NHS priorities

Whether it’s to prepare for the next Quality Payments Scheme deadline, or to increase your confidence in helping people with a learning disability, this section provides topic-specific pages that link to current NHS priorities. This section will support you in keeping your knowledge and skills up to date in order to provide high-quality pharmacy services and be service-ready.

Clinical pharmacy

Our clinical portfolio is expanding on a frequent basis, helping you to advance your knowledge and skills and deliver medicines optimisation in practice for all sectors of pharmacy. From two new focal points a year to our small group learning for hospital pharmacists – Optimise – this section focuses on clinical pharmacy, diseases and therapeutics.

Public health

The public health agenda is embedded in pharmacy, yet topics such as emergency contraception or stop smoking support are as prevalent as ever. As well as our public health workshops, use this section to access a wide range of resources to assure and maintain your competence, all underpinned by the Declaration of Competence system.

Mary Seacole Leadership programme for community pharmacy

On this page, you will find information about the Mary Seacole Leadership programme for community pharmacy and the Health in Justice pharmacy workforce. We will provide you with an overview of the programme, frequently asked questions and testimonials from current and previous participants.

The Mary Seacole Leadership programme for community pharmacy is not accepting new applications but you can apply to join the wider Mary Seacole Programme. You must apply via the NHS Leadership Academy website.  


With investment from the Pharmacy Integration Fund (PhIF), NHS England is working with Health Education England to further clinical education and development for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians.

CPPE is working in collaboration with the NHS Leadership Academy to offer the Mary Seacole Leadership programme to pharmacists and pharmacy technicians working in community pharmacy and pharmacists and pharmacy technicians in the Health in Justice workforce. Places on the programme are funded for participants via the PhIF.

This NHS-led flagship programme is designed to develop your leadership and management skills to enable you to drive quality services in pharmacy and really make a difference to the health of the patients you see.

Watch the video below to get a more in-depth feel as to what the programme entails:



Overview of the programme

The Mary Seacole programme is a six-month long leadership development programme available in various regions across the country.

The programme will prepare you for the demands of leadership in the healthcare system today – and into the future. It will give you the theoretical knowledge and practical understanding needed to deliver inspiring leadership. During the programme, you will cover eight units of study on leadership fundamentals along with four further units that relate to core management skills.

The learning methods are a cutting-edge blend to keep you inspired and motivated via a flexible state-of-the-art virtual campus and face-to-face development. And to keep it all fresh and current, you’ve got the latest thinking from leading experts. At the end you’ll emerge from the programme with the professional skills to thrive in your leadership role, ready to play your part in building a more compassionate NHS.

You can find out more about the programme in the detailed applicant guide. This is available through the link below:

Download applicant guide

Why apply for the programme?

The profession of pharmacy is going through change with a vision for community pharmacy to become more integrated into the wider healthcare team with a key role in medicines optimisation. The idea of ‘something has changed - and what does this mean?’ runs throughout, and the programme will actively encourage you to consider what that change means for you, and how you might need to behave in the workplace to be a success.

Working through the programme will increase your self-awareness of how the changes you make can have an impact on colleagues in the NHS and the people you serve. It will help you recognise your own personal value to the healthcare of people and embed behaviours that improve the patient experience. Working as a team is now more important than ever before and you will learn how to enable others to be the best they can be in the workplace.

The programme has been developed for the wider NHS healthcare team.

To find out more reasons to apply, we’ve put together a handy document. You can download this below:

Download six reasons to apply

Case studies and testimonials

In the summer of 2018, we caught up with two pharmacy professionals who were working their way through the Mary Seacole Leadership Programme.

Shona Jubb joined as a pharmacy technician/dispensary manager in Derbyshire. Her story is one of rising to the challenge and getting over the initial feelings of intimidation and lack of confidence, to what difference being on the programme has made to her and her practice.

Mary Oaiya signed up to the programme as one of three main pharmacists in a practice in Essex. Mary's story sees her join the programme more by chance after a colleague recommended it. She talks of the difficulties in balancing study and a work life, but how it can be worth it.

Read their stories here.

Shona's story                                                     Mary's story

CPPE has been speaking to participants on the programme so far to get their thoughts on the programme and what they hope to achieve.

First, George tells us why he has joined the Mary Seacole Leadership Programme as he aims to increase his leadership skills for managing a team of eight.




Next, Toby speaks to us about he hopes his involvement with the Mary Seacole Leadership Programme will help to create value for services users within the community.





Here are a selection of quotes from people who have also been on the programme.

"I found the course content to be very inspiring - I always viewed leadership as a facet of a management role. It is really thought-provoking to think everyody potentially has the ability to offer leadership by adopting different behaviours and changing their focus."

Mae, pharmacist


"Changed my whole perspective about leadership skills. It's all about how you look at it, and trying to be a leader rather than a manager.'

Bindu, pharmacist


"Gave me insight and perspective about my whole philosophy of leadership. Empowering my team, setting direction and delegation."

Sam, pharmacist branch manager


"Equips future leaders with the skill and techniques to engage with person-centred healthcare provision and personal development."

Khalid, community pharmacist

Programme dates

Cohort 30 - Nottingham

Cohort start date and online access: 7 March 2019

Workshop 1: 4 April 2019

Workshop 2: 6 June 2019

Workshop 3: 25 July 2019

Programme end: 7 September 2019

Closing date for applications: 1 February 2019


Cohort 31 - Birmingham

Cohort start date and online access: 13 March 2019

Workshop 1: 10 April 2019

Workshop 2: 12 June 2019

Workshop 3: 31 July 2019

Programme end: 13 September 2019

Closing date for applications: 30 January 2019


Frequently asked questions

How to apply

To apply for the programme, you'll need to access the application form on the Leadership Academy's leadership community website at: https://nhsx.uk/programmes/mary-seacole-programme-community-pharmacy

Before you can access the application form, you'll need to register for an account on the website - you do not need to have a registered NHS email address to apply.

To register, click on the above link, select 'Register' at the top of the screen, fill in your details and you will be directed to the application form.

Once registered, you can then use these details to access your application as and when required.

When you have submitted your application, it will be screened for suitability after the cohort closing date for applications. You will then be informed directly by the NHS Leadership Academy as to whether you have secured a place.