NEW Rosalind Franklin programme - open for applications 

The Rosalind Franklin programme is for clinical and non-clinical middle 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 hereDownload 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 

EQA Bespoke Mentoring Programme is now open for applications from active mentors

This programme has been designed to provide an opportunity for active mentors to complete a training programme accredited by the European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC) at Practitioner level. Recent research undertaken for the National Coaching and Mentoring Collaborative shows that, in an increasingly challenging environment, mentoring will be an essential ingredient within the NHS of the future.

This practitioner level programme is for active mentors across the South East and requires delegates to have some formal or informal experience of mentoring, including either working as an internal mentor (within their organisation) or using mentoring as part of their main job.

To find out more please click here. The application form is available here

Apply before 1400 on Wednesday 24th July 2019.

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 

About us

Welcome to the Thames Valley and Wessex Leadership Academy website



      Alison Jennings and Maggie Woods - Joint Leads for TVWLA

Our vision and strategic objectives ​

Purpose: The NHS has the right number of leaders with the knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviours that are required to deliver high quality services, improve health outcomes and continually improve patient care.

Leadership development is our passion and our business.

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

We strongly believe that leadership development is for all and it is about the leaders that work together, collective leadership, leadership across teams, directorates and organisational boundaries all working together to improve the quality of services for our citizens. Our programmes welcome individuals from primary and secondary care, and from individuals working in and across our health and care system as well as individuals from diverse backgrounds.

Our work reflects the priorities set out in the Developing People, Improving Care Framework. We focus on System Leadership, Talent Management and Inclusion and we support the development of quality Improvement skills . We believe in role modelling collective leadership so we work with key partners to deliver our priorities.

As an academy we facilitate local leadership development  programmes and masterclasses, we facilitate systems leadership interventions, offer coaching and mentoring and provide support for the development of Organisational Development practitioners . We create and support networks and communities of practice and support the dissemination of research and best practice. Finally we provide consultancy support to individuals and teams.