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This fully funded prestigious new leadership training programme is delivered in partnership with Ashridge Hult Business School. Aimed at the entire multidisciplinary team, it will develop rheumatology leaders who change the way services are delivered and will represent rheumatology at a national level.
From September 2022
Residential modules and with online learning support
Are you working in a rheumatology service and ready to:

  • Embark on challenging, personal development work
  • Tackle the complexity of leading change
  • Be part of a leadership community and share personal practice
Our four-module hybrid Future Leaders programme, blended between in-person and online, is aimed at senior specialist registrars, consultants of 2-3 years, and AHPs, specialist nurses, psychologists and pharmacists who've worked in rheumatology for at least two years.

Combining peer support groups and independent study, you'll gain insights and develop practical tools to help you embed the latest thinking in innovative healthcare into your rheumatology service.

You'll identify your personal development needs and expand your networks while applying new tools and methodologies to your personal area of rheumatology focus.

You'll also work on converting your ideas into larger-scale, impactful projects, and to consider how leadership evolves.


You will be asked to develop an improvement or change project over the course of the programme working with a mentor to help you lead this change. You'll get dedicated time and headspace to work on yourself and the change you wish to lead.

You must commit to participating in all in-person and online sessions, and contribute actively to the peer learning areas of the programme.

By the time you complete Future Leaders, you'll:
  • Have the ability to diagnose what's getting in the way of making change in complex systems
  • Gain a new toolkit of methods, techniques, and approaches for leading change   
  • Be clear on how to take the next step when making change in complex systems and when working with groups   
  • Have tested your personal toolkit and new skills, and developed your own personal systems change practice   
  • Have led a change process within the health system 
  • Be deeply connected to a multidisciplinary learning community of leaders 
The programme takes 12 months, but the networks and practice circles you create together are self-sustaining – there's no absolute end to your work together, and we encourage you to continue collaborating with your peers far beyond the delivery phase of the programme.

You'll join us at Ashridge Business School for three residential sessions, as well as one face-to-face module at Bride House, and take online action learning sessions in between.

The structure is:
  • Virtual programme launch (90-minutes session)
  • Module at Ashridge Business School (11-12 October, face-to-face)
  • Online action learning (3/4 hours session)
  • Module 2 at Ashridge Business School (7-8 December, face-to-face)
  • Online action learning (3/4 hours session)
  • Module 3 at Bride House (22-23 February, face-to-face)
  • Online action learning 3 (3/4 hours session)
  • Module 4 at Ashridge Business School (17 May, face-to-face)

Eligibility criteria

You must:
  • Be a BSR member
  • Work in an NHS rheumatology service in the UK
  • Show evidence of working and learning in an MDT peer group
  • Demonstrate a willingness to reflect on personal practice
  • Demonstrate awareness of strengths and weaknesses
  • Be committed to improve patients' lives
  • Have a change or improvement project you want to implement