About the Programme

The Edward Jenner programme is your first port of call if you’re looking to build a strong foundation of leadership skills that can help enhance your confidence and competence in your role.

The programme will support you as you develop essential leadership skills; open to all, this programme leads to an NHS Leadership Academy award in Leadership Foundations.
If you want to feel more able to deal with the daily challenges of working in healthcare, better equipped to care for patients, lead services and provide leadership for those around you – supporting them to do their job better – the Edward Jenner programme is for you.

The programme has been designed with health and care staff, for everyone working in a health and care context. Highly practical and patient-focused, it’s a great way to understand the purpose, challenges and culture of the NHS.

It’s flexible and enlightening, helping you get a fresh perspective on the impact you have on the patient experience – either directly or indirectly.

It’s also a valuable refresher at any level, as well as an important first step towards the Mary Seacole programme.

The programme has been redesigned to offer even more flexibility; the Launch module takes up to five hours and the Foundations module is designed to be studied over six weeks.

Launch and Foundations modules are free to access and based online
The Edward Jenner programme leads to an NHS Leadership Academy Award in Leadership Foundations.


  • The programme has been designed for colleagues who are new to health and care or an aspiring leader at the start your leadership journey.
  • Invest in your own personal leadership development delivered in two levels.  The Launch and Foundations modules are online, free to access and can be studied in your own time.
  • It enables you to become a part of the Academy’s wider membership, connecting with other health and social care colleagues and peers on the programme to share ideas, solve difficult problems and build your own support network.
  • Apply your new skills in-role as you learn throughout the programme and make immediate improvements to patient care.