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Leadership and talent

'We must do more now to improve the leadership culture of the NHS for all our people'  Interim NHS People Plan

Developing leadership capacity, capability and diversity across the allied health professions (AHPs) is a priority nationally, regionally and locally and we are working closely with the national NHS England and NHS Improvement team to support this across the region:

  • Join or watch our network webinar on AHP leadership on the 27th July 2020
  • Leadership development support for AHP faculties and councils in the region (coming soon)
  • Catch up on updates via twitter via #AHPleadership

Find out more about the national AHP leadership programme and resources.

News on our leadership development support for AHP faculties and councils in the region will be published later this summer. 

This builds on previously commissioned multi-professional leadership programmes:

  • growing modern leaders programme in 2017
  • a one day ‘Introduction to Leadership’ programme
  • a 9 month ‘Leading Transformational Culture Change’ programme aimed at more senior leaders.

There are also a range of talent and leadership development opportunities available from the North West Leadership Academy and North West Employers

Many local universities also offer leadership development programmes through their CPD portfolios. 

The NHS Leadership Academy offers a number of leadership programmes aimed at different levels of the multi-professional workforce. This includes:

  • Edward Jenner programme, a free on-line learning package, providing a foundation level of leadership development. The programme is aimed at staff in all roles within healthcare. It is especially applicable to those who are newly qualified, new or returning to a role and aspiring leaders. This includes a new advanced level launched in December 2015. 
  • Mary Seacole programme, a 12 month programme aimed at people in their first leadership role, leading to an accredited postgraduate certificate.
  • Elizabeth Garrett Anderson programme, aimed at mid-level leaders aspiring for a more senior leadership role. This 2 year programme leads to an MSc in Healthcare Leadership.
  • Stepping Up programme, a leadership development programme for aspiring black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) colleagues who work within healthcare (the NHS or an organisation providing NHS care).
  • Nye Bevan programme for aspirant directors.

The Healthcare Leadership Model, developed by the NHS Leadership Academy, can help everyone become a better leader in their day to day work. It describes the things you can see leaders doing at work and demonstrates how you can develop as a leader – even if you’re not in a formal leadership role.

The model is made up of nine leadership dimensions, which you can explore in your own time, at your own pace. You’ll find brief descriptions of each dimension – why it is important and ‘what it is not’ – so that you can fully understand it in relation to your role. You can also carry out a free self assessment to help you identify areas for development. 

Coaching and mentoring are learning relationships which help people take charge of their own development. The North West Leadership Academy provides both coaching and mentoring support to individuals and organisations. Further information can be found on the NWLA Coaching and Mentoring page

A useful list of leadership development resources from the NHS leadership Academy is available to view or download