Edward Jenner Programme

This programme is for OH people who are thinking of ‘stepping up’ into an OH leadership role in the near future or simply wishing to develop their leadership skills to help with their professional roles. NHSEI is offering free access to the NHS Leadership Academy ‘Edward Jenner’ elearning programme to support individuals to develop essential leadership skills and build a strong foundation of leadership that can help enhance confidence and competence. This programme leads to an NHS Leadership Academy award in Leadership Foundations.

Who is the programme for?

This programme is open to anyone wishing to enhance their leadership skills, who are new to leadership and want to understand what it means to them, and who are looking for a flexible and fully e-learning based programme that can be done in their own time. Whether you’re new to healthcare, a student or trainee, an aspiring leader at the start of your journey, or simply wishing to enhance or refresh your leadership skills, you’re the perfect candidate.

Benefits of the programme

  • Apply your new skills in-role as you learn throughout the programme and make immediate improvements to service delivery and patient care. 
  • Flexibly engage in development online in a virtual space, to fit around your personal schedule and capacity to engage. 
  • Invest in your own personal leadership development, covering the foundations of leadership. 
  • Enable you to become part of the Leadership Academy’s wider membership, connecting with other health and social care colleagues and peers on the programme to share ideas, solve difficult problems and build your own support network.

Structure of the Edward Jenner Programme

There are two levels within the Edward Jenner programme: Launch and Foundations. Both are accessed via the NHS Leadership Academy website, after registering with the leadership community website (NHSx) and continue to be open access, online and with no charge.

Launch contains engaging leadership development content using film, activities, and discussions to take part in, and it takes around five hours to complete. It includes topics such as: how the programme works, why does leadership matter, stages of personal development, personal values and what’s important to me, new leader pathway routes options and purpose, and levels of learning.

Foundations contains approximately 35 hours of learning content, and you are given the flexibility to set your own timeframes for completing the programme. It covers understanding person-centred care, is ‘patient experience’ a verbal analgesic, methods of understanding the patient experience, leadership behaviours for person-centred care, the Francis Inquiry, challenges in healthcare, Johari window illustrating and improving self-awareness, Healthcare Leadership Model, power and influence, levels of listening, giving and receiving feedback, adaptive leadership, and what next. A final short piece of written evidence looks at the leadership difference gained from the programme. Submitting the leadership difference assignment will enter course attendees for the NHS Leadership Academy award in Leadership Foundations. The programme is delivered online so it can be completed in a student’s own time and pace. 


The Edward Jenner programme is free to access for NHS OH employees.

More information and applications

Applications for the Edward Jenner programme should be completed at: https://www.leadershipacademy.nhs.uk/programmes/the-edward-jennerprogramme/apply

More information about the application process, drafting personal statements and course dates can be found in the Prospectus.