Leadership Academy

Key information


The Stepping Up programme has been designed to provide people working between bands 5 to 7 or equivalent with the correct level of theory needed to help them work towards becoming influencers in their role. In contrast, the Ready Now programme provides more strategic content and theory to get participants ready to work at a senior level – towards executive board level.

What’s the cost of the programme?

The Stepping Up programme is fully funded by the Academy. However, this does not mean it is free. Participants must commit themselves to the full journey of the programme and will be asked to sign a document expressing the intention to do so, prior to taking a place. If participants withdraw from the programme before fully completing it, and without extenuating circumstances agreed with the NHS Leadership Academy, your organisation will be liable to bear the full cost of the programme which is £1,500.

Supporting Documents

We recommend that you discuss potential Stepping Up programme dates with your line manager ahead of applying and where possible, get a copy of the Terms and Conditions signed; this will help speed up your application.

Stepping Up Programme Application guidance

Stepping Up Participant Guide

Stepping Up Line Manager Guide

Stepping Up Programme Terms and Conditions (Bands 5 & 6)

Stepping Up Programme Terms and Conditions (Band 7)