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Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Programme


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The Elizabeth Garrett Anderson programme is a unique, award winning leadership development programme. It helps middle to senior level leaders in NHS healthcare develop their leadership capability, improve their confidence and increase their resilience, to prepare them for the demands of senior leadership in healthcare today – and into the future.

This part time, two-year programme (18 months via APL route) was awarded Gold for Excellence in Practice by the European Federation of Management Development (EFMD) in 2016, and is fully accredited, leading to an NHS Leadership Academy Award in Senior Healthcare Leadership, and a Masters (MSc) in Healthcare Leadership.

"The programme immerses participants in intensive leadership development through ground breaking learning technologies, offering the theoretical knowledge and practical understanding needed to become inspiring and innovative leaders." - Dianna Graham Assistant Director of Mental Health, Rotherham, Doncaster and South Humber NHS Trust

So far, over 2,300 leaders have participated on The Elizabeth Garrett Anderson programme, with nearly 50% of recent graduates reporting being promoted during their time on the programme, and 90% attributing this directly to their learning.



The Elizabeth Garrett Anderson programme is a 24 month learning journey (18 months via APL route).

The focus of the programme is firmly on patient experiences and outcomes. The programme will allow you to explore the knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviours that are important for leading others when building a culture of patient-centred care. It’s specifically designed to enable you to put your work role, tasks and experiences to practical use in your study of leadership, while also providing intensive personal and professional development.

It is designed for the NHS, allowing you to bring immediate, positive changes to your teams, services and patients, in areas such as increasing staff morale, improving patient experience, effective service redesign, and providing financial benefits, while leading a culture of compassionate care.

You’ll be working for at least 15 hours a week, in which you’ll explore themes that support your development of self, teams and organisations.



Programme benefits

  1. Learn from innovative, world-class healthcare experts and use ground breaking learning technologies to prepare for the challenges of senior leadership

  2. Bring immediate positive and productive changes to your team(s), organisations, services and patients in areas such as increasing staff morale, improving patient experience, effective service redesign and providing financial benefits

  3. Improve your personal impact to help drive progress in your team(s) and inspire your organisation to build a culture of inclusive, patient centred care

  4. Work more strategically with greater collaboration across large and complex programmes, departments, services and systems of care; whilst building a powerful regional and national support network of influential leaders

  5. Increase your resilience to meet the demands of senior leadership within the challenging, transforming environment of the NHS

  6. Graduate with a highly sought after leadership development qualification, improving your career and promotion prospects across the NHS


Learning methods

The learning methods are a cutting-edge blend to keep you inspired and motivated via a flexible state-of-the-art virtual campus, residentials, face-to-face development and online tutor support. And to keep it all fresh and current, you’ve got the latest thinking from world-class experts. You’ll emerge from the programme with the professional skills to thrive in a more senior leadership role, ready to play your part in building a more compassionate NHS.

There are three core learning methods on this programme:

  • 50% work based application (where set activities on the online Virtual Campus are put into practice at work)
  • 35% online learning (academic content, assignments and discussion groups)
  • 15% face-to-face residential behavioural development workshops and action learning sets


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 available via two routes of part-time study: 24-month standard full programme, 18-month programme for those eligible via APL (Please see information regarding APL on the Leadership Academy Website).

To be eligible for the programme, applicants need a minimum of: a UK Honours degree in any subject with a result of 2:2 or above, or an equivalent professional qualification, or 3+ years of relevant experience leading teams or services*

* If you don’t hold a degree or equivalent professional qualification, further evidence will be needed within their application.

This programme provides the skills and capabilities for leaders from all backgrounds, clinical and non-clinical, to create a more capable and compassionate healthcare system. The programme is designed to holistically develop the knowledge, skills, expertise, attitudes and behaviours to support each participant in leading teams to create tangible and positive performance improvement at the front line.


Cost and funding options

The programme costs £6,000 (£5,000 for APL) per person for those providing NHS funded care. The full programme cost is £16,500 (£10,000 for APL).

Organisations are able to cover the cost of places on the programme. We recommend you engage your organisation early in conversations regarding your application to provide ample time to explore potential funding options.


Participants are also able to self-fund a place on the programme. The government offers a loan of up to £10,000 per student for postgraduate Master’s study. This is:

• A contribution towards the costs of study ie. it will be at the student’s discretion to use the loan towards fees, maintenance or other costs

• Non-means tested

• Paid directly to the student into a UK bank account


The Academy’s bursary scheme supports talented individuals from under-represented groups across leadership levels who, without financial help, would miss out on the opportunity to access its excellent leadership development programmes.

There are a very limited number of bursaries (covering the programme fee), which are available to those who have exhausted all other possibilities for funding and belong to groups such as:


• People with disabilities


More information on applying for bursaries can be found here.


How to apply

Before applying you’ll need to seek the support of your line manager and organisation as they will be required to support you throughout the programme. Along with your line manager, you will both need to sign a copy of the programme terms and conditions (APL or standard) which need to be submitted. All applications must be completed online via

The following documents will also be required to support your application:

1. A 500 word personal statement explaining why you’re interested in studying on this programme, your relevant experience and

provide a clear argument for why you should have a place.

2. Three supporting documents including:

a. Certificate of highest educational attainment eg. degree certificate (for APL, a copy of your Postgraduate Certificate in Healthcare Leadership or evidence of successfully matched credits approved by University of Birmingham) AND

b. Your completed referee form (a reference from your direct, or a more senior manager, who knows you well) AND

c. Signed terms and conditions (either APL or standard, bursary or non-bursary)

All forms and terms and conditions are available from

For more information on how to apply please visit the Leadership Academy website.


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