• Leadership for Clinicians: e-learning support for clinical staff
    Leadership for Clinicians: e-learning support for clinical staff
    Leadership for Clinicians: e-learning support for clinical staff
    • Develop the knowledge and skills required in leadership roles
    • Suitable for clinicians from all professions and specialties
    • Extensive use of case studies, images, videos and animations

Helping clinicians to develop essential leadership skills

Leadership for Clinicians (LeAD) is suitable for all clinical staff, regardless of profession, specialty or stage of training. It helps you to develop the knowledge, skills and behaviours to fulfil, and support others in, leadership roles. 

LeAD, which is available via the Internet, features more than 60 e-learning sessions on a wide range of topics such as personal development, working with colleagues, managing services and improving care. The content is packed with real-life case studies, animations and video clips, which help you to apply the learning to your own role.

LeAD covers the knowledge components of the UK National Health Service's Clinical and Medical Leadership Competency Frameworks and the Medical Leadership Curriculum. However, the themes are relevant to all kinds of healthcare professionals.

Any questions?

If you have any further queries on our programmes, please take a look at our frequently asked questions or contact us.

Course Content

On this course, you can choose one of two pathways. These feature the same sessions but they are grouped in different ways. The first pathway presents the sessions in broad content-themed modules while the second reflects the domains of the NHS Leadership Competency Frameworks.

LeAD by theme

Provides a broad understanding of leadership, how LeAD is arranged and the Medical Leadership Framework

Effective Leadership
Focuses on the key attributes and behaviours that underpin effective leadership

Quality Improvement
Presents key theoretical concepts and practical examples of improving the quality of healthcare

Effective Management in Healthcare
Looks at people, finance and decision-making, ensuring that they effectively support service delivery to patients

Ensuring Effective Healthcare
Examines a broad range of concepts and practical examples of delivering effective healthcare

LeAD by domain

Provides a broad understanding of leadership, how LeAD is arranged and the Clinical Leadership Framework

Demonstrating Personal Qualities
Focuses on self-awareness, managing yourself, continuing personal development, and acting with integrity

Working with Others
Looks at developing networks, building and maintaining relationships, encouraging contributions and working within teams

Managing Services
Covers planning, managing resources, managing people and managing performance

Improving Services
Focuses on ensuring patient safety, critical evaluation, encouraging improvement and innovation, and facilitating transformation

Setting Direction
Looks at identifying contexts for change, applying knowledge and evidence, making decisions, and evaluating impact

Optional sessions are available for both pathways, with general/reference information alongside examples from the medical professions.


Below are some sample sessions from LeAD. In common with all LeAD sessions, these feature animations, videos, case studies and interactive exercises.

To work your way through a session, simply click on the 'Next' button at the top right-hand corner of each page.

Introduction to Leadership and LeAD

This session explores the concepts of leadership in the clinical setting. It also introduces learners to the e-learning support for the development of clinical leadership (LeAD) and its relationship with the Medical/Clinical Leadership Competency Framework.

Introduction to Medical/Clinical Leadership and LeAD

This session provides an overview of the Medical/Clinical Leadership Competency Framework. It looks at how the framework has been constructed and how it can be used.


Professor Sir Bruce Keogh, National Medical Director of the UK National Health Service, commended the project and stated that 'a true leader can inspire the next generation to be good doctors'.

LeAD is a comprehensive knowledge base to help all healthcare professionals contribute to the effective running of their organisation and its future direction. Written by clinicians for clinicians, learners can be confident they are using quality material wherever they are.
Penny Lewis, Clinical Lead for LeAD


Single-user access to the LeAD e-learning programme for 12 months costs £100 (excluding VAT where applicable). You may also pay by monthly or quarterly subscription. To purchase a licence, please click on one of the registration buttons below to purchase LeAD by either theme or domain.

Once you have submitted your details and your payment has been processed, your account details (user name and password) will be emailed to you within two to three working days.

We can arrange for multiple or multi-year licences. Please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further details.

Purchase LeAD by Domain

In this learning pathway, sessions reflect the NHS Leadership Framework domains, for example ‘Demonstrating Personal Qualities'. Introductory sessions include illustrations from a wide range of professions alongside those from the medical professions (which are grouped in a separate module).

LeAD by Domain Registration

Purchase LeAD by Theme

In this pathway, sessions are arranged by topic theme, for example ‘Effective Leadership’. All introductory sessions (both medically-orientated and those from the wider professions) are grouped in a separate module.

LeAD by Theme Registration