The Rosalind Franklin Programme

This established OH leadership community programme, sees OH and wellbeing leaders learn together, empowering individuals to become outstanding, compassionate, and inclusive leaders, to raise their strategic voice as OH leaders, and help to improve OH services for our NHS people.

The nine-month Rosalind Franklin Programme is virtually delivered over an online platform and video conferencing. It supports OH leaders to become outstanding strategic innovators, leaders, and team-members in OH. The programme encourages students to ask and answer fundamental questions that will support in demonstrating outstanding OH leadership. The programme leads to an NHS Leadership Academy Award in Senior Healthcare Leadership.

Who is the Rosalind Franklin Programme for?

This programme is for OH and wellbeing people who are in established OH leadership positions and seeking to further develop their leadership skills and learn from the diversity of other national OH and wellbeing leaders as a community of practice. Course members are likely leading all, or aspects of OH and/or wellbeing services and OH and/or wellbeing people within a NHS organisation or system, and aspiring to lead large and complex programmes, departments, services or systems of care. Students are seeking to develop themselves and work with peers to ‘rise to the challenge’ of leading the opportunities posed within the Growing OH initiative ambitions. As NHS employed OH or wellbeing leaders, applicants will spend the majority of their time in an OH role.

Benefits of the Rosalind Franklin Programme

  • Develop together, with your peer community of established OH and wellbeing leaders Develop a deeper and clearer sense of who you are, your strengths and development areas – strengthening your existing leadership practice through cutting edge theory, evidence, and practice
  • Improve your personal impact to help you drive progress in your team(s) and inspire your organisation/system to build compassionate, inclusive, person centred cultures of care 6
  • Increase adaptability and readiness to meet the demands of senior leadership within the challenging, transforming environment of the health and care system
  • Develop a deeper understanding of the concept of being a systems leader and how that will require you to behave differently
  • Understand where you, and your services are located in the wider health and care system and gain a deeper understanding of the experiences of people who access them
  • Understand more about your team and how to work in, and with, it more effectively
  • Develop new ideas about how best to work with others through change – understanding different leadership approaches, challenges related to change, and your relationship to them
  • Bring immediate positive and productive changes to your team(s), organisations, services and service users in areas such as increasing staff morale, improving service user experience, effective service redesign, reduction of waste and more efficient use of resources
  • Work with several analytical tools to more deeply understand the challenges you are currently facing
  • Build a powerful support network of influential leaders

Structure of the Rosalind Franklin programme

The programme runs for nine months and incorporates a blended learning style with mandatory and comprehensive online learning, virtual ‘face-to-face’ workshops, and small group work over video conferencing.

This includes six online modules, over eight mandatory workshop dates and personal study time, as follows:

  • Two days of back-to-back community workshops at the start of the programme
  • One day community workshop at the end of the programme
  • Five facilitated impact groups across the nine months (groups of eight people)
  • Submission of a 5,000-word written assignment to demonstrate personal impact
  • All of the above equates to approximately 120 hours of study time
  • Successful completion of the programme leads to an NHS Leadership Academy Award in Senior Healthcare Leadership.

Programme cost

NHS England and Improvement is fully subsidising the cost of this programme for NHS employed OH and wellbeing leaders. The Rosalind Franklin programme would normally cost £1,200 per person.

In return, NHS England and Improvement is seeking OH and wellbeing leaders to rise to the challenge and support the ambitions within the Growing OH programme. This includes fully completing this development programme, participating in impact evaluation to help make the case for future funding to benefit other OH and wellbeing leaders, as well as participating in the wider Growing OH programme co-design and development opportunities.

Work-based application of learning

As the programme centres on work-based application of learning, it’s essential that managers and organisations are aware of and support the commitments involved. Given the nature of students’ roles and tasks, it’s important to jointly consider the feasibility of creating the time to apply studies to the workplace. We also recommend agreeing with managers from the outset what support they’ll provide to help protect this time.

More information and applications

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

All applications must be completed online via this specific link:

For more enquiries regarding the Franklin programme please contact