The Stepping Up programme is a leadership development programme for black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) colleagues who work within healthcare (the NHS or an organisation providing NHS care).
It aims to create greater levels of sustainable inclusion within the NHS by addressing the social, organisational and psychological barriers restricting BAME colleagues from progressing.
The programme is designed to bridge the gap between where applicants are and where they need to be, to progress into more senior roles. Successful applicants will be empowered to drive forward the inclusion agenda and develop their skills and abilities in order to grow and progress.
The programme fits with the Academy’s wider body of powerful positive action work to promote diversity and inclusion throughout the health service. The ultimate aim is to develop more inclusive leaders at all levels of the NHS.
“It’s time for a paradigm shift to take place on inclusion; we want to move beyond quantitative responses and empower leaders to make different collective and individual choices in their leadership practice than they have in the past.
“There’s a need for organisations to embrace the difficult conversations we all need to have; to make changes to the conversations we have in the future.”
“Nearly 20% of the 1.3 million people that work in the NHS are from a black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) background. Without them the NHS wouldn’t be able to function, so it’s really important that diverse talent is nurtured and developed. It’s evident that the NHS recruitment process has been shown to disproportionately favour white applicants.
“There’s a growing body of research which is highlighting concerns about the absence of BAME colleagues in senior NHS roles. The Snowy White Peaks report, published in 2014, looked at the representation of BAME colleagues in the London area, in particular people in senior management roles. It found that:
“A further report from the NHS Workforce and Race Equality Standard (WRES), published earlier this year, highlighted that:
The Academy is helping to develop senior BAME leaders in healthcare with a number of inclusion programmes and interventions. The Stepping Up programme forms part of this important work.”
Head of inclusion and system leadership
NHS Leadership Academy
If you’re a participant, The Stepping Up programme will help you:
If you’re band 5 or 6 (or equivalent) you’ll:
If you’re band 7 (or equivalent) you’ll: