Stepping Up

Where: Taunton (venue tbc)

When: Starting February 2020

Are you a black, asian and minority ethnic (BAME) leader or an aspiring leader? Do you want to progress your skills and go further?

Stepping Up is a fully funded, two month positive action programme from the NHS Leadership Academy. It has been designed for individuals working in bands 5 to 7 who have an interest in developing their leadership abilities and want to be involved in creating a transformational change in equality and diversity across the health and care sector.

Stepping up has a track record in supporting individual leaders to rapidly progress in their career – enhancing their leadership capabilities and building confidence to lead. We are delighted to announce that from February 2020 we are running a cohort of this successful programme in the South West!

The programme 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.

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 also help you to influence change across wider healthcare
  • Empower you to become a role model to help inspire the development and progression of others

For more information on participating in the programme:

To access the Participant guide visit:

Have a conversation with your line manager about participating, follow the link below to share information with them or if you are a line manager and you are interested in supporting some of your team to participate, have a look at the Line Manager guide:

To access the Line Manager guide visit:

Dates of the programme:

Venue: Taunton, venue is yet to be confirmed.

Module one: Tuesday 11th February & Wednesday 12th February 2020

Module two: Wednesday 18th March, Thursday 19th March & Friday 20th March 2020

Programme days run from 9am to 5:30pm, except for the final day of each module which finishes at 3:30pm. Please ensure you take these timings in to account when planning your travel.

For full programme details please visit the NHS Leadership Academy website by visiting:

What’s the cost of the programme?

The Stepping Up programme is fully funded by the Academy. However, this does not mean it is free. Participants must commit themselves to the full journey of the programme and will be asked to sign a document expressing the intention to do so, prior to taking a place. If participants withdraw from the programme before fully completing it, and without extenuating circumstances agreed with the NHS Leadership Academy, your organisation will be liable to bear the full cost of the programme. The cost for band 5 and 6 is £970 and the cost for band 7 is £1,310.

How to apply

Applications for this cohort have now closed. Please click here to express an interest a future cohort.

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