Health Education England

Mary Seacole Local Programme - Essex


OverviewMary Seacole logo

Designed for those looking to move into their first formal leadership role, or those new to first time leadership, the Mary Seacole programme empowers people to turn their success into consistent team success and to champion compassionate patient care.

This programme is a leadership development programme which is grounded in reality and results in real workplace application. The concept of learning how to be a leader when you are in the thick of your day to day responsibilities can seem rather abstract.


Programme content

The Mary Seacole programme is six months long with 100 hours of online study, plus three face-to-face behavioural workshops delivered locally in Essex.

There are 12 learning modules, four of which are around core management skills; the skills that people in their first leadership role really want to be able to have in order to be able to do their job more effectively. There will be modules on:

  • Recruitment and selection
  • Finance fundamentals
  • HR fundamentals
  • Appraisal and annual review.

The programme ends with a single 2000 word assignment leading to an NHS Leadership Academy Award in Healthcare Leadership. There are no other academic requirements, which means it’s much more accessible to a wider group of people.

The programme has been improved in line with feedback from our participants and now has these new features:

  • More practical management skills training to empower participants in their leadership capability
  • Reduced academic workload to enable participants to fit the programme into daily life
  • Enhanced face-to-face elements which provide even more opportunity for participants to connect with tutors and others on the programme
  • A reduction in cost to make the programme much more accessible to a wider group of first time leaders.


On successful completion you will receive the NHS Leadership Academy award in Healthcare Leadership.


New programme cost is £150.

How to apply

In a first instance please speak to LD Lead in your organisation or email

Learning and Celebration Event for Cohort 1

Date: 30 November 2017

Venue: Best Westeren Ivy Hill Hotel, Writtle Rd, Margaretting, Chelmsford CM4 0EH

Photos from the day