Exciting new offer: QI Foundation course Quality Improvement Methodologies launched in our region.

Free online course available to all healthcare staff and patient/carer partners in Wessex.

Short duration - just four modules to complete: Practical tools will help you reach your improvement targets.

This modular e-learning training is based on NHS Wales highly tested and successful "1000 Lives plus" Bronze level training. The course will introduce you to the "Model for Improvement''.

You can access this Bronze Level QI Foundation Course here

Mary Seacole Programme for first time leaders 2018/19 applications now open!

The concept of learning how to be a leader when you’re in the thick of your day to day responsibilities can seem rather abstract, but the Mary Seacole programme is grounded in reality and results in real workplace application.

"For those in, or going into, their first leadership role, the ability to engage, influence and deliver services of the highest quality with the resource they have is essential. It’s for that very reason that bringing diversity of thought, skill, innovation and knowledge of practice into the way we do things can quite literally have life changing consequences. Gill Rooke Head of National Programme Delivery NHS Leadership Academy.

For more information including programme locations and how to apply click here 



Latest edition TVWLA Knowledge Hub out now, your one-stop shop for all the latest on leadership 

Visit the TVWLA Knowledge Hub and stock up on all the latest news and views in leadership and OD, updated every month.

The TVWLA Knowledge Hub has been developed alongside the Bodleian Health Care Libraries.

Head to the hub and access a wealth of curated content including national reports, research papers, thought pieces and evidence-based articles on leadership and organisational development.

The site is reguarly updated so be sure to make the Knowledge Hub a regular stop on your leadership journey. Click here and enter the TVWLA Knowledge Hub.



Developing People Improving Care - One Year On

In 2016 thirteen organisations from health, social care and local goverment came together to create the Developing People Improving Care Framework, based on national and international research and conversations held with people across the healthcare system. Read this report here

One year on the new report looks at some of the fantastic work being done to ensure compassion, inclusion and improvement are at the core of health and care, as well as developments planned for the future. Read this report here



Visit the Health Education England Leadership Learning Zone

Health Education England have created a new online Leadership Learning Zone.

It is vitally important for clinicians and leaders at all levels to keep their skills updated to inspire and help them lead their teams.

Truly authentic leadership is a journey, so they have developed a series of online modules covering all aspects of healthcare leadership to support your career journey and assist you in fully realising your potential.

Enter the HEE leadership Learning Zone here


Mary Seacole leadership Programme for Community Pharmacy open for applications

"Gave me the insight and perspective about my whole philosophy of leadership. Empowering my team, setting direction and delegation"

Sam Pharmacist branch Manager

The popular fully funded Mary Seacole Leadership Programme for Community Pharmacy is once again open for applications from pharmacists and pharmacy technicians looking to develop their leadership skills.

The NHS Leadership Academy working in collaboration with Centre for Pharmacy and Postgraduate Education (CPPE) will once again be running the programme in various locations around the country, including cohorts in our region in Reading and Dorset.

For more details and how to apply click here


Start a 'Movement for Change' with the Leadership for Empowered and Healthy Communities Programme

Application Deadline Extended to Friday 14th September

This innovative programme explores how leaders can grow and nurture capacity in local communities to improve health and wellbeing and ensure better outcomes for people living with long-term conditions, people living with a disability and older people. 

The 6 day programme (plus 3 webinars) which starts in September is aimed at senior leaders and clinicians across health, social care and beyond who want to use their leadership to shape their organisation to deliver the health and social care offer that their local citizens need and want.

Participants will have the opportunity to learn about best practice as well as developing the leadership skills required to embed co-production into organisations and enable strong and empowered communities to grow and flourish. For more details click here to apply click here 

The Story of My Life - part of the NHS@70 celebrations 

Professor Marion Lynch, the Deputy Medical Director of NHS England South, shares her personal journey into nursing, one part of a family legacy which spans the globe. 

This is part of the NHS@70 celebrations, collecting stories and personal accounts of the amazing work of the NHS since its inception in 1948.

Please read Marion's blog by clicking here.

Help us to shape the future of talent management in health and care

If your organisation is currently using tools or guidance that link to the talent management process, then we want to hear from you!

Click here to tell us all about them and to get involved with and support the NHS Leadership Academy's ambition to produce a central 'what good looks like' resource for talent management in health and care.

Are you passionate about Organisational Development and Collaborative Leadership?

The NHS Leadership Academy and NHS Employers are running a series of face-to-face and virtual meetings around the themes of OD and Collaborative Leadership. Click here for the dates.

Join us at LeaderFest!

Celebrating the Best of Leadership - Making a difference together

7 November 2018

Norton Park, Sutton Scotney, Nr. Winchester, SO21 3NB


Bringing senior health and social care leaders together to experiment and explore new ideas with a variety of diverse and unique speakers, workshops and interactive areas. LeaderFest will create opportunities for leaders to generate and exchange ideas, instigate new collaborations and enable inspired action after the day. We aim to create the conditions for collaboration and partnership to make a difference together.


