The Stepping Up Programme

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:

 Click here to access the Participant guide.

 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:

Click here to access the Line Manager guide.

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 clicking here.

How to apply

To submit an application for The Stepping Up programme, please follow the link below and express your interest in the programme.

Once you have expressed your interest, you will be instructed to follow a link to the NHSx platform. If you do not already have an NHSx account, you will need to register and then begin your application for The Stepping Up programme. Please note, applications will close at 5pm, Monday 16th December 2019.

Applications received after Monday 16th December 2019 will not be submitted for shortlisting.

Express an interest here 

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