NHS Leadership Academy

2024 | London
Developing better leaders in health and care

Morvia Gooden

Senior programme lead, NHS Leadership Academy

Morvia has over 40yrs experience in the NHS, working at a clinical and managerial level.

Morvia qualified as a Registered General Nurse in 1985 and has since qualified as a Midwife, Health Visitor, haemoglobinopathies counsellor and sexual health nurse. As a student midwife during her community placement, she got a taste for community working. Preferring the challenge of defying the nurse power over patient relationship, as often experienced in a hospital setting, and favouring an equal playing field being an invited guest on the patients own turf.

Morvia has worked in the Voluntary sector responsible for coordinating the direction of the service, ensuring service user involvement at all levels of the decision making processes.  She has also managed and been responsible for sexual health promotion designing and delivering targeted teenage sexual health provision establishing several nurse-led clinics for young people on “their turf” in the most deprived areas of the City of Nottingham.

Morvia has an MSc in Healthcare Leadership, is a 360 feedback facilitator, executive coach and an ALS facilitator and is passionate about developing and leveraging the potential of others.

As Senior Programme lead for Inclusion and systems Leadership at the NHS National Leadership Academy, Morvia specialized in Leadership development and support for senior staff seeking director &CEO level positions, co-designing, and developing positive action programmes targeted at BAME workforce. Up to 60% of participants were recorded as achieving career progression during the life of the programme.

Much of her drive now leads her to providing strategic inclusional support at a national level for NHSEI, developing leaders who are more innovative and can create a climate where inclusivity and innovation can flourish.