The Anderson Senior Leader Level 7 Apprenticeship

Start date
January, April and October
2.5 years
Course Type
Postgraduate, Continuing professional development, Taught
The Apprenticeship will be paid for through your employer, there will be no costs incurred by you.

Join the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Apprenticeship Programme and develop your skills as a senior healthcare leader.

Do you have team leadership experience? Are you ready to move up to leading larger functions or departments, more complex projects with a wider reach and/or leading other team leaders? Do you want to use your leadership skills to shake things up, challenge the status quo and find a better way of doing things? Then the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson programme is for you.

HSMC has been delivering the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Masters in Healthcare Leadership since 2013. The Anderson programme is commissioned by the NHS Leadership Academy and to date our partnership has delivered to 100 cohorts with over 3,500 participants have completing  the programme The Anderson Senior Leader Apprenticeship and is a new and popular route for learners and their employers to access the award-winning Anderson programme via the apprenticeship levy.

The Anderson Senior Leader Apprenticeship is a fully accredited programme that leads to an NHS Leadership Academy Award in Senior Healthcare Leadership, as well as completion of the apprenticeship standard. Successful completion of the Anderson apprenticeship then allows access to the Masters in Healthcare Leadership (MSc). You will graduate with a highly sought-after leadership development qualification, improving your career and promotion prospects across the NHS.

The programme provides you with the knowledge, skills and behaviours required for leaders from all backgrounds, clinical and non-clinical, to create a more capable and compassionate healthcare system. The Apprenticeship is designed to holistically develop the capabilities, skills, expertise, attitudes, and behaviours to support you in leading teams to create tangible and positive performance improvement at the front line. The Apprenticeship will enable you to: 

  • Develop a deeper understanding of the patient experience and strengthening of existing leadership practice through cutting-edge theory and evidence
  • Work more strategically with greater collaboration across large and complex programmes, departments, services, and systems of care
  • Bring immediate positive and productive changes to teams, organisations, services, and patients in areas such as increasing staff morale, improving patient experience, effective service redesign and providing financial benefits
  • Improve personal impact to help drive progress in teams and inspire organisations to build a culture of inclusive, patient-centred care
  • Focus on becoming more resilient leaders, able to meet the demands of working in often high-pressured healthcare environments, improving patient outcomes and experiences 

The Anderson Senior Leader Level 7 Apprenticeship, will allow you to gain a Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) funded by the Apprenticeship Levy. On successful completion of the PgDip, you will have the opportunity to gain a MSc in Healthcare Leadership. Please contact us for further details. 

Future Cohorts

We are currently running our Anderson Senior Leader Apprenticeship cohorts in the Midlands and London and are recruiting for the following new cohorts:

  • Starting date October 2024, South West. Closing date for applications is 12 July 2024
  • Starting date January 2025, North East. Closing date for applications is 18 October 2024
  • Starting date April 2025, Midlands (West and East). Closing date for applications is 17 January 2025
  • Starting date October 2025, Location TBC. Closing date 18 July 2025


Interested? Join the thriving community of leaders who have experienced the Anderson Programme! For enquiries please contact:


  • Understanding & Developing Leadership Practice
  • The programme consists of 6 compulsory modules and a dissertation. 
  • Building foundations for team effectiveness
  • Making Sense of Organisational values, engagement & service delivery
  • Delivering system wide coordinated care
  • Creating engaging and learning cultures
  • Evaluating my leadership behaviours and impact


The Apprenticeship will be paid for through your employer, there will be no costs incurred by you.

All employers who have a payroll over £3 million pay an Apprenticeship Levy. They can use this levy to fund your enrolment on the programme.

How To Apply

You will need to apply for the Apprenticeship through your employer, who will have their own selection criteria.

For all enquiries relating to this Apprenticeship programme please contact our Degree Apprenticeships Team:


Our Standard Requirements

  • A first degree at a 2:2 or above and 3 years relevant managerial experience or
  • A first degree below a 2.2 or no degree and 5 years plus relevant managerial experience.

It is a further requirement of an Apprenticeship Programme that you have English and Maths qualifications at GCSE grade C or above, or equivalent qualifications. If you do not have GCSE grades but are prepared to study for and complete these whilst on the programme you can still apply.


International Requirements

The Anderson Senior Leader Apprenticehip programme is a two-and-a-half-year programme delivered through a combination of on-line learning and face to face workshops (13 days in total) and face to face small action learning sets (10 in total). All face-to-face delivery will be in a locally accessible venue with exact dates to be confirmed via a full calendar covering the entire programme.

Upon successful completion of the apprenticeship we offer you the opportunity to achieve a full Masters level qualification via completion of a 60 credit dissertation. The cost of completing the Masters which is £3,500 can be funded by the employer or individual, or a combination of both. Discounts and scholarships may be applied in certain circumstances, please contact us to discuss.

Memories of the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson programme

These memories tell the individual stories provide a fascinating account of participant’s experiences of the being on the Elizabeth Garett Anderson programme and what it meant - and means - to them.

Kevin Thompson, Performance Development Manager

Studying with colleagues from other parts of the NHS left me with a lasting impression of comradeship - we might do different things, but we all wanted to be part of something better. The sense that you were not alone - that being overwhelmed, or ignored, or derided, were common experiences and not about you, in terms of failing as an individual. Taken together we could see our experiences pointed to working cultures that were not often unhelpful and at worse toxic, and that we had to be voices for change and challenge them if things were to improve.

Patrick Nyarumbu, Deputy Chief Executive 

My memories of the programme start with the mutual support from within the cohort. The fact that I am still connected to some of the participants 7 years after graduation is testament to the relationships and networks that you can build. The programme was designed to enable colleagues to reflect on their leadership behaviours and the diversity exercise on the first day is memorable. Thank you to all who have made this programme a success over the past years. It has definitely supported me in my career. 

Nazreen Iqbal, Health Inequalities Lead 

The EGA was a brilliant programme, and I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to complete it. I recall a first task we had to do, and some of the other delegates went about it like they were on 'The Apprentice'. No introductions and very much focused on the task in hand. I remember thinking...'I wonder if they know how they are coming across?' Later we completed an activity where we discussed 'how it feels to be on the receiving end of me?' This really helped me because it was the first time in my leadership journey I started to use reflection. I still use reflection to this day, either at the start/end of each day, especially after a busy/hectic day. Why am I so busy, what could I do better? etc I learnt about Action Learning Sets, and the value that they bring to the workplace. Towards the end of the EGA process, it was amazing, because you could see a visible shift in other delegates, in terms of how they approached tasks and came across. I'm certain it's had a similar impact on me and my leadership behaviours.

Adam McKeown, Director of Delivery & Transformation 

The EGA was one of the most formative leadership development experiences in my NHS career so far. The opportunity to reflect, challenge my management practice and to build a supportive peer network was transformative. From situational coaching to wider engagement with the academic literature it was simply a career defining two years. 

Emily Steward, Head of the South East Clinical Senate, NHS England

I found the EGA programme both challenging and extremely rewarding. The focus on 'what it is like to be on the receiving end of me?' is very powerful and a catalyst for positive cultural change in the NHS. I have gained so much personally, professionally and academically from being an EGA participant. The EGA programme gave me courage and taught me it is worth the struggle to advocate for a compassionate NHS. Prior to completing the course, I thought I had reached my leadership ‘ceiling’ and that people like me, with my values could not progress easily in the NHS. I was wrong! I was promoted while on the course and have been successful in being appointed an EGA tutor. In my clinical role I recently received the following feedback - ‘I will always remember your leadership style, it has been so encouraging and refreshing and I hope to be able to replicate the same qualities in the future'.