The Academy has been working with the Surrey Heartlands Workforce Action Board to develop a brand new system leadership programme.

The ‘Surrey 500’ launches this month, with the aim of providing leadership training for 500 staff across Surrey Heartlands.  

Five cohorts each of 100 people from our Integrated Care Partnerships will learn together and will undertake projects at the same time in areas of transformational change or system delivery.

“This is the only system-wide Surrey Heartlands leadership course and is aimed at those who have a role in planning and implementing transformational change across the system,” said Sarah Parker, Surrey Heartlands’ Director of Transformation. “The programme is based on a successful model designed by the NHS North West Leadership Academy for Healthier Fylde Coast which achieved some system change within five months, so it’s proven to work.

“It’s a really exciting opportunity for people to come together, be empowered as leaders and think across and beyond traditional organisational boundaries to achieve change.”

Nominations are open now, and the first cohort is planned to start in May. For more information, contact Louise Atkinson, Surrey Heartlands Organisation Development Practitioner by email at

Surrey 500 has been funded from multiple sources including KSS Leadership Academy, Health Education England, NHS England and an in kind contribution from the organisational development and culture team at Novartis who will run some modules.