Who is the course for?
Leading for Change is open to pharmacy professionals from all sectors of practice, including community pharmacy.
This fully funded leadership programme is open to anyone who has responsibility for leading a team or leading services within their organisation and would like to develop their skills further.
The aim of the programme is to enable you to develop the behaviours required to become an inspiring and effective pharmacy leader, equipping you with the knowledge and skills to take on challenges effectively and lead in medicines optimisation to deliver better outcomes for your patients and service users.
The programme comprises four online modules delivered over six months:
Each module is supported by a half-day online workshop, online discussion forums and a networking Zoom event to enable you to put your learning into practice and to allow you to network with fellow course participants. At the end of the programme you are required to submit an assignment to demonstrate how you have used your leadership skills over the course of the six months.
There is a choice of workshop dates so that you can choose a cohort that works around your other commitments. You will need to attend all four workshops on the same day of the week to enable you to complete all parts of the programme with your online tutor and fellow cohort participants.
Full details of all cohorts available for booking can be found in the Course format and dates tab below.
On completion of the programme you should be able to:
Any pharmacy professional who has responsibility for leading people or services within their organisation. The only exception is those currently undertaking of one of the NHS education pathways (CPGPE, MOCH or PCPEP) as leadership is included in these pathways.
We expect participants to have a foundation in leadership, either through completion of a previous leadership programme or through a number of years' experience as a leader.
Participants must meet the following criteria:
Leading for Change comprises four online modules, delivered over six months each supported by a compulsory online workshop and optional networking Zoom Room. To successfully complete the course, you need to attend all four workshops, contribute to the discussion forums and complete a written assignment to demonstrate how you have put your learning from the programme into practice.
Key dates for cohorts 16A, 16B, 17A, 17B, 18A, 18B, 19A, 19B, 20A and 20B are outlined below:
Cohorts 19 and 20 are now open for booking.
You will be given an opportunity to attend an Insight webinar delivered by a national organisation such as: NHSE&I, CQC, NICE and Specialist Pharmacy Service to understand more about the organisation.
This is an optional part of the programme and therefore places are limited. More information on the Insight webinars, including dates, times and how to book a place, will be provided when you enrol on the programme.
All 2023 Insight webinars will be delivered via Zoom.
A key part of the programme will be to build your networks in pharmacy and across the wider NHS. This will be achieved by attending the online workshops, contributing to the discussion forums and by joining Zoom chats to network with others on the cohort.
Those who are geographically close to each other may also choose to set up local learning sets to allow further networking and sharing of best practice in a region.
Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians participating in the programme will be required to find a mentor. This will be a trusted colleague who is more senior than them in their organisation who can act as a sounding board and provide support and guidance to further develop their career and networks.
The programme handbook is available here.
Please be aware that applications may take up to two weeks to be approved.
Cohort 19A (March 2024 – Tuesday mornings)
Cohort 19B (March 2024 – Thursday afternoons)
Cohort 20A (April 2024 – Tuesday afternoons)
Cohort 20B (April 2024 – Wednesday mornings)