International Recognition for Emerging Leaders Programme

Mon 17th Aug 2015 – by Peter Pearson

The East Midlands Leadership Academy’s Emerging Leaders Programme has been selected by the prestigious Cape Town University in South Africa as an example of good practice for workplace based learning.

Two members of the EMLA team will attend the global Innovation in Formal Training conference, organised by the university, to deliver a presentation on the programme and its outcomes to date. The conference takes place at the Vineyard Hotel in Newlands, Cape Town from 17th – 19th August 2015.

The Emerging Leaders programme launched in 2009 and is all about developing NHS leaders of the future; developing new skills, enhancing their capabilities, providing new challenging experiences and boosting their confidence.
An integral part of the course is that participants undertake service improvement projects. These focus on improving the experience of patients  and their families and friends, providing a tangible means through which delegates practice their developing leadership skills.

Former programme delegate, Laura Waddington who works for Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust completed the course last year and says, “The Emerging Leaders course was a fantastic opportunity, and I regularly use the tools I discovered. I learned a great deal about myself, especially within the coaching sessions, which has raised my awareness and my ability to work effectively.”

Deputy Director of the East Midlands Leadership Academy, Lyndsay Short says, “It’s a privilege to be invited to showcase this work on a world stage and a fantastic opportunity for us to network with colleagues from across the globe and to share our experience and expertise.

“The Emerging Leaders Programme has had a real impact over the years and has enabled participants to really improve the experience for patients and their carers. We’re very proud to have been involved in shaping the future for patients through these emerging leaders and look forward to continued involvement.”


Notes to Editors
The East Midlands Leadership Academy is a membership organisation developed to serve the leadership and development needs of the all NHS organisations in the East Midlands. It was created in November 2009 to promote and deliver the senior leadership development agenda for the East Midlands.

It aims to develop leadership capacity and capability in all of its membership organisations by designing, commissioning and delivering high quality leadership development interventions and activity. 

The trip to South Africa has been fully funded by Cape Town University.  

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