We work in collaboration with organisations and systems to co-design and deliver bespoke leadership development programmes. This enables programmes to be aligned with local and system ambitions and tailored to their specific development needs.

We design and deliver a variety of leadership development programmes open to aspiring and experienced leaders at different stages of their career.

We take the time to build strong relationships with senior leaders within the organisations we work as a critical friend. This enables us to understand the current context and challenges faced by leaders.

Who are bespoke programmes for?

We work with a wide variety of health and social care organisations both here in the UK, and internationally. We keep an open mind to different challenges and regularly work with organisations outside of health and social care who have a strong moral purpose.

Some examples of our current clients are:

• Integrated Care Boards, Integrated Care Systems and Integrated Care Partnerships
• National Health and Social Care Commissioning and Regulatory Bodies
• NHS Trusts
• Primary Care Networks
• Primary Care Providers
• Universities

Impact of programmes

Our practical and experiential approach enables leaders to develop:

• Greater awareness of their leadership strengths and impact, in order to more effectively influence others.
• Greater resilience and ability to manage their behaviour under pressure and in different situations.
• Deeper ability to review and reflect, in order to learn from their experiences.
• Greater empathy and ability to build effective relationships with others.
• Increased confidence to take on new responsibilities and challenges.
• Greater understanding of the complex nature of the systems they lead in and problems they face, recognising the need to work through and with others in order to improve things.
• Greater recognition of the moral elements of leadership and comfortability making difficult decisions in order to do the ‘right’ thing on a difficult day.

The rationale for a programme and impact it has will vary by programme. A programme may be tailored to:

• Develop the awareness of leaders about the impact they have on colleagues and suboridnates in order to improve team relationships and morale, their ability to work effectively together and reduce delays to patient care as a result of poor communication and interpersonal tensions.
• Develop the confidence of leaders to work collaboratively on improving the way their service operates in order to improve the provision of care for patients. This might be looking at accessibility, quality, safety, delays to care, delays to discharge, reducing inequalities or developing a new patient pathway (to name but a few!)


You can find out what our commissioners say about what it’s like to work with us, and the impact that our programmes have had within their organisations in our library of case studies.

Read our Testimonials

“I have worked with the Staff College for a number of years, and would recommend them very strongly. I have been consistently impressed when commissioning them to support leadership both in NHS hospitals, and across multi-agency programmes for improvement, large-scale change, and patient benefit. I consider Staff College one of the best partners I have ever worked with in terms of their ability to listen, understand and adapt their approach to the real world. Their skill in incorporating real-world work into learning, and showing the impact of their programmes in any setting, often wrapping around busy teams and services, is distinctive.

Colleagues participating in Trust, System and Primary Care development activities with Staff College have consistently reported – directly and through formal evaluation – that the learning was unlike anything they had done before and has remained with them in influencing their leadership style for years to come.”

Charlotte Williams (she/her) | Chief Strategy & Improvement Officer
Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust