You’ve worked your way up. You’ve trained, self-improved. You’ve given up your own time. You’ve inspired others and earned respect. You’ve overcome adversity. You’ve proven just how good you are. But you’re not done yet.  


If your next move is towards a board level position, or a significantly more senior role then our Ready Now programme for aspiring senior BAME (black, Asian and minority ethnic) leaders can help realise your potential. The programme will support you to work within the system, to transform towards greater levels of equality and inclusion as you progress.


Ready Now is an innovative, inspirational positive action programme from the NHS Leadership Academy which will enhance your skills, knowledge and ability to succeed. It’s a game changer.


There are taught elements, self-taught elements, group work, psychodynamic processes, experiential learning and a constantly evolving range of approaches to support your success.


And, once on the programme you’ll be contributing to a more inclusive leadership culture that better represents the demographic of our country and showcases the depth and breadth of BAME talent across the NHS.


The Ready Now Programme: Participant Guide eBook (12 MB)


The Ready Now Programme: Line Manager Guide eBook (4 MB)


The participant experience:




“There’s a clear link between having a racially representative workforce at every level, and the ability of the NHS to deliver quality patient care. Additionally, being able to meet future challenges, such as reducing health inequalities and having ever-higher levels of staff engagement, cannot be achieved without racial inclusion at senior levels.


Across the NHS and the wider social care systems, there’s some way to go before this vision becomes a reality. Ready Now is both an essential and timely intervention to help bring about this change. This is a programme which begins with the assumption that BAME staff face complex and unique challenges to their progression. These challenges are due in part to multiple day-to-day obstacles which are embedded within and permeate all aspects of the system. BAME staff have a particular and powerful role to play in changing this.


Ready Now has been designed to improve patient care by utilising and unleashing the talents of BAME leaders at the most senior levels. This programme is for you if you have aspirations to:


  • Progress into more senior roles
  • Impact systems for greater levels of inclusion
  • Ensure that other BAME and under-represented groups will be ‘lifted up as you climb’


Past participants tell us this stretching and supportive programme has enabled them to lead more effectively and with impact.


Ready Now will give you the space to deeply consider how you lead, and what it means to have impact. You’ll be able to explore this through various lenses, including power, individual and collective identities and the relevance of these to the realities of your role and workplace. You’ll also experiment and test new strategies for leadership impact. The work involved here is key to enabling voice, choice and growing the confidence and capabilities to powerfully lead for inclusion, for the benefit of patients and staff.


Is this the outcome you desire for your leadership? Are you ready and prepared to commit to your learning? Then Ready Now is for you.”


Head of inclusion and systems leadership, Tracie Jolliff


For participants:


The aim of the Ready Now programme is to release the leadership potential of participants with the specific learning needed to:


  • Progress into more senior roles within the NHS
  • Provide the NHS with outstanding, inclusive leaders for the future
  • Effectively influence change within the NHS so that it achieves considerably greater levels of race equality specifically, and the whole spectrum of equality generally
  • Develop BAME leaders to reach their potential meaning better patient care is provided
  • Harness skills to create more inclusive cultures across the NHS


It’s a truly blended learning experience, drawing on cutting edge research on the issues that influence the progression of BAME leaders and affect the NHS.


At the end of your journey, you’ll be in a position to showcase your leadership learning and have the confidence in yourself to influence a more inclusive NHS.


You’ll be more adept at convincing others of your potential, by providing concrete evidence that supports the difference your learning has made in an extended work context.

For the organisation:


  • Work at a faster pace towards the equality agenda
  • Inspire other BAME colleagues to progress into more senior roles
  • Participants bringing positive and productive changes to their teams, services and patients in areas such as increasing staff morale, improving patient experience and effective service redesign
  • More strategic working with greater collaboration across large and complex programmes, departments, services and systems of care, leading to less waste and more efficient use of resources
  • Building a powerful, regional and national support network of like-minded, influential leaders that the organisation can gain support from and test out innovative ideas
  • Increasing the number of inspiring and innovative leaders in the organisation’s talent pipeline for better succession planning
  • Demonstrate improved leadership practices thus having a greater positive impact on organisational culture and inclusive, patient centred care

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