Midlands Leadership Academy

Midlands Leadership and Lifelong Learning Academy

Non-urgent advice: Welcome to our website

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Dr Clare Price-Dowd – Head of Midlands Leadership & Lifelong Learning

A warm welcome from the Midlands Leadership and Lifelong Learning Team, part of NHS England and NHS Improvement. We have now been working across the Midlands region since April 2020 and our annual report details our work so far. We continue to work in turbulent times with talk of a new model for what is ‘business as usual’ and for us that continues to be supporting leaders and leadership development.

Our work continues to be centred on delivering the People Plan and the Midlands Equality, Diversity and Inclusion strategy as well as supporting the 11 Midlands Integrated Care Systems.

On our website you will find outstanding leadership development interventions and opportunities to harness and maximise your ability to influence transformational change across the health system. We refresh this based on need so please sign up for our newsletter. This year we are taking an approach, which aims to maximise the opportunities for access development. This year and into the future we will work closer than ever with our other regional teams so will be signposting to open access opportunities from other regions as well as our own. The digital environment makes this possible like never before. In addition there will be localised tailored support

We know now more than ever that outstanding leaders inspire cultures of compassion, authenticity and inclusion. This supports effective teamwork, which  in turn, improves the services, care and trust needed to provide to patients, service users and local communities. Our role is to provide opportunities for leadership development from our range of Executive Suite interventions, Primary Care offers, Coaching and Mentoring facilitation, Systems Leadership, the Graduate Management Training Scheme, Inclusion and much more. We are proud of our outstanding reputation for improving care, health and wellbeing through empowering you to maximise all leadership potential and talent.

We look forward to working with you and we welcome all enquiries.


Please go to our about us page for contact details for the team.

Non-urgent advice: Stakeholder Engagement Events

We will be holding our listening events in Feb 2022 to ensure we really focus our efforts in 2022/23 on our two key priorities of the recovery of our workforce and the ICS and ICS implementations.  Our overall aim is to gather information to enable us to provide support and interventions that will help to improve the working lives of staff in the NHS and so help to provide better care for patients.

Our events will be help virtually via Zoom on the following times/dates and they are being facilitated by the team at NHS Elect:

Thursday 10th February 2022 14:00 to 16:00

Friday 25th February 2022 09:30 to 11:30

The events are open to all stakeholders across the Midlands region, and you can book your place now through our events page or through the links above. We would really welcome a diverse audience from across all of our systems in the Midlands to find out what we can to do assist you and your teams in 2022/23 – we look forward to seeing you there.

Quote / Testimonial:

“The Midlands Leadership and Lifelong Learning Team is committed to providing outstanding leadership opportunities to meet the needs of our world-class NHS colleagues in an ever-changing world. Never has it been more necessary to collectively strengthen our leadership and talent in order to transform robust systems which will continually improve inclusion, health and care within all of our communities.”

Steve Morrison
Regional Director of Workforce & OD
NHS England & NHS Improvement

Annual Review 20/21

In this year we merged from the East Midlands Leadership Academy and the West Midlands Leadership Academy and we faced a pandemic that devastated the NHS.

Despite the challenges and the upheaval we feel we have succeeded in delivering Leadership Development courses, coaching and mentoring to the Midlands region.

To find out more on the challenges and successes, read our annual review here.

We are the NHS: People Plan 2020/21

The NHS People Plan, along with our People Promise, sets out what our NHS People can expect from their leaders and from each other.  This plan sets out practical actions for employers and systems, as well as the actions that NHS England & NHS Improvement together with Health Education England will take over the remainder of 2020/21.

To find out more head to the NHS England website

Latest Covid-19 advice

To find out the latest detail, please visit the Government website.

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