Bespoke development programmes


We provide bespoke development programmes tailored to support the strategic objectives and development aims of individual boards and senior leadership teams. These incorporates aspects that are aimed at governance enhancements, alongside understanding and developing team dynamics and relationships, both elements are equally important in developing an effective board or team. The ability to learn together with bespoke development is beneficial, as it encourages consistency in the development and implementation of solutions as well as providing an opportunity for team building.

Your bespoke development programme would be delivered by experienced, credible facilitators, all of whom have significant senior-level experience working in the NHS. Many also undertake well-led developmental reviews and other board effectiveness and governance reviews in addition to delivering NHS board and organisational development activities. To find out more about our trainers please see here.

Our bespoke development programmes are designed to evolve over time, building on the outcomes of previous workshops. To ensure the programme remains relevant to your priority areas, there will be opportunity for co-development throughout. 

Programmes can include any of the following elements:

  • Pre-programme diagnostic survey
  • Meeting observation feedback
  • 1:1 calls
  • Personality profiling and reports
  • Benchmarking
  • Facilitated development workshops
  • Action learning sets
  • Coaching
  • Post-programme evaluation survey
  • Post-programme evaluation report and follow-up call

"A thought provoking session that helped the whole board discuss risk in an engaging and practical way."

Matthew Kershaw, Chief Executive    Croydon Health Services

We understand that every board and team is different, and therefore programmes should be tailored accordingly. Typical topic areas for programmes or one-off workshops could include:

  • Advanced minute taking
  • Building effective relationships (this could include personality profiling)
  • Constructive challenge and support
  • Effective meetings
  • Performance management and accountability
  • Psychological safety, trust and healthy conflict
  • Risk appetite
  • Roles and responsibilities of a unitary board
  • Self-reflection as a leader
  • System leadership and behaviours
  • Team building


Contact us to discuss your requirements and find out more about our bespoke development programme offer.

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"The programme was responsive to the fast developing needs of the board. The programme was supportive but respectfully challenging."

Board member    University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust

Organisations we have delivered bespoke development programmes for include:

  • Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
  • Barnardo's
  • Barnsley Hospice
  • Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust
  • Bolton NHS Foundation Trust
  • Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
  • Disabled NHS Directors Network
  • Dorset ICB
  • East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust
  • East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust
  • Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust
  • Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust
  • Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust
  • Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust
  • North Bristol NHS Trust
  • North East Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust
  • Medway NHS Foundation Trust
  • Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust
  • Royal Surrey County Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust
  • Solent NHS Trust
  • South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust
  • South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
  • St Andrew's Healthcare
  • Swansea Bay University Health Board
  • The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust
  • The Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust
  • University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust