NHS Senior Leadership Onboarding and Support

Chair and Non-Executive Director development programmes

NHS organisations serve diverse populations across England and so the people at the heart of decision making in those organisations should reflect that diversity of background and thought too. This translates into services and commissioning decisions which support population health for everyone.

There are a number of organisations that support the development of chairs and non-executive directors including the Civil Service College course ‘Being an effective Non-Executive Director’ and NHS Non-Executive Director programme by PWC. You can hear the real life experiences of chairs and non-executive directors on the Thinking about becoming a Chair or NED? page.

You will also want to widen your thinking around health and social care so check out the digital resources and social media page where you can find podcasts and tips on social media.

NHS England / NHS Improvement currently support three development initiatives

  • Aspirant Chair development programme – designed for existing non-executive directors who see their future as the chair of an NHS organisation
  • NExT Director development programme – this programme matches people who want to be NHS non-executive directors with trusts who are willing to host them so that they can learn first hand about the challenges and opportunities associated with being a non-executive director in the NHS today
  • The Seacole Group – formed by non-executive directors, the Seacole group aims to improve the representation and voice of people who identify as Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic (BAME) on the Boards of NHS organisations. The group do this through networking, talent pipeline development, sharing good practice, and influencing governance structures so that public leadership is more reflective of the communities they serve.