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  There are several London cohorts open starting January, February and March 2019. 



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

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 launched a new online Leadership Learning Zone developed by West Midlands Local Leadership Academy.

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


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.


Celebrating the Best of Leadership - Making a difference together

We were delighted to have senior leaders from across the health and care join us at LeaderFest on 7th November.  Click here to read more about it and to see some photos and slides from the day.  

Please also share your feedback if you joined us on the day.  


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 winter 2018 with more information to follow. Please click here to register your interest.

Systems Leadership research published

We commissioned the Social Care Institute for Excellence to research systems leadership in integrated care systems (ICSs) and the results and recommendations are now published here.

Nye Bevan Programme closing date for applications extended to 21st December

If you’re a senior leader aiming for an executive director role, the Nye Bevan programme is perfect for you. It helps participants perform better at board level and accelerates them into executive roles, so you’re more likely to achieve a promotion if you’ve been on the programme.  The Academy's website provides information about the Nye Bevan programme and how to apply.

  • The part time, one year Nye Bevan programme was awarded Gold for Excellence in Practice by the European Federation of Management Development (EFMD) in 2016.  It is fully accredited, leading to an NHS Leadership Academy Award in Executive Healthcare Leadership.  It is delivered in partnership with renowned world-class healthcare, business and academic experts. The programme has developed over 1,000 senior leaders, with nearly 40% of recent graduates reporting being in a more senior role, which 90% directly attribute to the programme.

  • It launched in October 2013 as part of our wider portfolio of leadership development programmes, to help address the relationship between failing leadership, inadequate leadership models and styles, and poor patient care in the NHS.

  • The Nye Bevan programme helps aspiring senior clinical or non-clinical leaders to prepare for the challenges and demands of executive leadership in healthcare today - and into the future - as the NHS Five Year Forward View radically transform ways of working across health and care.

  • The NHS Leadership Academy’s key purpose is to provide development that liberates leadership talent across the NHS, develops highly innovative and effective leaders and increases the capacity and capability of leaders to create high quality, continuously improving compassionate care, to improve people’s health and experiences of the NHS


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.