As part of NEYLA's commitment to inclusion and allyship, they are excited to share the pilot episode of their first podcast - Courageous Conversations. The podcast aims to shine a light on the experiences of NHS Leaders, and inspire and motivate others to engage in courageous conversations around inclusion.

In this episode, three colleagues from the academy reflect on what 2020 has meant to them, and the opportunities and challenges dealing with the realities of Covid-19 and events leading to the global recognition of the Black Lives Matter movement:


Allyship is the practice of working in solidarity with those within marginalised groups. Allyship is a verb, not a noun; and as leaders it is our responsibility to use our power and privilege to support those facing discrimination. We can all develop by taking time in each day to be attentive to how we speak and act, unlearning and relearning what we understand about the world, and seeking feedback from those we seek to ally ourselves with.

To support the development of allyship, the Midlands Leadership Academy team have created an excellent allyship toolkit

Join Action for Happiness for a special event with entertainer and mental health advocate Ruby Wax on how we can find possibility and positivity in 2021...

2020 has been a truly challenging year. How can we start the new year with a sense of positivity and hope?

At this event, Ruby Wax OBE will share “green shoots” of hope emerging in our society. Drawing on insights from her inspiring new book “And Now for the Good News…”, Ruby will explore reasons we have to be optimistic about what the future holds - and how we can find hope, even during these uncertain times.

Ruby will also share her thoughts on the importance of mindfulness, mental health and her ground-breaking network of Frazzled cafes, which are providing much-needed support for people in local communities and now via online meetings too.

"We're all in need of as much good news as we can get! Ruby can always be guaranteed to lift your spirits" ~ Annie Lennox

The event will take place on Zoom at 7pm London time (GMT).

Click here to find out more and book your place.


A place and space for team leaders and managers to connect, share and learn together.

As Covid-19, winter and vaccine pressures increase, team leaders and managers across health and care are facing unprecedented challenges and fatigue. It is vitally important that our NHS People are supported at this critical time, and the NHS Leadership Academy are excited and proud to announce the launch of #ProjectM - a support, learning and development offer for leaders through difficult and challenging times.

Following two engaging and energising tweetchats reaching over 1.2 million users, #ProjectM is now live on the NHS People website and offers a space to connect, share, learn and support each other - with content led by you, for you. 

#ProjectM offers a range of support including bitesize learning including self-care, resilience, team care, peer support and psychological safety. To access this free, 24/7 offer visit NHS People

 You can also join the conversation on Twitter with #ProjectM and #OurNHSPeople