The Strategic Leadership Online Programme takes place annually.



The landscape for hospice leaders is complex and challenging. The majority of hospices have seen their statutory funding remain static or even fall. The demand for end of life care is predicted to increase significantly in future.

The NHS and local authorities are urging local leaders to develop end of life care systems that are integrated, accessible, systematic and responsive to the needs of the dying, their loved ones and the bereaved.

This programme acknowledges this landscape and works to create the environment where a mixed group of hospice leaders can shape:

   -  Response to challenges,
   -  Developing a coherent story about the role of hospices in the future.
   -  Improve capacity to develop new systems of care and ability to lead complex change.

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Moving online

In response to the restrictions created by COVID 19 we moved from the original eight-day residential programme format to an online version of this programme that takes place over seven months and includes several learning approaches including

   -  Online masterclasses.
   -  Workshops and facilitated discussions.
   -  1:1 coaching.
   -  Action Learning Sets.

With 64 hours of facilitated learning the online course presents opportunities to apply theory and practice implementation during a critical period of change and uncertainty across the sector. As such the online course offers individuals peer support and shared learning to adapt and lead during challenging times.

How the programme will benefit you


The Strategic Leadership Programme will enable you to develop and apply contemporary leadership skills with huge relevance to the challenges and uncertainties of the times. 

  • It will help you clarify the role of hospices in the emerging world of integrated and devolved health and care systems.
  • It will support you in developing a powerful story about the role of the hospice in the future.
  • It will equip you to forge new strategic partnerships and to work collaboratively in creating new systems of care.
  • It will enable you to hone your personal leadership skills to effectively engage others in improving care.
  • It will strengthen your capacity to make change happen.
  • Through the programme, you will become part of a leadership community and wider network with the shared knowledge and skills to develop the local and national end of life landscape.

Key information



This is a bespoke programme created by Hospice UK and The Westcott Group. The Westcott Group is a team of highly experienced consultants who combine extensive experience of leadership development, exceptional expertise in developing personal effectiveness and deep understanding of end of life care policy.

All have worked extensively with healthcare leaders, organisations and systems.

Who should participate?

Hospice leaders with the desire and energy to make change happen. This includes senior managers and clinicians as well as those who head up service delivery. The programme is only open to members of Hospice UK.

Download a copy of the information pack to see the course programme and find more information.


Download the information pack

Since launching in 2016, the programme has been highly evaluated by over 200 hospice leaders. In 2019 the Programme won the European Association for Palliative Care and the European Palliative Care Academy award for Leadership in Palliative Care

To find out more about how the programme is delivered download the programme information pack. 


"The programme allowed me valuable space to reflect on my leadership skills in a supportive environment of enquiry. It led me to critically think about approaches and gave me further confidence to explore new ways to approach strategic decision making. The facilitation was expert and really helped to deepen understanding.
I have shared many aspects with the team here and I definitely feel I have changed for the better after the course."
Colin Twomey, Nursing Director, St Wilfrid’s Hospice, Eastbourne

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Register your interest

The next cohort for the Strategic Leadership Programme is now fully booked. The next cohort will start in 2024. If you would like to be added to a waiting list for this current programme or for future programmes please contact us.

All the the information you need about the Strategic Leadership Programme can be found in the delegate pack but if you have any further questions please contact us.