Click here to book your place.

Communities of Practice Day

Tuesday 25 September 2018


This day will provide not only the opportunity to (re)connect with colleagues working across the whole of Thames Valley and Wessex region, as well as a platform to share all the fabulous work happening in our systems as well as a conversation about the ‘hot topics’ impacting our work.

TVWLA will share the current picture of where leadership and OD sits locally, regionally and nationally, our delivery plan for the remainder of the year, along with information about the emerging Regional Talent Boards. 

To find out more and to book your place, click here.

Applications now open for Stepping Up programme


The Stepping Up programme is now open for applications. The two to three month programme is aimed at black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) aspiring leaders across healthcare working in bands 5 to 7 (or equivalent). It’s been designed for individuals who have an interest in developing their leadership abilities and want to be involved in creating a transformational change in equality and diversity across the healthcare sector.

Start your application or download the e-book today. 

New Rosalind Franklin Programme Announced At NHS Expo 2018

Following Steve Harts announcement at the NHS Expo on Wednesday 5th Sept confirming details of the new National Leadership Academy's Rosalind Franklin programme, the Thames Valley and Wessex Leadership Academy is excited to be able to provide further information on this new programme aimed at mid-level clinical or non-clinical leaders, aspiring to lead large and complex programmes, departments, services or systems of care. Please click here to read the flyer

The application process is anticipated to launch in autumn 2018 with more information to follow. Please click here to register your interest.

About us

Welcome to the Thames Valley and Wessex Leadership Academy website



Alison Jennings and Maggie Woods - Joint Leads for TVWLA

Our Vision

More than 200,000 people work to provide free national health and care in the Thames Valley and Wessex region. They face constant change, cutbacks and complexity, and together they must transform the NHS, making the Five Year Forward View a reality in every community. Our Academy exists to empower these people, by developing compassionate, inclusive leaders at every point in the system, and a culture of great evidence-based leadership.

We equip current leaders to be more effective today, we grow the next generation to lead, and we promote leadership mind-sets, helping people apply their skills in working together, innovating and making change happen.

Our Strategic Objectives

  • Compassionate Inclusive Leadership

Ensure the presence of inclusive and compassionate leadership knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviours at all levels of health and care.

  • Talent Management

Enable, convene and support whole system talent Management.

  • Leaders Development

Increase the availability, scale and reach of high quality, high impact, leader and leadership development opportunities.

We do this by:

-Driving organisational development.

-Growing and managing inclusive talent throughout the system.

-Delivering a wealth of structured learning.

-Bringing people from different parts of the system together through our networks.

-Providing coaching, mentoring and learning on the job.

-Enabling conversations that lead to change.

Our membership mirrors the system, enabling us to meet complex demands by co-creating the exact intervention each group needs. We are proud to be collaborative and people focused.

We work with:

-Local Workforce Action Boards.

-Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships and Intergrated Care Systems.

-Regional and national partners.

-Employing organisations in health and care.

-Excellent leadership and organisational development providers.

Through this web of partners we develop connections and relationships that cross conventional boundaries. By shining a light on system leadership we provide best value and better health and care outcomes for all in the Thames Valley and Wessex region.



As a Local Academy for NHS funded organisations in Thames Valley and Wessex we are passionate about developing leaders at all levels, whether this is the start of your development journey, a point of change in your career or as an established leader who is facing the challenges of managing complex services and delivering change.

I strongly believe that leadership development is not about a single leader to whom everyone looks, but much more about the leaders that work together, across teams, directorates and organisational boundaries to improve the quality of services for all through a diverse and inclusive workforce.

“Inclusion is not a strategy to help people fit into systems and structures; it’s about transforming those systems and structures to make it better for everyone. Inclusion is about creating a better world for everyone” [1].

Working to improve diversity, address barriers to achieving commitment from all NHS staff and to ensure that equality and inclusion flourish we can, by working together, have a positive impact on achieving organisational goals.  There are many ways to do this, for example, good talent management and succession planning, having individual and team goals where there is a clear line of sight to the organisational goals and values and perhaps most importantly not waiting for someone else to take action.

We are uniquely placed in the NHS to support the health and care of patients, service users, their families and carers. 

[1] Richler, Diane. President. Inclusion International

Working as a Network of Academies

The NHS Thames Valley and Wessex Leadership Academy is your Local Academy for the NHS Leadership Academy, working with them to promote the national standards for leadership development and talent management.

NHS Thames Valley and Wessex Leadership Academy team (TVWLA) builds on a track record of proven success. Through our extensive relationships with local stakeholders, we deliver creative and effective solutions to local challenges that are both relevant and innovative.