The programme, which was redesigned and re-launched in October 2007:
- is aimed at black and minority ethnic (BME) staff who have the talent and potential to move into director level positions,
- offers the opportunity for individuals to develop personal development plans based on clear and objective diagnostic tools,
- provides development activities which will support career planning and progression,
- provides the space to engage with and understand the issues facing black and minority ethnic staff in the NHS,
- helps to ensure that the NHS reaches the target of 30 per cent of top managers coming from BME backgrounds.
Since its launch in October 2003, the programme has helped many individuals achieve their career aspirations and goals, thereby enabling the NHS to get closer to achieving a senior leadership community which is truly diverse. This is vital not just because it is right, but because the NHS will be better able to serve the needs of patients in a more responsive way.
Find out more about the breaking through programme here: