Applications open for the South London Care Home Pioneer Programme 2024 Cohort 6

April 18, 2024

The Health Innovation Network (HIN) South London and My Home Life England are delighted to announce that applications are now open for the South London Care Home Pioneer Programme Cohort 6 – a leadership support and professional development programme delivered free of charge to Care Home Managers, Deputies and Senior Nurses to advance their skills, facilitate personal growth and enable them to effectively manage the complex everyday issues that impact on the quality of their service.

The programme is aimed at staff working in the following settings in south London:

  • Older person’s residential homes
  • Older person’s nursing homes
  • Learning disability and mental health care settings,
  • Supported living settings

Did you know?

  • The Pioneer Programme has supported more than 120 Pioneers, over five cohorts from all 12 boroughs of South London.

The programme offers support to care home managers to:

  • Advance their leadership skills and strategies.
  • Design and deliver a quality improvement project.

The programme runs over ten months from June 2024 to March 2025 where Pioneers are guided and supported by skilled coaches and facilitators. Pioneers learn from and support each other to consider new ways to approach some of the complex issues which are part of the job.

The programme begins with four face-to-face workshops, followed by a series of six action learning sets, some delivered virtually and some face-to-face. The celebration day on Wednesday 5 March 2025 showcases the achievements of the Pioneers to the funders and other stakeholders.

‘Action learning’ recognises that individuals learn best when they learn with and from each other, by working on real problems and drawing on their own experiences. Three of the six action learning sets will provide additional support for the quality improvement project.

To apply:

  1. Read the flyer here
  2. Complete and submit the application here by Wednesday 15 May, 9 am.

This infographic highlights key feedback from Pioneers who took part in the programme in 2023.

"The programme has boosted my self-belief. I am so grateful to have been offered the opportunity, and the impact it will have for me and the home. It really made me feel valued."Pioneer, Cohort 5, Care Home Pioneers
The Pioneer Programme has allowed me to grow and reflect on my leadership style, it has provided me with the courage to take steps and face challenges and to not let my own limitations hold me back. It has helped me to embrace my uniqueness and shown me that it is the differences in me that effectively make me the leader I am and has taught me how I can use these qualities when working with my team to improve our service. Pioneer, Cohort 5, Care Home Pioneers

You can find some great examples of Pioneer projects that have been carried out by clicking on the following here. Find out more about the celebration day for last year’s cohort here .

Further information

Find out more about the programme and how to apply.


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