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Edward Jenner: 0 - An Introduction to Personal Development

Learn how to maximise your learning experience and make time in a busy schedule for personal development.

5,150 enrolled on this course

Prepare for the NHS Leadership Academy’s Edward Jenner Programme.

When working a full-time job, it can be difficult to make time for learning and development.

On this two-week course, you’ll learn how to make space in your schedule for personal development and develop skills to enhance your learning.

With guidance from the experts at NHS Leadership Academy, you’ll discover how you can make the most out of life-long learning opportunities in everyday workplace situations.

The course will also help you prepare for the NHS Leadership Academy’s Edward Jenner Leadership development programme.

Begin your journey of learning and development

You’ll develop an understanding of the process and levels of learning and development. This will help you determine your desired level of learning and articulate a learning goal to achieve.

Exploring the different levels at which you learn, you’ll go through the five discoveries you need to make to learn with purpose and for lasting change.

You’ll also understand the challenges you could face in your learning journey and identify ways to overcome them.

Gain support for your learning goals in the workplace

The course will help you make the most out of your development opportunities by understanding how to gather support from your manager and colleagues to maximise your growth.

By the end of the course, you’ll have the confidence and skills to start your journey of learning and development in the workplace.

Free upgrade for UK health and care students and staff

A free upgrade for this course is available for eligible NHS-affiliated staff and students on placement. Check your eligibility and apply through the NHS Leadership Academy.


  • Week 1

    Learning and developing

    • How the course works

      Discover more about this course and how to get the most out of it.

    • My workplace and my commitment to it

      What is the workplace you want to be a part of? What is your ideal role in it? In this activity, we'll explore why we want to develop and grow and the impact our learning might have.

    • Learning and experimenting

      Learning can be much more than remembering ideas or following steps to master a new skill. We can also choose to learn at different levels and radically grow.

  • Week 2

    Planning to learn

    • Defining a learning contract with myself

      Make five discoveries in order to plan to learn well and make change stick.

When would you like to start?

Start straight away and join a global classroom of learners. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.

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Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Explore the different levels at which we learn
  • Identify the characteristics of positive workplace cultures
  • Describe the NHS approach to leadership
  • Identify a learning goal and planned learning experiments
  • Engage peers and managers in support of sustainable learning

Who is the course for?

This course is designed with workplace learners in mind and as an introduction to the Edward Jenner Programme.

It will suit you if formal education isn’t for you but you want to make the most out of a personal development opportunity.

Who will you learn with?

Jason is the Design and Development Lead at the NHS Leadership Academy. He has worked as a digital innovator, learning designer and leadership development facilitator.

An award winning specialist O&D consultant, trainer and coach, Laura designs, delivers and quality assures leadership interventions across all sectors. Founder of mtc2 ltd and The WayfinderWoman Trust

Who developed the course?

NHS Leadership Academy

Our purpose is to help people discover and fulfil their leadership potential to deliver outstanding health and care.


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  • Courses are split into weeks, activities, and steps to help you keep track of your learning
  • Learn through a mix of bite-sized videos, long- and short-form articles, audio, and practical activities
  • Stay motivated by using the Progress page to keep track of your step completion and assessment scores

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  • Experience the power of social learning, and get inspired by an international network of learners
  • Share ideas with your peers and course educators on every step of the course
  • Join the conversation by reading, @ing, liking, bookmarking, and replying to comments from others

Map your progress

  • As you work through the course, use notifications and the Progress page to guide your learning
  • Whenever you’re ready, mark each step as complete, you’re in control
  • Complete 90% of course steps and all of the assessments to earn your certificate

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