The Developing People - Improving Care - One year on

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

The new reports looks at some of the fantastic work being done to ensure compassion, inclusion and improvement are at the core of the health and care system, what is planned for the future and some of the steps you can take to learn more about the framework.

Click here to get a copy of this new report.


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

Free online course avaliable 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 the "Model for Improvement.

You can acess this Bronze Level QI Foundation Course here

Mary Seacole Programme for Community Pharmacy:Applications now open

The NHS National Leadership Academy, is working in collaboration with the Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education and NHS England to offer the Mary Seacole Programme to Community Pharmacy professionals.

The programme will be taking place in 15 different locations around the country until March 2018.

All places on the programme will be fully-funded by the Pharmacy Intergration Fund.

For more details and how to apply click here


TVWLA Our Activity October-December 2017

Developing people:Fostering innovation:Enabling collaboration

The final few months of 2017 was a very busy time for us at TVWLA and we would like to share with all of you what we have been up to.

Click here to find out more about our new vision statement and strategic objectives.

  • How we are helping you deliver inclusive and compassionate leadership, whole system talent management and high impact leader developement.

  • How we are supporting leadership development activity in the regions STP's and supporting innovation through timely interventions throughout the Thames Valley and Wessex area.

Become a GP Transformation champion!

Register today for this one day conference Thursday 22nd March at the De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms, 61-65 Great Queen Street, London.

The General Practice Transformation Champions is a one day conference to inspire and inform anyone involved in leading improvement and transformation in general practice in the NHS.

Registrations are open until 16th March

For full full details and how you can register click 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

Cohorts will be taking place in Birmingham Leeds and London.

For more information and how to apply click here



Shape the future of your NHS today

In July this year to mark the celebrations of NHS 70 the first system wide workforce strategy for 25 years will be published and your views will be vital in shaping this landmark document.

It will cover all aspects of health and social care, including what has been done since 2012 and how together we will overcome the challenges to go on delivering a NHS we can all be proud up to 2022 and beyond to 2027 to reflect Health Education England's Framework 15.

Read more about the workforce Strategy here and then visit the consultation portal before 5pm on March 23rd here to have your say.


Could you be a virtual OD Mentor?

Are you an OD practitioner with previous mentoring experience?

Do OD and all the regional national leadership academies are working in partnership to grow the OD virtual network by launching a recruitment drive across the country.

As a virtual OD mentor you will recieve a high quality training package in mentoring in the virtual space, the opportunity to share your learning and experience with others and the chance to work with mentees from across the country as well as a comprehensive development support and learning reviews.

"The first session opened my ears and my brain to how effective virtual mentoring is. Working with the two mentees allocated to me proved to be an enriching experience.  In mentoring them I found a wonderful opportunity for reflective practice, a space to challenge my own thinking on OD work and I learned from what the mentees were doing.  I recommend this development highly"  Previous cohort mentor

Applications close on the 21st February full details here or more details email here

Get the Knowledge 

Visit the TVWLA Knowledge Hub

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

Head to the site 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



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.