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Congratulations to December graduates of the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson programme

Congratulations to our Elizabeth Garrett Anderson programme participants as they graduate today (14 December) at a ceremony at the University of Birmingham.

The Elizabeth Garrett Anderson programme is specifically designed to equip participants with the confidence to challenge the status quo and drive real and lasting change to improve the patient experience, while also providing intensive personal and professional development.

We are delighted to be celebrating a significant milestone for the 113 Elizabeth Garrett Anderson graduands and the 24 NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme graduands and their families, all of whom are being awarded the Masters in Health Care Leadership today. From these, 49 achieved a merit grade, with a further 15 are graduating with a distinction. This further–demonstrates the commitment shown by participants and the excellence in teaching delivered across the programme
Since the programme started in October 2013, by the end of today’s ceremony 1471 participants will have graduated with a Masters in Healthcare Leadership, jointly awarded by the universities of Birmingham and Manchester.

The programme continues to have an impact in terms of career development; with over 50% of our graduates having experienced a promotion during their time on the programme, and almost all attributing this to their participation. This is consistent with the fantastic results achieved across all intakes to date, illustrating the continued strength of this award-winning programme.

Dr Annette Neath, Senior Fellow at the University of Birmingham and Anderson programme co-director said: “This is an amazing achievement and fantastic celebration of a collaboratively designed and delivered NHS leadership development programme.”

Professor Ann Mahon, Professor of Health Leadership at Alliance Manchester Business School and programme co-director said: “The Elizabeth Garrett Anderson programme is an ambitious programme which offers a unique blend of academic and leadership interventions. In the NHS’s 70th year, I am proud that we are equipping the NHS leaders of the future with the confidence to drive change to improve the patient experience in the next 70 years.”

Aimed at mid to senior level leaders – clinical and non-clinical – working across health care in England. It aims to equip participants with the skills, knowledge and confidence to challenge the status quo and bring about real and lasting change to improve services for patients in the NHS and wider health and social care. Each participant undertakes 24 months of study on the programme, comprised of a mix of residential academic and developmental workshops, personal study supported by on-line tuition, action learning sets, and work-based assignments. A final dissertation draws together the results and learning from a major work-based project focused on improving health care for patients.