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October 10, 2012

NHS Leadership Academy to invest in development programmes

The NHS Leadership Academy in the UK will invest more than £46m by 2015 in three core programmes for leadership development of nurses and midwives.

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The NHS Leadership Academy in the UK will invest more than £46m by 2015 in three core programmes for leadership development of nurses and midwives.

"Around 1,200 front line health workers are expected benefit in the coming months before the full programme gets underway."

The projects will focus on training around 10,000 people each year, including around 5,000 nurses and midwives, about how to lead their teams to deliver compassionate healthcare.

The programmes include the Foundation leadership programme, Mid-career leadership programme and Executive / senior leadership programme, highlighting the skills, knowledge and behaviours essential to lead radical service redesign with a focus on patient experience and health outcomes.

NHS Leadership Academy deputy managing director and programmes head Karen Lynas said the programmes are designed to help those who lead the health system create the kind of work environments where care and compassion are experienced by all the staff, so they in turn can provide compassionate care to their patients.

"We want to create a generation of leaders who not only provide exceptional care to patients, whether directly as a clinician, or indirectly as a manager, but who act as role models and inspirational leaders for the next generation of NHS professionals," Lynas added.

Around 1,200 front line health workers are expected benefit in the coming months before the full programme gets underway in September 2013. Qualifications from the programmes will become crucial criteria to apply for relevant positions in the NHS.

They will sit alongside a £2.7m programme for as many as 300 aspiring nurse directors in addition to the Graduate Management Training scheme and Top Leaders, for the most senior board level leaders, according to the NHS Leadership Academy.

Procurement for the programmes will be in consultation with the NHS, managed and delivered together with new NHS local delivery partners across the country, and will follow the principles of good practice and expertise in leadership found in high performing organisations around the world.

The programmes are designed to permit the healthcare sector to build a professionalised, standardised approach to leadership.

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