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The NHS Vanguard Programme

Leadership skills for quality and cost improvement for emerging leaders and their partner sponsors

September 2012 - March 2013

The NHS South of England and NHS Yorkshire and Humber have commissioned the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement to provide an accelerated development programme for 200 NHS leaders (100 emerging leaders and their local partner sponsors).

The NHS Vanguard Programme pilot proves a phenomenal success

The NHS Vanguard Programme pilot -  the aim of which was to enable emerging leaders to deliver improvements in quality and productivity and build their leadership and improvement skills - culminated in a celebration event in March 2012.  Emerging Leader participants and their sponsors (senior members of their organisation) joined Jim Easton, Helen Bevan, members of the NHS Vanguard team and Alex Bush who commissioned the programme on behalf of the new Leadership Academy's Emerging Leaders workstream for a day highlighting the amazing improvement projects enabled through this programme.

"I  was so uplifted, it was the best day I have experienced in ages.  The presentations were moving, funny, and told us how, through participation in this programme, money had been saved (over £100k in some cases) and their lives changed. Participants kept coming up to me all day telling me how privileged they were to have been part of this programme, and wanting to tell me about their projects and what they had achieved."
Julia R A Taylor, Interim Director of the Learning and Development team

Thank you letter from Professor Dame Sally Davies, Chief Medical Officer and Chief Scientific Advisor.

Find out more about the programme and its impact

Download the close of pilot programme summary close of pilot programme summary (10.38 MB)

Contact 

Contact us for further information at nhsvanguardprogramme@institute.nhs.uk