NEW Rosalind Franklin programme - open for applications 

The Rosalind Franklin programme is for mid-level clinical or non-clinical leaders, across health and care systems, aspiring to lead large and complex programmes, departments, services or systems of care.  The programme aims to help shape mid-level leaders’ knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviours to help them become outstanding, compassionate and inclusive leaders, working at all levels across the health and care system, to help improve services for people who access them.

Cohorts are planned this year in Newbury, Gatwick, Taunton, Birmingham and Leeds.

For more information please click here

Download our eBook for more information, including programme dates and how you can apply, or phone 0113 322 5699.

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Mary Seacole Programme for first time leaders is open for applications 

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 Ready Now programme for BAME leaders is open for applications

Are you a black, Asian or minority ethnic (BAME) leader at band 8a, the clinical equivalent or above? Do you aspire to go further? Do you want to be instrumental in helping to make the NHS the best healthcare organisation in the world?

Ready Now is the innovative and inspirational positive action programme from the NHS Leadership Academy. The programme will take senior leaders from BAME backgrounds on a transformational learning journey, helping them to realise their potential and take that next step up to a more senior role, to the boardroom and beyond.

Fully funded, Ready Now is a year-long programme which provides a combination of face to face, online and self-directed workplace-based learning.

Applications are now open – to find out more please visit here 

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

Coaching Conversations 1-day Masterclass – Primary care cohorts 

27th June Basingstoke or 9th July 2019 Reading

Coaching conversations are an important way to support continuous improvement, by increasing creativity and learning which, in turn, enhances patient experience and care. This is a one-day fully-funded masterclass aimed at staff in clinical and non-clinical roles in primary care across the TVW region who wish to develop the skills of holding coaching conversations with colleagues and enhance their leadership style.

For more information the flyer is available here and the application form is available for download here 

Applications are open now with a closing date of 1400 on Thursday 25th April. 

Systems Leadership research published and recorded webinar now online

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

This research will inform the NHS Leadership Academy’s long-term plans for supporting leaders in integrated care systems. This report, aimed at chief executives, directors and senior managers from NHS, local authorities, housing organisations and voluntary and community sector, is based on findings from interviews with systems leaders and a review of the literature. 

On the 6th December we took part in a webinar with the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE), along with Rodger Davidson from NHS England, Deborah Davis from North West Leadership Academy and Christina Quinn from South West Leadership Academy, and discussed the findings from the report. You can now watch the webinar online.

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.