Key information


The Chief Executive Development Network (CEDN) is a completely confidential, ‘safe’ space where, along with colleagues and subject experts, you dedicate structured time to developing your leadership by extending your network, exploring contemporary leadership thinking and fresh perspectives, encountering new cross-sector ideas and approaches whilst offering and receiving peer challenge and support. The purpose of this network is to learn and develop and as such is designed to refresh, replenish and re-energise. 

The learning method is based upon Self-Directed Learning (SDL), allowing you to manage and take control of your learning to get the best out of your membership, with support from our leadership development practitioners. It also means that Network events are highly responsive, both to political and sector developments and because your learning priorities actively shape the events we offer.

It also:

  • Connects you with peers who have an intimate understanding of being a chief executive and the challenges and pressures it brings
  • Offers opportunities to meet national figures for developmental conversations, offering insight into their perspective and influencing their thinking
  • Looks at leading across organisations and systems providing leadership in the wider health and care economy
  • Provides insights and expertise – were helpful – from beyond the health and care sectors, as well as from NHS colleagues.
  • Allows you to take an active role and be responsible for your learning

What we’ll cover

  • Meeting with colleagues from like and similar roles
  • Opportunities to influence and inform senior colleagues in health and social care
  • Working with leaders from other sectors who bring fresh perspectives to shared challenges
  • New leadership approaches to expand and inform your thinking
  • Developing technical skills and knowledge: What you need to know and do from a technical perspective in your role
  • Improving interpersonal skills and relationships: Developing effective working relationships with key stakeholders, having difficult conversations and exploring emotional intelligence
  • Increasing self-awareness and changing habits, behaviours, values and beliefs growing from surviving to thriving: Increasing resilience, developing support networks and learning how to use the personal brand to mitigate against risks
  • Organisational development and system leadership: Support with the challenges of organisational and system transformation and shaping the local environment and national policy


This network is fully funded by the NHS Leadership Academy. This means:

  • Attendance at network meetings is free 
  • For first-time (newly appointed) chief executives, sessions with a transition coach will be funded by the NHS Leadership Academy.

Please note the only cost to members will be their travel and accommodation to attend the events 

To find out more, please email us at [email protected]