NHS Leadership Academy programme recognised in national awards

An NHS scheme to develop leadership skills has been shortlisted for a Times Higher Education Award.

The programme has trained more than 4,000 employees in key leadership skills. Photo credit: PA

The Mary Seacole programme, which prepares individuals for their first role in leadership and management, is an entrant in the ‘Outstanding Employer Engagement Initiative’ category. The award recognises organisations that have implemented a strategic and innovative approach to develop their workforce.

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The six month initiative honours Jamaican-born Seacole, a pioneering nurse of the Crimean War – a major European conflict of the 19th century – who made a significant difference to health and patient care.

Chris Lake, head of professional development at the NHS Leadership Academy, said: “I’m delighted that The Mary Seacole programme has been recognised at The Times Higher Education Awards.

“We know within any organisation – not just the NHS – that the first leadership role is probably one of the most important. The Mary Seacole programme has specifically been designed for first time leaders to support them at the start of their leadership journey. It gives people the skills and knowledge to take on their role, empowering them to turn their success into consistent team success and to champion compassionate patient care.”

Since 2013, the programme has trained more than 4,000 employees in key leadership skills. Areas include: holding appraisals, giving feedback, fostering staff engagement, communication, patient safety and decision-making.

The scheme is designed and delivered by the NHS Leadership Academy in partnership with renowned global consultancy the Hay Group and academic experts The Open University.

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