Stepping Up Programme

The Stepping Up programme is a leadership development programme for black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) colleagues who work within healthcare (the NHS or an organisation providing NHS care).

It aims to create greater levels of sustainable inclusion within the NHS by addressing the social, organisational and psychological barriers restricting BAME colleagues from progressing.

The programme is designed to bridge the gap between where applicants are and where they need to be, to progress into more senior roles. Successful applicants will be empowered to drive forward the inclusion agenda and develop their skills and abilities in order to grow and progress.

The programme fits with the Academy’s wider body of powerful positive action work to promote diversity and inclusion throughout the health service. The ultimate aim is to develop more inclusive leaders at all levels of the NHS


If you’re a participant, The Stepping Up programme will help you:

  • Prepare and develop for more senior leadership roles within the NHS
  • Challenge the diverse environment you work in to make transformational change
  • Develop the knowledge, experience and skills to help your organisation create an inclusive culture; and to also help you influence change across wider healthcare
  • Empower you to become a role model to help inspire the development and progression of others

If you’re band 5 or 6 you’ll:

  • Increase your self-awareness and the leadership strengths your diversity brings
  • Be introduced to a range of management principles
  • Develop your communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills
  • Learn about effective development strategies
  • Better understand organisational context so that you can shape and influence your career progression
  • Increase your motivation to thrive in your chosen role and/or progress further in your career

If you’re band 7 you’ll:

  • Gain a comprehensive understanding of leadership and management
  • Learn about the present state of the NHS and implications for managing transformational change
  • Gain an in-depth understanding of senior leadership requirements and the opportunity to craft your own authentic leadership style and approach
  • Gain an understanding of the factors that block and enable BAME progression and development
  • Understand the personal and organisational strategy that will be applied to your career development, and your ability to influence the healthcare system you work in to create greater equality
  • Understand how to use ‘yourself’ as a powerful instrument for change
  • Develop embodied leadership which looks at how people project themselves in ways that enable them to achieve their aspirations
  • Increase your motivation to progress further in your career


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NHS South West Leadership Academy
South West House
Blackbrook Park Avenue
Somerset TA1 2PX

Telephone: 01454 252719



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