Hospice UK's Strategic Leadership Programme is a professional development course specially designed for hospice leaders and available exclusively to our members.

About the programme


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

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

This programme will help you to:

  • navigate and shape this landscape 
  • respond in new ways to the challenges you face 
  • develop a high impact leadership strategic leadership style 

Since launching in 2016, the programme has been highly rated in evaluations from over 200 hospice leaders. In 2019, the programme was awarded the Leadership in Palliative Care Award by the European Association for Palliative Care and the European Palliative Care Academy.

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Book your place on the 2024-25 programme

Bookings for cohort 11 of the Strategic Leadership Programme are now open!

This cohort will take place from 22 October 2024 to 13 May 2025. Download the dates for this cohort.

Submit your application

Key information


This is a bespoke programme created by Hospice UK and The Westcott Group. Find out more about the course below.

Download the information pack



...I cannot speak highly enough of the transformative experience it provided. The course is meticulously designed, blending theoretical insights with practical, real-world applications that have profoundly enhanced my leadership capabilities.

...Overall I could not recommend this course enough. It is absolutely money and time well spent.

Helen Carlson, Head of Fundraising, St Marys Hospice 


A well balanced range of topics delivered online with imagination and innovation

Angela Grimes, Director of Income Generation, Princess Alice Hospice


The programme allowed me valuable space to reflect on my leadership skills in a supportive environment of enquiry ... 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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If you have any questions about this programme, please contact us.