FAQs Leadership for Pharmacy Professionals Programme (LPPP)

Leadership for Pharmacy Professionals Programme (LPPP)
The NHS Leadership Academy also provides leadership programmes, so why should I
choose this one?
The NHS Leadership Academy provides a range of leadership programmes for staff working
at different levels within the NHS. The Edward Jenner programme provides the foundations
of leadership via e-learning but lacks the opportunity for peer learning. The next step up is
the Mary Seacole programme, which requires 10 – 12 hours per week of self-study over 12
months which is a really large time commitment! We believe that there is really big leap
between the Edward Jenner and Mary Seacole programmes and our leadership programme
aims to address this gap in terms of time commitment and the opportunity to learn with and
from your peers through a learning community.
What is a learning community?
A learning community is a group of people, usually, from the same profession who come
together to learn through sharing information and experiences to develop themselves
personally and professionally. Collaborative inquiry and the learning related to it, enables
professionals to develop and share a body of wisdom gleaned from their experience. We
used the learning community format on our previous leadership development programme
in 2013 and comments from pharmacists and pharmacy technicians who participated in
learning communities included:
“Very good for encouraging thoughtful critical discussion; fantastic opportunity for
leadership development in the session”
“Look at how to change current practice…hear how other trusts manage common problems”
“Other people’s views are helpful to get …other solutions …that I haven’t thought about”
LPET and CPPE provide workshop activities and learning materials for the learning
community sessions and group members take it in turns to facilitate these sessions. We
provide full instructions and a guide for the session facilitator. Development of your
facilitation skills is also part of your leadership development.
What is the time commitment for the Leadership for Pharmacy Professionals Programme
The Leadership for Pharmacy Professionals Programme runs over 12 months and has five
Leadership for pharmacy professionals: developing leadership behaviours event
(facilitated by LPET and CPPE)
Five learning community sessions linked to one or more dimensions of the Healthcare
Leadership Model (facilitated by group members)
A work-based service improvement project
Action learning sets – to provide support for project and leadership development
An end of programme event which will include presentation of selected projects
There is also some pre-session work for each of the days and we estimate this will take
between 1 and 2 hours for each session. You will be expected to do this work prior to each
session as it is needed in order to complete the activities during the learning community
There is also some recommended post session work to enable you to apply your learning to
practice in your workplace. It is up to you when you choose to do the post course work as
this as you won’t need to bring this with you to the learning community sessions
If you are offered a place on the Leadership for Pharmacy Professionals Programme you are
expected to attend all 7 days of the programme and complete a work-based service
improvement project. An abstract of your project and reflective log should be submitted to
LPET prior to the end of programme event.
What is an action learning set?
Action learning is an approach to solving real problems that involves taking action and
reflecting upon the results. The learning that results helps improve the problem-solving
process as well as the solutions developed. You will participate in an action learning set
during the leadership programme as a method for support for your project and to help you
deal with leadership dilemmas and challenges. Don’t worry if you’re not familiar with this
method of learning as we will introduce you to the process on day 2 of the leadership
programme. The action learning process includes (1) a real problem that is important,
critical, and usually complex, (2) a diverse problem-solving team or "set", (3) a process that
promotes curiosity, inquiry, and reflection, (4) a requirement that talk be converted into
action and, ultimately, a solution, and (5) a commitment to learning.
If you have further questions please contact [email protected]