Health Education England

Nye Bevan Programme

Applicants need to ensure that they meet the eligibility criteria, aspire and have the potential to move into a Director role/ or equivalent in the next 1 to 2 years, have organisational support and can commit to approx 15 hours study per week. Cohort dates are listed on the NHS Leadership Academy website, so please check that these could be feasible for you before applying.


Are you a senior leader who has led larger functions or departments for some time? Are you thinking of moving up to your organisation’s top team? Are you interested in developing leadership skills that help you influence beyond your immediate sphere and across traditional boundaries? Are you ready to make a fundamental difference to the quality of care not just in your organisation but across the healthcare system? Get ready to lead a culture of ever improving patient care across your organisation and the wider care communities. The programme leads to an NHS Leadership Academy award in Executive Healthcare Leadership.



Specifically designed to help CEOs and top leaders of the future gain the skills needed for tomorrow’s NHS. This flagship programme has been created by internationally renowned business and academic experts: KPMG, Manchester Business School and University of Birmingham.

After an intensive 12 months of self-managed learning that touches on every significant part of your leadership journey to date, you will receive the NHS Leadership Academy’s highest accolade – the Award in Executive Leadership. With your executive aspirations in mind, Leading Care III is designed to:

  • Give you an unrivalled understanding of the NHS from a system-wide, national and global perspective
  • Develop the skills, knowledge, attitudes and self-belief you need to succeed at executive or board level
  • See you collaborate with high calibre peers, using your diverse experiences to solve difficult problems and deliver cultural and system-wide change within the NHS
  • Expand your horizons and challenge inherited wisdom to improve outcomes and care for patients – equipped with the ideas and tools to raise the bar by tackling complex problems with innovative thinking
  • Help you build a powerful support network within the healthcare system
  • Enhance your ability to influence local and national policies
  • Ensure you make an immediate personal and organisational impact to improve experiences for patients and whole communities

Programme content

This programme is based on the principles of Self Managed Learning. This is an approach through which you will take responsibility and accountability for what you choose to focus on within the overall framework and spirit of the programme. You will assess and be assessed by your peers within learning sets, supported by a very experienced faculty set adviser.

You are also able to choose your personal learning goals to demonstrate your leadership development and provide evidence to show that you have achieved the programme outcomes.

The programme has three principle learning methods which feature throughout the modules:

  • Learning sets
  • Face to face experiential learning at residential workshops
  • Online via the virtual campus


NHS subsidised fee £7,000 (this applies to all NHS organisations in England and the home countries and all staff employed by the NHS)

Bursary scheme (fully funded - there are a very limited number of bursaries available for which a specific application is required)

The investment goes directly back into the NHS, through your development, ensuring that all healthcare staff become the best leaders they can possibly be – to ultimately make a real and improved difference to patient experience and care. The Academy’s decision to introduce a charging model for some of our offers is key in establishing longer term sustainability of leadership development within the system

How to apply

For information and how to apply for the Nye Bevan Programme, visit the NHS Leadership Academy website

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