Strategic Leadership Programme 2019

Dates for the next programme taking place in 2019/20 will be announced later this year.

If you would like to take part or hear more when the dates are announced please register your interest.

"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

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 their response to these challenges, developing a coherent story about the role of hospices in the future, improving their capacity to develop new systems of care and their ability to lead complex change. Since launching in 2016, the programme has been highly evaluated by over 70 hospice leaders.

This year, following positive feedback about the value of developing strong relationships with fellow participants in an environment that allows for relaxed learning, we have switched to a residential setting.

For more information you can download the Strategic Leadership Programme brochure which gives details from the 2018 programme. Please note the dates, venues and prices reflect the 2018 programme and will be updated when the next programme is announced.

What does the programme offer you? 

The Strategic Leadership Programme will:

  • enable you to clarify the role of hospices in the emerging world of integrated and devolved health and care systems.
  • equip you to forge new strategic partnerships and to work collaboratively in creating new systems of care.
  • enable you to hone your personal leadership skills to effectively engage others in improving care.
  • strengthen your capacity to make change happen.
  • 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. 


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 chief executives, senior managers and those who head up service delivery. The programme is only open to members of Hospice UK.

This is an eight-day programme delivered in three intensive residential modules and delegate must attend all days.

Register your interest

If you would like to take part or hear more when the dates are announced please register your interest.

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