Leadership and Medical Education Opportunities

We are pleased to offer a selection of learning opportunities including formal programmes, short courses, fellowships, international travel as well as a range of links and resources. We continue to offer a wide range of stand alone leadership workshops which are advertised on FAST to develop your individual leadership skills. Below is a list of our leadership and medical education qualification programmes which have now closed for applications and will reopen late spring 2022. 

Clinical Fellow Scheme (Leadership/Management Fellows) 2022/2023 - We are delighted to offer our clinical fellow scheme to enthusiastic and motivated trainees with an interest in leadership, management or clinical informatics and those who are interested in learning more about these areas. Serving as an apprentice to the Postgraduate Dean this year out of programme will challenge you with leadership problems and help develop your understanding of leadership within the NHS. Applications for this open in November with an anticipated August start date. 

Programme 1 -  Leadership in Practice ILM 5 - A collaboration between HEE NE & Always Consult the course has been fully mapped to the core competencies in your clinical curriculum ensuring all the training you receive and the knowledge you gain is transferable to your portfolio. The 18 month programme is aimed at developing clinical leadership and management practice to furnish core trainees with the leadership and management skills to support their clinical practice as a Higher Trainee (Registrar) and beyond. 

Programme 2 -  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). To apply for this programme please follow this link: https://www.medics.academy/courses/HEE-NE-intermediate-l1

Programme 3 - Postgraduate Diploma in Leadership & Management Northumbria University - An innovative two year programme undertaken on a part-time basis with Northumbria University.  The programme is aimed at aspiring senior leaders wanting to make a difference through public service. The programme is funded from the apprenticeship levy and is delivered according to a degree apprenticeship model which comes with eligibility criteria that is out of our control. For more information about the course click here

Unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond our control, the HEE NE-FAIMER-Keele collaboration is now paused with no new application cycle in 2021/22. We hope in the future, this offer can re-commence or otherwise launch an alternative collaboration which will present an exciting international opportunity for HEE NE trainees. In the meantime, we are delighted to announce limited places on alternative HEE NE funded opportunities which current trainees can apply for.

Programme 4 – Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Education 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 5 – Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Education Newcastle University - Through advancing your skills and knowledge you will enhance your contribution to educational practice through this 12 month online programme starting 1 September 2021. This postgraduate certificate aims to develop understanding of the principles and practice of teaching within classroom settings. Details of the specific modules that successful trainee applicants will undertake can be found here. 

More information about programmes 4 and 5 can be found at our webpages

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 -     13-14/01/2021  

Level 2:  Leadership in Practice - Dealing with Change at Work - Techniques and Tips - 05/11/2020

Level 2: Leadership in Practice - Compassionate Leadership  -   07/12/2020

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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