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 The University of Birmingham and Alliance Manchester Business School together with the NHS Leadership Academy will celebrate today as they award a further 183 Masters in Healthcare Leadership, as part of the flagship Elizabeth Garrett Anderson programme.

The graduation of the Anderson programme today means that almost 1200 NHS leaders will have received the qualification along with the Academy’s Leadership Award in Senior Healthcare Leadership to date. The Anderson programme is delivered in partnership with a KPMG-led consortium, which includes National Voices, the University of Birmingham Health Services Management Centre (HSMC) and Alliance Manchester Business School.

Survey results across all cohorts of the programme have revealed that half of all participants have been promoted, with 9 in 10 attributing this directly to their learning experience on the programme.

Stephen Hart, national director of leadership development for Health Education England and managing director of the NHS Leadership Academy said: “I’m delighted that we’ve been able to reach this milestone, which indicates the impact the NHS Leadership Academy is having on developing outstanding leadership across systems of health and care”.

“The Elizabeth Garrett Anderson programme has been specifically designed with patient representatives and partners across the service to ensure participants who successfully complete the programme bring a real and immediate change within their workplace, helping to lead cultures of compassion, inclusion and collaboration that improve patient experience.

Annette Neath, Senior Fellow at the University of Birmingham and Anderson programme director said: “This is an amazing achievement and fantastic celebration of a collaboratively designed and delivered NHS leadership development programme.”

Ann Mahon, Professor of Health Leadership at the Alliance Manchester Business School and Anderson programme director said: “The Elizabeth Garrett Anderson programme is an ambitious programme which offers a unique blend of academic and leadership interventions. It’s been hugely successful with almost 1200 participants graduating with a leadership development award and an MSc, to date.”

The programme is aimed at mid to senior level leaders – clinical and non-clinical – working across healthcare. It aims to equip participants with the confidence to challenge the status quo and drive real and lasting change to improve the patient experience. Each participant undertakes 24 months of study on the programme – or 18 months if applying with accreditation of prior experiential learning.

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