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Our Partnership with AstraZeneca

AstraZeneca and Diabetes UK: Working together to unlock leadership potential in the NHS

AstraZeneca is a global pharmaceutical company with a major UK presence. Their purpose is to push the boundaries of science to deliver life-changing medicines. They feel that the best way they can help patients is to be science-led and share that passion with the scientific, healthcare and business communities of the UK.

In 2018, our partnership with AstraZeneca began; we started to tackle failings in diabetes care by developing the Primary Care Leadership programme.

The reach and scale of the programme’s impact has been outstanding, and continues to inspire us to develop new projects together that could potentially transform diabetes care. 

The difference our partnership has made so far

In 2019, our Primary Care Leadership courses helped over 70 professionals gain clear insights into who they are as leaders, where their strengths lie and how they might develop going forwards.

For many participants, these introductory leadership courses were transformational learning experiences, giving them the confidence and direction to take action to improve their services, organisations and the world around them. Without the support of Astra Zeneca we wouldn’t have been able to achieve this.

Developing our leadership offer

We have delivered leadership development support since 2014 and our knowledge and skills for identifying and nurturing leaders from every corner of the UK, and at every level of the NHS, continues to grow.

We learned a great deal from the first year of our partnership with Astra Zeneca. But we can and must do more to improve care for people with diabetes.

Based on the evaluation findings from the Primary Care Leadership Courses and our extensive research into how leadership development in healthcare is evolving – we believe that by making some simple changes to our approach, we will have an even bigger impact in year two. We aim to deliver introductory leadership development courses that are more diverse and inclusive, with a stronger focus on helping participants deliver impact on the ground. 

We are rebranding the existing Primary Care Leadership course as the ‘Discovering Leadership Programme'. We will deliver two Discovering Leadership Programmes in 2020 - 2021, with 50 participants completing the course.


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