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New academy to develop leadership excellence

​A specialist academy which will ensure excellence in leadership at Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT) by giving managers and clinical leaders the chance to strengthen their own skills will launch next week.

The Leadership Academy will give managers at all levels, including clinical staff such as matrons and team leads, the chance to develop their own skills to ensure strong leadership across the Trust, both now and in the future. Its overall aim is to create a culture which makes NSFT a great place to work, train and receive care.

It comes following the successful introduction of a nursing academy to help newly-qualified make the transition from university to the workplace around two years ago.

The Leadership Academy is being introduced as part of NSFT’s Workforce and Organisational Development Strategy, which details how the Trust will recruit and retain high quality staff over the next five years with the aim of further improving the care which service users receive.

Open to anyone in a management role, it will cover fundamentals such as having challenging conversations, good people management, effectively leading change and looking at the impact which behaviour can have on staff. There are also modules on personal resilience and how to be productive in a management and leadership role.

Leigh Howlett, Director of Strategy and Resources with NSFT, said: “Our new Leadership Academy will help us ensure managers at all levels receive the right support to become the best they possibly can be, in turn benefitting our service users and their carers.

“We want everyone we employ to reach their full potential. This academy will help our managers to do just that, in turn making our Trust stronger and benefitting those who use our services. Our aim is to create excellence in our leadership and make our Trust an even better place to train, work and receive care.

“The academy will allow us to develop our leaders of today, supported by a ready pipeline of talented aspiring managers with the right skills and behaviours to meet the needs of our Trust, now and the future. It will help us to encourage innovation, develop appropriate leadership capability and effectively manage talent within our organisation so that we can plan for the longer-term.

“Offering opportunities for further development will also have a positive impact on our retention rates, as it will help attract the best new staff into the Trust while also enabling us to invest in those who are already working hard for us every single day.”