Preparing nurse graduates to lead and manage care is a significant challenge in current curriculum development. The application of relevant experience, theory and concepts to the realities of a complex practice context is a daunting prospect for teacher and student. This paper reports on the development of a blended approach to learning about how to lead in pre-registration nursing and reports on service user, carer and student participation in its development. The use of a 'Blueprinting' method was key to ensuring that the blended pedagogy was achieved aligning virtual learning environment activities, group work and critical reflection on practice and assessment. The results and feedback from participating students will be presented and key challenges will be discussed.