Thousands of healthcare staff apply to build a better and brighter NHS

Almost 7000 members of healthcare staff in England have applied to take part in the most far reaching and comprehensive approach to leadership development the NHS has ever seen.

With applications closing at midnight last night (Sunday 30 June) for the first intake, the professional programmes launched by the NHS Leadership Academy are set to change NHS culture by supporting leaders in having the skills, knowledge, values and behaviours to ultimately improve healthcare and patients’ experience of the NHS.

Delivered in partnership with local and regional partners, the national programmes are the first to combine successful leadership strategies from international healthcare, private sector organisations and academic expertise.

Karen Lynas, deputy managing director at the NHS Leadership Academy, said: “Improving patient care and patients’ experience of the NHS is the whole purpose of the leadership academy, and to do that we need exceptional leadership at every level of the NHS and within every profession.  I am delighted that NHS staff have so enthusiastically embraced the opportunity to invest their time in developing themselves as leaders and that our organisations have agreed  to invest in them too. The number of applications we’ve had is certainly encouraging for future cohorts.

“As well as ensuring staff are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need to be leaders, the programmes focus on developing the right values and behaviours in our leaders – ensuring that they create a caring and compassionate environment for both their teams and their patients.

“We can only thank everyone who has been involved in the development of the programmes, from patients, staff, external partners and academics – we are now looking forward to supporting and developing our first set of learners in the autumn.”

Named after healthcare greats, Edward Jenner, Mary Seacole, Elizabeth Garret-Anderson and Nye Bevan, the programmes are designed for people from all backgrounds and experience levels, who want to create a more capable and compassionate healthcare system. There will be a strong focus on creating an environment where staff feel supported and encouraged to focus on providing high quality health care to all patients.

Working with high-profile universities, businesses and patient groups these programmes have been designed to change the way healthcare is led for a generation. The programmes add to the Academy’s existing portfolio which includes the hugely-popular Top Leaders and NHS Graduate Training schemes, which together provide a suite of support programmes for every level of NHS staff.

With nationally funded places for nearly 5000 participants, three of the programmes which have face-to-face learning, will accept the their first cohorts in September/October this year, with the online Edward Jenner programme opening to its first set of participants as early as next week. Additional places are being funded by other NHS and private sector organisations with the next set of applications set to open early in 2014.

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4 thoughts on “Thousands of healthcare staff apply to build a better and brighter NHS

  1. Hi, unfortunately I have missed the deadline for applications but I am very interested in applying for this programme. When might these be repeated? Is there anything I can do in the meantime?



  2. is the Edward Jenner programme free to enrole on as an NHS employee? Can I ask all our newly qualified nurses to enrole without encurring a cost?

  3. Hi Xanthe,

    We’d love you to share the programme, there is no cost attached. It is especially applicable to those who are newly qualified, new or returning to a role and aspiring leaders. However, it is relevant to all healthcare staff (including managers, leaders and non-professional staff) who will find it beneficial – particularly the tools, frameworks and concepts included.

    You can find out more here: