Posted on: 13 June 2023

We are delighted to announce that we are now offering our impressive 21st Century Leadership Programme nationally to NHS Trusts for the first time. A programme designed by psychologists, for psychologists.

21 CLP Poster.pngDrawing on the best evidence, the programme combines psychological theory with leadership science. It covers topical issues such as values led leading; psychological safety; relational skills; systems thinking; creative design; compassionate authority and self-awareness. It will support leadership thought and skills development that ensures you and the NHS become an organisation of choice for staff and an organisation of excellence for the people we serve by weaving Restorative Justice and equality, diversity and inclusion throughout. The sessions will be made up of a mixture of face-to-face and online workshops. There will also be a project to complete and action learning sets.

There are up to 25 spaces available for a 10 day programme with CNWL. Psychological professions working in the NHS across the UK are welcome to sign up to it. Please do share this with your service leads within NHS services or individual professionals you think would be interested in this training. It has been delivered successfully within CNWL with 89% of participants sharing that they found the programme either useful or extremely useful.

Psychological professions working in the NHS across the UK are welcome to sign up to it. If anyone wishes to find out more or has any questions, we’d be happy for them to contact us at

Find out more about the programme here.

Who can apply?

We are inviting applications from staff within the psychological professions across the NHS. The programme may be particularly relevant for those currently in a leadership position or considering such a position.

When does the programme start?

The programme is expected to start in Autumn with the first taught days scheduled for October 2023. There are up to 25 places available for a 10 day programme.

What are the fees?

The fee is 5000 GBP per person/space inclusive of all elements and learning materials for the programme.

What topics are covered?

Some of the subjects covered in the programme include:

  • Cultivating Compassionate Self & Systems
  • Cultural Humility & Equity and Justice
  • Listening to Communities
  • Psychological Safety in Teams
  • Civility and Respect
  • Key Coaching Skills for Managers

Dr Ryan Kemp

DSC_0824.JPGRyan is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and currently Director of Therapies at CNWL. He is also Honorary Professor of Clinical Practice at Brunel University London and is an associate fellow of the British Psychological Society.

Ryan worked for many years in addictions services across London, was an early team member in National Problem Gambling Clinic and has worked and researched in the addiction field for more than 20 years. His first book, Transcending Addiction, was published by Routledge in 2018.

He has been a clinical director in both mental health and community (physical) health services. As Director of Therapies he leads all the AHP (physios, OTs, SLT etc) and psychological professions (psychologists and psychotherapists) in the trust. His current portfolio includes leading on staff wellbeing, OD development projects, reflective practice and supervision across CNWL, as well as developing the 21st Century Leadership Programme.

Ryan completed the Nye Bevan Programme for executive leadership through the NHS Leadership Academy in 2020. Ryan is currently writing a book on compassionate leadership.


Dr Christopher Whiteley

Christopher Whiteley.jpgChristopher is CNWL’s Chief Psychologist and a Consultant Clinical Psychologist. He has extensive experience providing training in leadership development and psychological treatment approaches to various professional groups over many years. He was formerly Deputy Clinical Director with the University of East London Clinical Psychology Doctoral Training Programme and continues as an Associate Clinical Tutor. Across his career he has worked in a range of clinical services including Acute and Crisis Mental Health, HIV and Sexual Health Services, Substance Misuse Services and IAPT. As an NHS Leader Christopher aims for a leadership style that is Compassionate and Inclusive, challenging discrimination and inequality.

Christopher is trained in a range of evidence based psychological treatment approaches and is accredited by the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) as a therapist, trainer and supervisor.


Dr Fouzia Siddique 

Dr Fouzia Siddique.jpgFouzia is a Clinical Psychologist working as Trust Lead for Workforce Development of Psychological Professions at CNWL. Prior to this, Fouzia worked in crisis mental health care, on inpatient wards at St Charles Mental Health Centre, managing the psychological provision for the site as sole psychologist.

Fouzia has had a keen interest in leadership and staff wellbeing, leading the staff wellbeing project at St Charles, adopting an early version of compassionate management and reparative practices in managing staff and introducing structures supportive to leading with compassion at the unit. Fouzia was also more broadly involved in developing and leading on workforce planning for the site, with a particular focus on equality, diversity and inclusion while in this role. Her current role expands on this work to address workforce issues facing psychological professions.

Her research interests include leadership and management practices in healthcare settings such as compassionate management, healthcare culture change programmes such as restorative just culture practices, systemic approaches in acute and crisis mental health care settings and goal setting in neurological rehabilitation.

Please fill out the forms below and send them to to apply for the programme.

The 21CLP National Programme 2023-24 is the application form we would like you to complete and return to us to be considered for the October 2023 intake.

The 21CLP 2023-24 National Form is a form requesting your demographic details.