Health Education England

Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Programme

Applications for Elizabeth Garrett Anderson programme open - closing date 22 August 2017

Are you looking to make the transition from a mid to senior level leadership position to a more senior role? The Elizabeth Garrett Anderson programme is an award winning leadership development programme which will help you develop your leadership capability, improve your confidence and increase your resilience. It aims to prepare you for the demands of senior leadership while focusing on the impact you can have on patient care.

Part time and spanning a two-year period, the programme leads to an NHS Leadership Academy Award in Senior Healthcare Leadership and a Masters in Healthcare Leadership; jointly awarded by the University of Birmingham and the University of Manchester.

So far, over 2,100 leaders have participated on the programme. Nearly half of recent graduates reported a promotion during their time on the programme, and 90% attributed this directly to their learning. Many participants credit it with re-energising and focusing them on why they work in the NHS!

Applications are open until 12pm on 18 April – please visit the NHS Leadership Academy website to find out more.  


If you’re a dynamic mid-level leader, determined to challenge the status quo and have wider impact by leading a culture of compassion at a senior level of the NHS, then this programme is for you. The Elizabeth Garrett Anderson programme leads to an NHS Leadership Academy Award in Senior Healthcare Leadership and an MSc in Healthcare Leadership.


Eligibility criteria

When leaders are approaching readiness to take on more senior leadership roles – leading multiple teams or services – they can apply for this programme. The Elizabeth Garrett Anderson programme provides personal development, online and classroom-based academic sessions, group working, assignments and mentoring/coaching. The programme is over 24 months, requires 10 to 15 hours study per week and available to all those working in the NHS or in NHS funded care, regardless of professional background.

Typically you will be from a clinical or non-clinical background and aspiring to lead large complex projects, departments, services or systems of care that include leading other team leaders. You may already be leading teams of service leaders/ complex services and systems of care and have not had any formal leadership development. Alternatively, you may be a newly appointed consultant clinical lead, or clinical director, who has not had formal leadership development training before and want to improve your leadership practices.

There were 158 participants on the programme from east of England organisations.

How to apply

For more information and how to apply visit the NHS Leadership Academy website.

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