Systems Leadership Masterclass series - only a few places left. 

Taking up a leadership role in a complex system can be challenging and requires courage and persistence (changing cultures takes time). It also requires the ability to reflect and learn, the ability to unlearn and the capacity to foster generative conversations which shift cultures from reactive problem-solving to co-creating the future. None of this happens automatically and a great deal of energy and effort is required to support systems leadership. These masterclass series aims to support leaders in developing their systems leadership thinking, skills and competencies to help them work more collaboratively across their systems of the NHS, local government and the wider care sector. We are now recruiting for the following masterclasses:

  • Public narrative

  • Framing and Reframing

  • Resilience 

  • Compassionate Leadership Under Pressure 

To find out more and to book your place click here

Leadership Dispatch - 10th January 2019 

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:

  • Leadership for Personalised Care Programme in the South East

  • Mary Seacole Local Facilitator Programme

  • Senior Leaders Masterclass 

And many more! 

Ready Now programme for senior BAME leaders is open for applications 

The Ready Now programme is for senior BAME leaders in the NHS at band 8a or above, who are seeking further leadership development and support to enable them to become senior leaders in the NHS. It’s designed to build upon the skills, experience and wisdom participants already have. It aims to nurture curiosity, expand horizons and help participants consolidate their practice with even more authority. It is a means to further develop their leadership skills, styles and behaviours; providing an opportunity to connect with contemporaries across the health care system more broadly. Successful applicants will be working at band 8a or above (or the clinical equivalent) and aspire to go further.

For more information and to apply click here

Applications close on 24th January 2020.

Self-discovery workshop for positive action BAME only is open for applications

Research shows that the most powerful factor influencing culture is leadership. Leaders who model compassion, inclusion and dedication to improvement are the key to creating cultures of continuous improvement in health and care. The new NHS Interim People Plan proposes all staff should have the opportunity to explore their potential and formulate a development plan.

This workshop uses the science of psychology to help you explore your own self-awareness, emotional intelligence and personal impact with the aim of helping you to reach your leadership potential and achieve your career aspirations.

For more details click here.

Closing date is 17th January 2020.



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.