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Breda Flaherty

Breda Flaherty

Breda Flaherty

Course Leader for the MSc in Healthcare Leadership and Commissioning
T: 01273 644128
Location: Room 341, Watson Building, University of Brighton, Falmer, Brighton, BN1 9PH

DA: Ian Angell
T: +44 (0)1273 643682

Areas of expertise: Healthcare leadership and commissioning

Other relevant positions: Deputy Chair of the Board of Study, responsible for curriculum assurance across the department’s postgraduate programme offer

Twitter: @BredaFlaherty1


I am an Independent Consultant with a portfolio of career interests spanning the healthcare, charity and university sectors. I have led my own consultancy company over the past 25 years, specialising in leadership development, and organisational change projects, focused on developing public services to become ‘good to use’ for the public and ‘good to work in’ for staff. In the healthcare sector, I focus particularly on developing clinical leaders beyond their clinical portfolios to make the stretch into leadership of whole teams, services and organisations; I hold national roles in developing NHS Aspiring Chief Executives and Directors as a member of the core faculty at the national NHS Leadership Academy and as a Leadership Associate at The Kings Fund (a national charitable Trust specialising in healthcare policy analysis and leadership development).

I have an extensive coaching portfolio, both with early career leaders in their first significant leadership and team roles, and with ‘top of the office’ leaders holding a national or organisation-wide brief as clinical Professors or organisation Directors. I am particularly interested in the potential of group learning models, such as Learning Sets working across varied business and professional boundaries, to achieve greater inclusion, diversity and entrepreneurialism in the way we might achieve innovation and change.

Over the past 10 years, I have led MSc programmes at the Postgraduate Department of Brighton and Sussex Universities Medical School, where I also support PhD and Dissertation research, and champion the ‘widening participation’ and patient engagement agendas. I am a member of a number of University Boards, and focus on participation and potential across the education sector; I am committed to increasing fair access for all to academic opportunities and striving for everyone to have their chance to reach a good level of professional and personal development.

I very much enjoy developing people to achieve their potential, and to make the contribution they are capable of in their work and in their lives. I am currently actively learning about and developing a next step in my career into Trusteeships and a greater range of work in the charity sector.  

Other roles

At the national NHS Leadership Academy Faculty Breda leads on the Top Leaders Programme for NHS Board Directors, and the Nye Bevan Programme for Board Director development; Leadership Associate at The King’s Fund, where she has led on the Clinical Fellows Programme, the London Darzi Fellowship for junior doctors, and the Aspiring Nurse Directors programme for London.

Memberships and Associate-ships

Breda is a member of the European Mentoring and Coaching Council and the Chartered Institute for Professional Development


The Top Leaders Programme, NHS Leadership Academy 2015

The Nye Bevan (Board Director Development) Programme, NHS Leadership Academy 2014-2015

Clinical Commissioning – Design of a tailored organisation development approach to establishing GPs new to commissioning in Clinical Commissioning Lead roles at Brighton & Hove CCG 2012-14 & East Sussex CCGs 2014-15.

Leadership Simulations (most recently – Tower Hamlets Clinical Commissioning Group (HSJ CCG of the year 2015)

Course Leader for the MSc in Healthcare Leadership and Commissioning at the Brighton and Sussex Medical School Department of Medical Education; Deputy Chair of the Board of Study

The Hurley Group Mentoring Scheme 2011-14

Agreement to form the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough large-scale CCG across 8 smaller local CCGs; CCG Board development 2011-14

Creating Better Dementia Care: HE KSS and BSMS Dementia Fellowship programme 2012-15
A large scale 3 year development initiative to improve Dementia Care across the South East in Primary Care and hospital settings. Involving 75 practitioners, plus patients and carers, in clinical research, local service improvements, and changes to education and training

‘Better Dementia Commissioning and Care’ 2012-13: Design and Delivery of NHS London-Brighton and Sussex Medical School's programme across 32 London Boroughs

Developing a Clinical Networks approach to the specialised commissioning of HIV services 2014

National Clinical Fellows Programme, Leadership Academy and The Kings Fund 2012-13

Darzi Fellows Programme 20010-12- London Deanery and The King’s Fund

Design and Delivery of Clinical Directors development programmes at Trusts 2000+.

Delivery of long-term coaching and consultancy support to Senior Nurse Leaders at Director and Aspiring Director

Senior Staff Leadership programme (2007- 2015) St Georges NHS Trust, London:

Designed and led the development of a County Council multi-agency partnership, developing leaders skills, attitudes, and knowledge-base to move from idea to implementation:

Health Care Commission of Inquiry into Sutton and Merton Learning Disability Service (2005)


Breda is Course Leader for the Healthcare Leadership and Commissioning MSc and Deputy Chair of the Board of Study, responsible for curriculum assurance across the department’s postgraduate programme offer.

She is also a principal lecturer and leads on course design, offers tutorials and dissertation supervision at masters and PhD level, leads on curriculum development and manages the faculty teaching and administration team.