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Leadership Development Programme


Please note that applications are now closed for the 2018 cohort.

Course structure

The programme uses a variety of provoking, engaging and fun learning methods. This will allow you to learn from the programme team, yourself and your cohort colleagues. The course consists of:

  • File 213394Five module workshops
  • Three action learning set meetings
  • Three webinars
  • Four live virtual discussions
  • Live online speed coaching sessions
  • Personality profiling and reflective learning log

  • Guide to self-directed development

  • A personal development plan


We asked some of our 2017 cohort to feedback on their experience and the impact that the LDP had for them.

File 213390L-R: : Joe Head, Laura Swarbrick, Jen Cartwright, Katy Thomas, Naomi Shipley

1. What is the biggest change you have noticed in yourself since taking part in the programme?

'… more emotionally aware about how my leadership style affects others…' (Joe Head, clinical operations manager)

'…the Programme has helped me to tailor my thoughts and ideas so I can be more effective.' (Laura Swarbrick, private MSK physiotherapist)

2. How has the programme implemented on your practice?

'…empowered me to…secure a new band 7 job, all of which I would have never had the confidence to do without the skills I learnt on this course.' (Naomi Shipley, senior physiotherapist)

'I can better communicate, motivate and work with my patients to meet their needs and achieve their outcomes.(Katy Thomas, Band 7 children and young people’s physiotherapist)

'It has helped me to have more confidence in “influencing the influencers”…' (Joe Head)

3. What would you say to other physios considering applying to the programme?

'This programme is a fantastic way to start your leadership journey to improved emotional intelligence, how to engage and empower others and how to start leading change within your teams and departments.' (Jen Cartwright, specialist rehab physiotherapist)

'The ability to network with other physiotherapists who have an understanding of the challenges faced within our profession for guidance, support and to constructively consider an alternative point of view has been invaluable to me throughout the 12-month programme.' (Jen Cartwright)

'I highly recommend this programme and its facilitators – excellent course content, learning material, teachers and peers.' (Katy Thomas)


Sue Hayward-Giles – Assistant Director of Practice, CSP
Stuart Palma – Head of Programmes and Projects, CSP
Amy Thomson – Leadership Development Officer, CSP
Kelly Clifford – Evaluation Manager, CSP

Delivery team

Heather Wicks – Director, Connect Oxford
Anne-Marie Scott – Director, Connect Oxford


There is no charge for taking part in the programme. One night of accommodation, including dinner, lunch and breakfast, between each residential event is provided. Travel expenses are not covered.

The cost per participant is approximately £6000, funded by the CSP Charitable Trust. You and/or your organisation will be liable for this amount if you choose to withdraw from the programme after enrolment, unless you have evidence of exceptional circumstances.


Please contact us at if you require any further information or assistance about the programme.


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Last reviewed

4 September 2017
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