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Edward Jenner: 0 - An Introduction to Personal Development

NHS England via FutureLearn


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.

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.


  • Learning and developing
    • How the course works
    • My workplace and my commitment to it
    • Learning and experimenting
  • Planning to learn
    • Defining a learning contract with myself

Taught by

Jason Brewster


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