First Steps Into Leadership

Open to ALL Primary Care

Starting March 2022

Delivered by the NHS South West Leadership Academy and Living Potential Consulting, delivered via Zoom

If you require this document in an alternative format, please email the South West Leadership Academy’s Inclusion Coordinator.


Our First Steps Into Leadership programme has been designed to provide you with the opportunity to understand how your role maybe changing within the current landscape and to start to recognise some of your own leadership strengths.

Through peer discussions you will be able to start think about your career aspirations and the steps you can take to support you along the way.

Benefits of the Programme

The purpose of this programme is to offer practical and timely leadership development support to primary care clinicians who are challenged to manage the workload resulting from pandemic-related delays to care. It is an accessible development programme that enables participants to network with a peer community to:

  1. Understand the changing landscape of primary care
  2. See themselves as leaders who help shape and inform patient care
  3. Managing workload and time management
  4. Whilst influencing for career development

Target Audience

The programme is open to all Primary Care, including:

  • General Practice Nurses
  • Healthcare Assistants
  • Nursing Associates
  • Allied Health Professionals
  • Advanced Nurse and Clinical Practitioners
  • Pharmacists
  • Scientists
  • Care Coordinators
  • Practice Managers
  • Social Prescribers 

The above is not an exhaustive list.

Programme Structure

There will be a series of six, short, on-line, lunch-time development modules that will commence in March 2022 and will provide time between sessions for your to reflect on learnings and think about your own next steps. The modules will be covering:


Programme Facilitator – Louisa Hardman

Louisa is a respected coach, consultant and facilitator, working with international clients in Higher Education and other sectors to achieve real learning and change. Louisa is committed to supporting the development of human potential and inclusive cultures, Louisa became a freelance consultant in 1996, running an independent practice and collaborating with People Opportunities, the NHS Leadership Academy, AdvanceHE, the Kings Fund and Ashridge Hult.

Distinctive approach

Louisa brings a deep understanding of individual, group and organisational change and development through her combination of psychotherapeutic and organisational consulting practice.  Clients also say they value her integrity, thoughtfulness, humour and challenge.

Professional interests and sector experience

She is passionate about developing creative and engaging learning experiences that develop talent and impact.  Blending organisational realism with creativity and psychological insight, her clients span a range of sectors including higher education, health, central and local government, broadcasting, publishing, professional services, transport, social housing, retail, distribution, finance, membership organisations, trades unions and the police. A values-based practitioner, Louisa has particular experience of facilitating leadership development through change and special interests in:

  • Supporting culture change through team and leadership development
  • Coaching individuals through role and system transitions to support new ways of working


Registrations close on 21st February 2022, at 5pm.

By applying, you are agreeing to a cancellation charge of £150, you will be liable for this fee if you are successful in obtaining a place and then withdraw/ do not attend the programme without extenuating circumstances.

Click here to apply

Offer Dates

Receive our ‘Outlook’ newsletter

Latest issue: Leadership Outlook – December 2021  

To receive updates about the team and what programmes are on offer, just click below to sign up!