Hundreds of senior NHS managers will be taught how to be “more inclusive, compassionate and caring” as part of the response to the Francis inquiry.

Around 600 managers are to take part in courses offered by the NHS Leadership Academy which have been designed to tackle a “command and control” culture in the health service, HSJ has been told.

The academy said managers would attend courses starting from September, and 200 had already signed up to the course for executive directors, which is named Nye Bevan.

The year-long course will involve 18 days’ residential learning. Chief executives and other executive directors will be asked to identify their current “leadership style” beforehand.

As part of the training the will work in self-managed teams with other executives. There will be an emphasis on being challenged within with the teams, and on assessment by peers.

To pass the course they will need to show evidence of how they have changed.

The academy’s head of professional development Chris Lake told HSJ: “We want to change the culture within the NHS from something that is a command and control demanding style of leadership to something more inclusive, compassionate and caring but still demanding and holding people to account.

“Lots of the work we are doing respond directly to the challenges laid down by the 290 recommendations in the Francis report. The patient voice is present throughout all of the work we are doing.”

Around 400 middle managers will also begin a course, called Elizabeth Garrett Anderson, in September. It will include 18 days of face-to-face learning over either 18 or 24 months.

Four-thousand NHS staff are expected to take the year-long Mary Seacole course, which is open to those seeking their first management position, such as ward sisters.

All three courses are part of a £49m programme initiated by the Department of Health and overseen by the Leadership Academy. It is predicting 30,000 NHS staff could take part in the next three years.

Mr Lake said the academy wanted the courses to have an “industry wide” effect. He said they were “probably the largest leadership intervention in the world”.