For ‘leaders who care’: Exemplar Health Care launches transformative new Leadership Pathway

13 May 2024

Group of colleagues on leadership course

The new Leadership Pathway aims to supercharge our colleagues’ skills and support our growth mission.

We place providing opportunities for growth at the forefront of our people-focused initiatives.

Our learning and development programmes offer colleagues the chance to develop and progress in their career.  

The launch of our new pathway represents a major investment in the development of our people and their skills.

It offers a clearly defined career pathway that empowers individuals at every level of the organisation, from aspiring managers to experienced leaders.

The pathway spans four distinct levels – aspire, engage, accelerate, and inspire.

  • Leaders 1 – Aspire: designed for Senior Health Care Assistants, Registered Nurses, and aspiring managers, this programme focuses on the foundations of leadership, including personal effectiveness, leading a team and effective coaching.
  • Leaders 2 – Engage: targeted at Unit Managers and first line managers, this programme supports new managers through modules around getting the best out of a team, high impact coaching, effective delegation and managing the employee lifecycle.
  • Leaders 3 – Accelerate: geared towards Home Managers, Deputy Managers, Clinical Nurse Managers and senior managers in Central Services, this programme builds on the skills of our senior managers, with modules including coaching for high performance, having courageous conversations and leading change.
  • Leaders 4 – Inspire: tailored towards leaders of leaders, including Regional Directors and Heads of Departments, this programme takes leadership to the next level, focusing on strategy development and execution, leading strategic change and building high performing teams. 

Designed for colleagues in a range of roles at all stages of their career, the programmes equip learners with the skills and behaviours needed to excel in their roles and advance their careers.

Rob Coxon, Director of The Exemplar Health Care Academy, our learning and development body, said:

"The launch of Exemplar Health Care's new Leadership Pathway marks an exciting milestone in our journey of continual improvement.

Our pathway isn’t just about training; it’s about transforming the career prospects of our colleagues by empowering them to become exceptional leaders who can drive positive change and deliver outstanding care for the people we support.

“Following a period of rapid growth, it became imperative for us to create a bespoke training offer that embeds the ‘Exemplar Way’ and enables ambitious and talented colleagues to progress their careers.

“As we continue growing, we’ll require more leaders at every level – the pathway seeks to develop these leaders from our existing talented team, giving colleagues the practical skills and career advancement opportunities that truly make caring at Exemplar Health Care a rewarding career choice.”

The Leadership Pathway offers a comprehensive learning experience that goes beyond traditional training methods.

There are currently four learning programmes, each of which consists of seven modules covering essential skills and knowledge for effective leadership. Participants benefit from a blended learning approach, including face-to-face sessions, coaching, peer-to-peer learning, and on-the-job training.

Steve Melton, CEO of Exemplar Health Care, commented:

Investing in our people has been central to our success to date and remains of paramount importance as we continue on our growth journey. Our goal is to empower our colleagues by providing them with the tools, confidence, and opportunities they need to thrive in their careers.

“We believe that by creating an environment in which everyone can develop their leadership skills, we can ensure that our team is equipped to provide the best care and support to the individuals we support.

“Our mission is to ‘make every day better’ for everyone connected to Exemplar Health Care, and we're confident that our new Leadership Pathway will help us achieve that goal.”


There are plenty of opportunities to develop your skills and progress in your career at Exemplar Health Care if you wish. Read about our learning and development.