The PMA are delighted to launch our ILM Level 7 Diploma in Leadership & Management.

This is a diploma specifically for people who are at management level in primary care and likely to take on responsibility for overseeing primary care provision at scale. Some examples of this include new care models, GP or other primary care federations, GP super practices and NAPC’s primary care home and other primary care networks.

The first cohort of learners will begin the course in February with recruitment continuing every 4 months on a rolling basis.

What can candidates expect?

The curriculum will incorporate the learning and experience of multispecialty community providers (MCPs), integrated primary and acute care systems (PACS) and primary care homes.

Level 7 learning sits within post-graduate levels of education. Post graduate qualifications are, by their nature, very challenging, because they are aimed at learners who have some expertise, and this qualification is no different to that. This qualification is worth 60 credits and, as such, is ‘equivalent to’ a third of a Masters Degree. The major benefit here is that the PMA ILM level 7 is also vocational in nature: so, it will build on substantive operational management experience, learning the theories of business, management and leadership, to develop strategic skills, how to make informed decisions and enhance personal brand within the workplace. This not only benefits the learner, but also, the employer, as it can be aligned to their strategic objectives too.
There are two elements intrinsic to this qualification: Self-directed learning and Social learning. Both elements are learner specific: they embed management development in real-work situations and increase professional networks. The time commitment will be at least 8 hours per week for 18 months OR if fast-tracked, 12 hours plus per week for 12 months. The course is delivered mainly online, and delivery materials have been designed so that it is easy to learn in the workplace during operational ‘downtimes’. The rest of the time will be spent building knowledge: critically researching, collecting data, sharing ideas and information with professional PMA ILM 7 colleagues online or face-to-face, and working with stakeholders (including your workplace team and Seniors) in order to construct and present a full business-case/ change project.

Impacts on Careers:

There are possibilities for enhanced employment prospects, because this course focusses on learning via workplace application at strategic level. Successful completion of the PMA ILM level 7 will provide:

• progression opportunities to many University Masters programmes.
• eligibility to apply for fellowship of the ILM.

This is a non-funded diploma course but we believe in making this opportunity as accessible as possible. The PMA offer a payment scheme to cover the full amount of the diploma course. The cost including ILM registration fee is £3450 or interest-free for 12 months.

Learners will be invited to the annual PMA Academy Graduation Ceremony on successful completion of the diploma course. This is a wonderful event and perfect occasion to celebrate such a fabulous achievement.

You can find out more about this diploma here

If you would like more information, please contact the PMA Team at