Leadership Programmes for Leaders in Primary Care


As the nature of primary care evolves to bring closer collaborative working between primary, community and social care through the Primary Care Networks (PCNs), so too do the demands on local leaders to work differently. We work with local partners to offer leadership development opportunities to those working within primary care.

We’re really pleased to have been included in the Healthy London Partnership’s recent publication: Clinical Leadership – Investing in the Primary Care Workforce as a recommended leadership development provider for leaders in primary care.

For Individuals: Senior Leaders

Our Senior Leadership Development Programme consists of three stand-alone modules, Leading Self, Leading Others and Leading Systems. The programme is open to GPs and those working at 8a or above from a Nursing, AHP or Managerial background. Modules run on a rolling basis throughout the year.

Find out more about the Senior Leadership Development Programme

For Primary Care Networks

We offer a variety of one-day leadership development modules to support Primary Care Network Clinical Directors, Board Members and aspiring system leaders. The modules can be attended as stand-alone courses or as a series of individual modules, dependent on local needs. All are aimed at developing the confidence of leaders and capacity for leading PCNs into their vital new roles within wider integrated care systems.

Find out more about the modules we offer here.

Bespoke Programmes for CCGs and GP Federations

We regularly develop bespoke leadership programmes for CCGs and GP Federations to meet their local development needs. Programmes can be delivered in partnership with other providers and specialists. Programmes provide the opportunity for GPs, nurses, managers, and AHPs from primary, community and social care to develop their confidence and capacity as leaders.

Find out more about some of the programmes we’ve run recently:

Find out more about the UCLPartners Emerging Leaders in Primary Care Programme

Find out more about our work developing Neighbourhood Boards as they’ve worked towards becoming Primary Care Networks in West Essex


Sarah See
Director, Primary Care Transformation for Barking and Dagenham, Havering and Redbridge CCGs

shares her view of the difference that she’s seen in leaders across the patch since the start of the UCLP Emerging Leaders in Primary Care Programme.

“…before, we were looking around trying to find people who would be prepared to step up into leadership positions and were finding it really hard. Now, we have really passionate leaders all over the place who are actively wanting to lead projects and really driven to change things.”

Read Sarah’s case study here

“Being on the course gave me ideas of how to speak to people, not to dictate to people but how you make them, how you lead them to do the work while you are actually getting them to think for themselves and they’re doing it themselves….”

“Being on a programme like this also helped me to understand how to influence individuals, how to motivate and how to develop relationships and how a strong relationship could actually make you deliver more efficiently and in a more competent way…”

I found myself exhausted and tired most of the time. Because I was working very hard, doing a lot of different roles. And right now, while I’m able to still hold a lot of positions and do a lot of work in various roles, I don’t feel as tired because I’m probably managing my energy a lot more than just managing my time.”

It was challenging, it challenged what I thought about leadership and about how I was as a leader…I think I can be a leader, I can do this, and it gives you a few tools to support you along the way…it certainly did give me the confidence to move forward.”

“I’m looking at the team members and actually giving them more responsibility and knowing their strengths now…knowing these people’s strengths and actually then delegating the work…I think that actually makes people happy as well, because they are doing something which they like and they’re good at.”

“I get less angry…I used to get quite frustrated and most of the frustrations were my own…I think I deal with the stress a lot better, because I’ve just realised that there’s no point working yourself up, because I’m worried about this, but I’ve just learnt not to let it come to the surface.”

“I can see certain changes in the way that I behave in terms of my approach to certain problems and my approach to certain aspects of my job…not only was I trying to have a strategic oversight, but I was also trying to do the actual work myself and it wasn’t the best use of my time. Now I guess I’m able to engage with people a lot more rapidly…I think a lot of what I do now is more collaborative…it’s all about co-designing and that’s really how I enjoy working in the sense that we’ve got this common challenge and this common problem and to come to a solution rather than me just sitting on my own and doing it myself.”