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HEE launches allyship programme for AHPs in the North West

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*** Please note, original dates have now changed****

Our next allyship masterclass is taking place as follows:

Masterclass: Distributed Leadership for Inclusion

Date: Thursday 13th July 

Time: 09:30 - 16:00

Place: Teams/webinar

Attendees will need to confirm places in advance - details to follow. 

Our second AHP allyship masterclass took place on the rescheduled date as follows:

Masterclass: Courageous Leadership for Inclusion

Date: Wednesday 10th May

Time: 09:00 – 16:00

Place: On-site at HEE Offices, 3 Piccadilly Place, Manchester, M1 3BN


The HEE North West team are delighted to launch our new allyship leadership programme for AHPs in the North West. This is an innovative AHP leadership masterclass series for Chief AHPs, AHP Leads, Deans and Head of Schools, Practice Education Leads, AHP Council Chairs, AHP Faculty teams and other AHP leaders to champion allyship (standing with others) through inclusive, compassionate, and courageous leadership.

This programme will support staff, teams, and employers to implement the aims and ambitions of the NHS Long Term Plan, NHS People Plan and the Allied Health Professions (AHPs) strategy for England – AHPs Deliver.

This programme has been designed by AHPs for AHPs with the support of regional and international inclusion experts to create a bold program like no other.

A novel approach

Evidence in anti-discrimination training demonstrates that traditional approaches to training can be limited in translation back into the workplace. This programme therefore pilots a pioneering approach, blending educational sessions and workshops with virtual reality and simulation training, supporting psychological safety across all sessions.

We aim to create a space where you will:

  • apply reflective practice to grow understanding of self and others, and,
  • explore advances in inclusive leadership approaches.

This includes compassionate leadership (informed by the work of Michael West) and courageous leadership (approaches based on the work of Brené Brown) to develop your insights, plus practical skills in using data from a range of relevant sources.

Ultimately, this programme will support you to promote and improve equality, diversity, inclusion, and belonging (EDIB) across and beyond the allied health professions, with tools to translate learning back into the workplace - from frontline to boardroom.

Key dates

Masterclass Date Time Format
1. Inclusive Leadership - face to face 28/02/2023 09:30 – 16:00 On-site at HEE Offices, 3 Piccadilly Place, Manchester, M1 3BN
or Inclusive Leadership - online version 02/03/2023 10:00 – 16:00 Webinar
2. Courageous Leadership for Inclusion 30/03/2023 09:30 – 16:00 On-site at HEE Offices, 3 Piccadilly Place, Manchester, M1 3BN
3. Data Driven Leadership for Inclusion 19/04/2023 10:00 – 16:00  Webinar
4. Distributed Leadership for Inclusion 10/05/2023 10:00 – 16:30  Webinar


For greater outcomes participants are encouraged to attend all sessions, however we fully understand operational pressures and are offering a flexible opportunity to participate:

  • All participants will need to attend session 1 (face-to-face or online version).
  • Sessions 2, 3, and 4 can be selected according to your personal learning needs and those of your teams and employer.

Please indicate your preferences on your registration form. In the event we are oversubscribed, priority will be given to people who fully meet the joining requirements and can attend all 4 sessions.

We have capacity for up to 75 AHPs to participate in this HEE funded programme. So, take advantage, join us to advance your inclusive leadership capabilities by developing your authenticity, courage, and influence as you amplify minoritised groups and maximise your impact for equity!

Joining requirements

You should register your place via our online registration form

  1. This programme is available for Chief AHPs, AHP Leads, Professional Leads, AHP Faculty Leads, Deans, Head of Schools, regional professional body representatives, practice Education Leads, AHP Council Chairs and AHP Faculty teams, and other AHP leaders working in the North West region.

  2. You should have knowledge and familiarity with key national drivers, including NHS Long Term Plan, the NHS People Promise, AHPs Deliver.

  3. Basic knowledge and understanding of the Equality Act 2010 (this will not be covered by the programme).

  4. Prior basic or foundation EDIB training, such as employer or professional body, would be an advantage but is not compulsory as guidance materials and resources will be shared.

  5. Be receptive and committed to participate in the reflective practice exercises designed to support your Allyship Journey within and in between each Masterclass (up to 2 hours before or between sessions).

  6. Have a willingness to champion good practice and desire to close inequity gaps.

Places for people meeting these requirements will be allocated on a first come first served basis and places for the first session will be confirmed by 03/02/23. We aspire for representatives from all NHS Trusts and universities from each integrated care system in the North West region.

Additional information

Provisional agendas for each session are available:

We will be evaluating each session and final agendas will be reponsive to feedback from previous sessions. Below are links to videos to illustrate some of the course content: 

Additional information will be shared in follow-up emails after registration.

Please complete and submit your registration form by 5pm 27/01/2023. If you have any questions, please contact the team via: