Strategic Leadership Programme

We are now taking expression of interest for the ninth cohort of the Strategic Leadership Online Programme, which will take place between November/December 2022 to May/June 2023. 

"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 120 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 a copy of Strategic Leadership Programme brochure for 2020-2021. Please note the cost of the new programme may differ.

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
  • video podcasts
  • 1:1 coaching
  • Action Learning Sets 

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.

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

Register interest now for the next cohort

Demand for this programme is high. We recommend you register your interest. This will give you priority booking once the dates have been released.

Download a copy of the information pack for more information about the Strategic Leadership Programme or contact us.

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