Aspiring chief executive programme

We’ve designed this programme with the NHS Leadership Academy and NHS Providers to coach those identified with the potential to take on the role of chief executive in the next 12 to 24 months.

The role of the chief executive in healthcare has never been more important. How we appoint to such posts – and help our chief executives to be successful ‘in role’ – is one of the NHS’s most important leadership issues.

About the programme

This programme will enable you to:

  • engage effectively with patients, service users, carers and families of all backgrounds, enabling person-centred care in the local environment
  • understand the demands of a chief executive role, including leading the development of strategy, managing an effective executive team and the organisational culture
  • develop a critical awareness of your personal leadership style, your bias, blind spots and attitudes to diversity
  • lead with confidence in a transforming health and social care landscape and take courageous decisions
  • gain a solid understanding of the regulatory and fiscal environment, statutory and regulatory duties, risk and audit, and corporate governance
  • create the right conditions for frontline staff, irrespective of their background.

We’ll publish more information soon.

In the meantime, please register your interest on the NHS Leadership Academy website.

Supporting NHS leaders of tomorrow: blog series

  • Silas Nicholl, Group Deputy Chief Executive of Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust
  • Deborah Lee, Chief Executive of Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Navina Evans, Chief Executive of East London NHS Foundation Trust
  • Suzanne Tracey, Chief Executive Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust
  • Cara Charles-Barks, Chief Executive of Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust
  • Samantha Allan, Chief Executive of Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust