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NHS chairs and non-executive directors play a key role in driving forward transformational change across the health and care sector. As a vital leadership group they hold executive teams to account and in doing so build patient, public and stakeholder confidence in the NHS. The NHS North West Leadership Academy (NHS NWLA) have curated a range of development support and useful resources tailored to support those in non-executive roles.

System Leadership

Working beyond organisational boundaries requires an ever-evolving set of skills and leadership qualities. Responding to local need, the NHS NWLA have developed a suite of priority offers to support your ongoing development.

We know that time is precious so we have designed these as short interactive modules focused on key topics such as: ‘influencing beyond your role’, ‘managing complexity’, ‘population health’, ‘public narrative as a practice of system leadership’, ‘understanding and working with power’ and ‘working in a political environment’. 

Find out more - System leadership modules

Executive Coaching

Space and time to explore personal challenges and increase your resilience and confidence can be a powerful and effective development for senior leaders.  The NHS NWLA Executive Coaching offer provides a confidential space with a professional coach that is flexible and personalised to your needs.  Executive coaching can support senior leaders to explore topics such as leading during times of change, working with uncertainty and ambiguity, self-awareness and professional growth and direction.

‘Extremely positive experience.  Allowed me to make significant progress with issues, recognise my strengths/weaknesses and reflect on events with new perspective.  Particularly appreciated feeling of supportive, safe space but with challenge to find solutions, consider alternative approaches/realities’

For more information and details of how to access a coach click here.


As a part of an influential cross-sector collaboration, the NHS NWLA offers members access to regular leadership masterclasses. These events bring you expert speakers, innovative thinking on current topics, and the opportunity to network with other leaders in health and social care and local government across the North West.

To find out more about upcoming masterclasses and access recordings of previous events click here.

Non-Executive Leaders Network

The NHS Confederation provide a national offer to connect chairs and non-exec directors to share best practice, explore new ideas and hear from keynote speakers on topics such as understanding wider system level thinking. More details of how to join can be found on the NHS Confederation website.

Non-Executive Directors in Integrated Care Systems

A recent white paper examines the role of non-executive directors in integrated care systems, and how you can engage with and within the system to make a meaningful contribution.

An overview of national guidance sets out expectations for the role of integrated care partnerships within integrated care systems – read here.

Strengthening NHS board diversity

The NHS Confederation have established a task force to identify ways to increase chair and non-executive director diversity in the NHS. The task force has distilled key findings and recommendations in a report published in June 2021.

NExT Director scheme – supporting tomorrow’s non-executives

If you are aspiring to a non-executive role or are interested in supporting somebody who is, the NExT Director Scheme is a development programme designed to help find and support the next generation of talented people. It focuses particularly on supporting people from currently under-represented groups on NHS boards.

For more information please click here.

Alternatively, please contact Keely Howard, Resourcing and Appointments Development Manager for any questions.


A selection of key frameworks to support wider connections and development opportunities

Executive Suite | Supporting executive and senior leaders across health and care to meet the challenges of leadership over the coming years and to deliver the ambitions of the NHS People Plan.

To explore any of these development offers or to have a conversation with one of our leadership development experts please contact

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