fresh perspective on the impact you have on the patient experience – either directly or indirectly.


It’s also a valuable refresher at any level, as well as an important first step towards the Mary Seacole programme.


The programme has been redesigned to offer even more flexibility; Launch takes up to five hours and Foundations is designed to be studied over six weeks.


  • Launch and Foundations modules are free to access and based online


  • The Edward Jenner programme leads to an NHS Leadership Academy Award in Leadership Foundations.



For further information please email us, or to apply click here.



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Dr Clare Price Dowd

“Taking on a leadership role can happen at any time in a career. You may find yourself in this position on your first day, or not for many years.  Whenever it may be, the Edward Jenner programme is here to support you when you begin that leadership journey, by developing the necessary knowledge and skills to be the best leader you can be.


The programme design allows you to learn at your own pace, whilst being part of an online learning community of other leaders, often facing the same challenges as you. The combination of theory and practical – along with the relevant tools – helps you apply your learning, adding value to you and your organisation.  The programme supports you to see things differently in yourself, in your team, and in the service you deliver.


If you’re new to leadership and are looking for the kind of support and learning that will develop your skills and confidence you should consider applying for this programme.


Leaders who feel supported and developed also feel more confident, and are therefore better equipped to deliver consistent high quality care and services; this programme is the starting point to help you do this.”


Dr Clare Price Dowd 

Senior programme lead, development programmes and evaluation, NHS Leadership Academy


For the individual:


  • The programme has been designed for colleagues who are new to health and care or an aspiring leader at the start your leadership journey.


  • Invest in your own personal leadership development delivered in two levels. Launch and Foundations are online, free to access and can be studied in your own time.


  • It enables you to become a part of the Academy’s wider membership, connecting with other health and social care colleagues and peers on the programme to share ideas, solve difficult problems and build your own support network.


  • Apply your new skills in-role as you learn throughout the programme and make immediate improvements to patient care.


For the organisation:


  • The programme has been designed with health and care staff, for everyone working in a health and care context, working across all levels.


  • Supports healthcare professionals in the first step on their leadership journey.


  • It offers support and learning to build personal resilience, confidence and capabilities which individuals can take back to the organisation.


  • Launch and Foundations are delivered online enabling participants to learn in at any time and any place.


  • The practical content means that participants apply new skills and work on improvement initiatives within their role.

What participants are saying:

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Community physiotherapist, Rachel Barnett

“The Edward Jenner programme has come at a good time in that I have the summer to complete and start to think about leadership and how this can be developed within my role.


The programme has highlighted some interesting points already. It has got me thinking within my current role about what sort of leadership skills I may already have without realising that I had them!


I think physiotherapists can benefit from this as it can provide the confidence to continue to develop and make a bigger difference to our working practice, in that we can be instrumental in factors that need to be changed. This can also open up new opportunities and a different way of thinking in a job that many are skilled within their field and feel passionate to continue the learning and development.”


Rachel Barnett
Community Physiotherapist
South Devon Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

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