Resilience, improved confidence and stronger working relationships are just three of the many benefits cited by the participants of our Surrey 500 leadership programme, which was introduced by The Academy. Four Celebration Events were held across the country last month to mark the end of the programme, and participants came together to share their experiences of the training and collect their certificates. Colleagues from the North West Surrey cohort are pictured above.

The Surrey 500 programme is Surrey Heartlands’ first place-based leadership programme and, over the last nine months, four cohorts each of 100 colleagues have participated in it. It was based on a successful model which was designed for the Fylde Coast Integrated Care Partnership, Lancashire and NHS North West Leadership Academy which achieved demonstrable system change.

“It’s been a really exciting opportunity for people to come together, be empowered as leaders and think across and beyond traditional organisational boundaries to achieve change,” said Sarah Parker, Director of Transformation and The Academy. “Now we need to take that learning forwards to provide better outcomes for our citizens. Having witnessed the enthusiasm of our participants at the events this week I’ve no doubt they’ll make this happen.

“Thanks to all of our wonderful participants, their senior managers and mentors, and also the many people across our partnership who put this programme together and helped make it a success.”

The Surrey 500 alumni will be working together in the future on projects and sharing the outcome of their buddying experiences. The next Cohort of the programme will also go live later this year. You can see a short video about the programme at