The Stepping Up programme is aimed at black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) leaders and aspiring BAME leaders across healthcare working in bands 5 to 7 or equivalent.

It’s been designed for individuals who have an interest in developing their leadership abilities and want to be involved in creating a transformational change in equality and diversity across the healthcare sector.

The programme is split into two cohorts – one for bands 5 and 6 (or equivalent) and another for people in band 7 (or equivalent) roles.

Participants are welcomed from a range of organisations across the NHS including provider and commissioning organisations, Arm’s Length Bodies and national organisations.

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.

We particularly encourage all colleagues from underrepresented groups to consider all our leadership development offers.

Alternatives if you’re not eligible

If you’re not eligible for the Stepping Up programme, the NHS Leadership Academy runs a range of alternative programmes for colleagues at every level. We’d recommend you also look at our Mary Seacole programme.

If you want to talk about your development needs, please contact our friendly team by email at [email protected].