Mary Seacole Programme for first time leaders is open for applications

Are you a first time leader with responsibilities for people and services? 

The Mary Seacole programme is an innovative and inspirational leadership development programme from the NHS Leadership Academy. Specifically for those in a formal first time leadership role, the six-month-long programme has been exclusively designed and developed for people working in health and care. The programme aims to provide the balance between learning the theory and putting it into practice.

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Compassionate Inclusive Leadership Programme

This 6-day programme is for individuals who want to understand and develop a personal approach to compassionate inclusive leadership and learn how to apply and integrate this approach into their practice. The programme will help organisations maintain and deepen their engagement in equality, diversity and inclusion through the lens of compassion.

The Compassionate Inclusive Leadership programme will introduce you to a simple, yet effective approach to inclusion, that will enable you to stay engaged with challenging situations without feeling overwhelmed. You will learn how, rather than reactively responding to ‘difficulties’ aggressively or defensively, to take a pro-active, calm, thoughtful and effective response thereby making a real difference in building an inclusive and equitable workplace.  

This learner centred programme, designed with the support of equality, diversity and inclusion leads across the region, aims to help participants improve their awareness and understanding of emotional and cultural ingelligence, skills and behaviours so they can bring a compassionate inclusive approach into their work and leadership style. 

Click here for more information and to apply. 

Place-based leadership development programmes - a new impact report is now available 

A report on the impact of two innovative programmes which aim to develop systems leaders and place-based, collaborative forms of leadership; in Frimley (Frimley 2020 and Greater Manchester (LiGM) has been published. 

This Highlights briefing is a case study commissioned by the NHS Leadership Academy. The learning from the case study will inform the development of its national and local programmes to help leadership grow in integrated care systems (ICSs) and other systems-wide approaches in health and social care.

The Frimley 2020 and LiGM programmes had positive impacts on participants, enhancing participants’ skills, confidence and capabilities and encouraging a more outward-looking, place-based approach to leadership. Click here to find out more. 

Leadership Dispatch - your regional Leadership Academy current offers 

The Kent, Surrey and Sussex and Thames Valley and Wessex NHS Leadership Academy have a number of development opportunities available for NHS staff and staff providing NHS funded care across the South East region.

Click here to view the latest issue of our Leadership Dispatch – a short bulletin with information about our programmes, courses and events that are currently open for applications, including:

  • Compassionate Inclusive Leadership Programme

  • Building Leadership For Inclusion (BLFI) – WebEx 

And many more! 


Primary Care Leadership e-book  

There’s a wealth of evidence showing that better leadership leads to better patient care, experience and outcomes – and with ever increasing demands on the NHS, outstanding leadership is vital.

The NHS Leadership Academy offers practical, targeted, locally-available and accessible world-leading leadership development for everyone working in primary care, whether they’re at the beginning of their careers or more experienced. 

Our leadership development uses a range of different methodologies, from courses, e-Learning and action learning to coaching and peer support. It includes ‘learning by doing’ as well as learning from evidence, personal experience, local communities and colleagues throughout the NHS. 

Click here to find out more about what the NHS Leadership Academy can offer you.


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.