HEE NE Extended Learning Opportunities

We are delighted to offer a range of extended learning opportunities funded by Health Education England North East and North Cumbria. These programmes offer a variety of learning styles and duration and have been carefully selected to provide a diverse choice. In addition, we continue to offer a wide range of standalone leadership workshops which can be found on FAST as well as a range of links and resources, to develop your individual leadership skills.  

Extended Opportunities 

Please find below a list of our extended opportunity programmes which we advertise annually in Spring. Please note for your application to be considered it must be submitted with an appropriate statement of support from your Training Programme Director, Lead Training Programme Director or Head of School.

The costs of each of these programmes are met by HEE NE but programmes 1 and 2 are funded via the apprenticeship levy which utilises government funding which comes with eligibility criteria that is out of our control.

Please note that applications for 2022 have now closed. 

Programme 1 – Leadership and Management for Higher Trainees

An 18- month programme aimed at developing clinical leadership and management practice to furnish trainees with the leadership and management skills to support their clinical practice as a Higher Trainee (Registrar) and beyond. This course is a degree apprenticeship.

Programme 2 – Senior Leader Higher Apprenticeship

An innovative 18-month programme undertaken on a part-time basis. The programme is aimed at aspiring senior leaders wanting to make a difference. The programme is funded from the apprenticeship levy and is delivered according to a degree apprenticeship model.

Programme 3 – Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Education with Sunderland University

A 12-month part-time programme aimed at all staff who train doctors or medical students and those looking to develop their career in medical education. On completion of the course, you will have developed your skills and knowledge as a teaching professional and have a greater understanding of the delivery and governance of medical training across all levels.

Programme 4 – Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Education (online) with Newcastle University 

Through advancing your skills and knowledge you will enhance your contribution to educational practice through this 12-month online programme. This postgraduate certificate aims to develop understanding of the principles and practice of teaching within classroom settings. Introduce the key learning theories related to classroom-based teaching and facilitate the development of skills in the practice of teaching within the classroom.

Programme 5 – Healthcare Leadership Academy (HLA) Intermediate Level 1 Programme

This is a fully online programme that can be completed self-paced. It is designed for Clinicians interested in Leadership to gain qualifications that lead to the equivalent of an ILM Level 5 qualification with the option of gaining Membership of the Institute of Leadership and Management (MInstLM).

We also have some short podcasts explaining what it is like to undertake a degree apprenticeship from the perspective of a trainee and answering some frequently asked questions about the programme.

Degree Apprenticeship - Information

Degree Apprenticeship - FAQs

If you require any further information or advice please contact us at EducationSupport.NE@hee.nhs.uk

Leadership Learning

Here at Health Education England working across the North East and North Cumbria we aim to facilitate all doctors in training to reach their full potential in all areas, including the generic professional skill of leadership.

NHS Improvements 'Developing People - Improving Care' (2016) has highlighted the link between leadership and quality improvement and recommended compassion and inclusivity in clinical leadership, encouraging leadership training for all as a core skill.

With the publication of the GMC's 'Generic Professional Capabilities' (2017), the leadership capabilities that are common to all doctors across all specialties have been described, with the exception that these leadership capabilities will be embedded in all curricula.

Health Education England's strategy 'Leadership Development for Doctors in Postgraduate Medical Training' (2017) sees clinical leadership as a responsibility of all doctors and our leadership strategy for doctors in postgraduate training aims to position leadership and management in the mainstream.

We aim to support all our doctors in training in their personal leadership journey, delivering a tiered learning approach, working towards independent practice.



Our events range offers learning at every stage of your training.  It includes short workshops, formal programmes and qualifications which we have aligned to our Pyramid of Learning to ensure we offer leadeership and management opportunities from introductorry through to Masters level.

Note: for HEE e-learning and videos please register with e-LFH

Level 4: Elizabeth Garret Anderson Programme - NELA

Level 2: HLA Leadership Programme - HLA

Level 2: Mary Seacole Programme - NELA

Level 2: Leadership in Practice - Core Programme -  20-21/07/2022 

Level 1: Edward Jenner Programme - HEE E-Learning 

Level 1: Edward Jenner Programme - NELA

Level 1: Future Focused Finance HEE E-Learning

Level 1: Management and Leadership Skills -  HEE E-Learning



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