Overview

Working in the healthcare community at any level is to be engaged in an environment where the exceptional is commonplace and new challenges arise daily. To manage these rapidly changing circumstances demands leadership skills and abilities of the highest level.

The Staff College believes that leadership is an amalgam of emotional intelligence, courage, analytical skills and commitment, along with the resilience to take setbacks and still be focused on the final objective. Our programmes have been developed to enable staff working within the healthcare community to consolidate and expand their leadership abilities by exposing them to a range of experiences and techniques.

Our programmes are delivered using techniques based on:

  • Learning through insight and experience
  • The application of immersive simulation with structured, honest feedback
  • Personal and peer review of observed behaviours.

Our programmes are delivered by a tried and tested faculty of established leaders with decades of hands-on experience as senior leaders in the NHS, the military, business and education.


We deliver three courses for senior leaders, ‘Leading Self,’ ‘Leading Others’ and ‘Leading Systemically.’ The courses run throughout the year and are open to anyone who fulfills the entry criteria and are delivered to multi-disciplinary, multi-organisation cohorts. Each module is 3 days long. Individuals can attend just an individual module, attend the courses consecutively, or in any order they choose.


For Aspiring Leaders

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One or two-day multi-disciplinary courses for CMTs/DFTs/STs/Registrars and band 6/7 nurses/ODPs/AHPs/managers, enabling attendees to explore their existing self-awareness in order to further develop their leadership capacity and impact.

Currently we only run these courses when commissioned by a sponsor to do so. If you have a group you would like us to deliver a course for then please get in contact with us.

Our hope is to launch a series of open programmes later this year.


For Junior Leaders

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One or two-day leadership development course, enabling foundation year doctors and band 4/5 nurses/ODPs/AHPs/managers, to build on their existing leadership experience and understanding through the exploration of self-awareness and personal impact in order to increase leadership confidence and capacity

Currently we only run these courses when commissioned by a sponsor to do so. If you have a group you would like us to deliver a course for then please get in contact with us.

Our hope is to launch a series of open programmes later this year.


For Undergraduates

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Introductory courses for medical students, designed to be part of their core curriculum. Students will increase their awareness and understanding of leadership by engaging in an experiential programme that focuses on their own leadership capability, in order to secure their commitment to leadership as an essential component of their future role as medical professionals.

We only run these courses when commissioned by a Medical School to do so. If you are interested in us delivering a course to a School or group, please get in contact with us.


This is a unique resource. NHS Professionals and their behaviours will not be improved or their leadership skills developed by self-assessment/online modules/crammer courses. It is only through the time, space, experience, and exposure to the generations of learning provided by the Faculty that change will happen  

Consultant and Clinical Lead, post completion of the Senior Leadership Course Module 3, March 2016

Thoroughly enjoyed the Introductory Briefing. Open discussion with the other participants is particularly useful – sharing ideas and experiences. I have learnt about my own approaches and what needs working on but also, encouragingly, what I am already doing reasonably well.  

Senior Manager post completion of the Senior Leadership Course Introductory Briefing, February 2016