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Leading for Quality (L4Q) - New Leaders



What’s the programme about?

The L4Q New Leaders Programme is a free to access programme designed to actively support new leaders who are passionate about improving the quality of patient care in their teams, organisations and the wider health care system and who want to develop the skills to bring about real service improvements.

This 5-month Programme incorporates the high quality online learning materials of the Edward Jenner Programme produced by the NHS Leadership Academy with 5 days of workshops aimed at developing your leadership skills alongside undertaking a quality improvement initiative. It also gives you the opportunity to meet new leaders from across Kent, Surrey and Sussex.

As a result of the programme, you will:

  • develop your own leadership skills and qualities
  • become a more self-aware, influential and effective leader
  • learn how to engage successfully with patients and a wide range of multi-professional colleagues to improve services
  • learn how to become more effective in building relationships to achieve real change

Between modules, you will work on a real quality improvement initiative, drawing on your practical, relevant work experience, and use this actively to inform your thinking during the programme sessions. 

There is a series of masterclasses running alongside this programme and you will be expected to attend at least one. 


Programme Themes

The programme themes are:

  • Me as a leader of Quality Improvement

  • Engaging with others to improve services

  • Working across the system: Change and Culture

  • Leading Sustainable Change

During the workshops you will have the opportunity to learn from subject matter experts as well as from each other, in both large and small group settings. You will engage in real experiential learning by working collaboratively with colleagues from across the service using case studies, simulations and your own real life projects.

Between modules participants will be asked to study online using the Edward Jenner Programme and take action on their service improvement project. This work will be brought back to the next module.


Who is the programme for?

L4Q New Leaders  is designed for those who are in, or moving into, their first leadership or team management postion. You may be from a clinical or a business professional background but you have not yet had a significant leadership development experience.  Your work is likely to be in a patient-focused role in clinical or care service provision, management or support services. You may also be in a commissioning role.

You must be able to commit to the following:

  • An average of 1.5 hours of online working per week (you can of course organise this how you want and complete it in larger/smaller sections)
  • Attend all modules (if you do not attend, you may be liable to pay back the cost of your place)
  • Lead a practical quality improvement project in your workplace
  • Attend a KSS Leadership Academy masterclass that will be offered during the lifetime of the programme
  • You have the support of your line manager

You do not need a degree to access this programme. 


Programme Dates and Venue

Cohort  5

Cohort 6

Location TBC

Location TBC

Module 1: 27 & 28 March 2018

Module 1: 21 & 22 May 2018

Module 2: 23 May 2018

Module 2: 4 July 2018

Module 3: 3 July 2018

Module 3: 7 September 2018

Module 4: 6 September 2018

Module 4: 16 October 2018

All sessions are likely to be held at a central location near Gatwick Airport.  Sessions are scheduled to finish between 4.30pm and 5.00pm each day to accommodate participants from outside the Gatwick area. 

As part of the programme, delegates must be able to commit to attend all modules.  Please see here for further details regarding the cancellation policy.



By completing the online learning materials and submitting a short written piece you can receive the NHS Leadership Academy Certificate in Leadership Foundations.


How can I apply?

Applications for this programme are now closed. If you would like further information regarding this programme, please contact us at