Leadership & Medical Education Training


NHSE Education NE

Extended Learning Opportunities - 2024


We are delighted to offer a range of extended learning opportunities funded by NHSE Education North East. These programmes offer a variety of learning styles and durations 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 usually open for applications in the late 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 NHSE Education North East but programme 1 is funded via the apprenticeship levy. This utilises government funding which comes with eligibility criteria that is out of our control.   

Please review our Information Brochure containing further information about all programmes, alongside our FAQs for the Flexible Portfolio Training route. 


Programme 1 – Senior Leader Higher Apprenticeship  

A flexible, work-based postgraduate course designed to provide a formal academic qualification for those aspiring to a future senior strategic role. The course provides an excellent learning platform to develop skills, knowledge, and competences in areas of personal and professional development, including leadership, innovation and organisational strategy. This course is undertaken as a Flexible Portfolio Training programme.  You will be a high performing doctor with the ability to compress your clinical work (excluding on call activity) into 80% of the week to free up a day a week to undertake leadership activities relevant to this programme in the trust hosting you. 

Programme 1 Application Form 2024


Programme 2 – Healthcare Leadership Academy Scholar’s Programme 

The Healthcare Leadership Academy (HLA) Scholars Programme is an enriching opportunity for doctors and dentists looking to deepen their leadership skills and explore innovative strategies within healthcare. This international programme connects you with healthcare professionals globally, fostering a network of insights and collaborative learning. Upon successful completion, you’ll earn a postgraduate level qualification in leadership, along with the designation (MHLA) to recognize your expertise.   

Designed with flexibility in mind, the programme accommodates your busy schedule, enabling you to continue your clinical practice while advancing your leadership capabilities. This is an excellent pathway for those who are keen to lead and innovate in the healthcare field.   

To find out more about the programme or to apply click the following link:https://join.thehealthcareleadership.academy/HLA-Scholars-Programme-2024-25-Application-Portal


Programme 3 – Healthcare Leadership Academy Intermediate Level 1 

This leadership development programme is for registrars who are interested in advancing their leadership skills to include complex leadership environments and scenarios including crisis management, enabling diversity through leadership, clinically effective leadership and healthcare management. The programme is accredited and supported by UCLan Medical School. This practical programme, worth 20 module master's credits, from UCLan Medical School is delivered by industry experts who have worked across the healthcare sector as well as academic scholars. On completion of this programme, you will gain a Level 7 leadership qualification.   

To find out more about the programme or to apply click the following link: https://join.thehealthcareleadership.academy/Intermediate-Level-One-North-East-2024 


Programme 4 – Flexible Portfolio Training in Clinical Informatics (FPT-CI) 

A novel initiative to support doctors in higher training to spend 20% of their working week developing their skills and experience in Digital Health.  You will be a high performing doctor with the ability to compress your clinical work (excluding on call activity) into 80% of the week to free up a day a week to undertake a clinical informatics project in the trust hosting you.  You will work alongside the clinical digital services team in the trust to deliver a project or part of an existing project during your time in the trust.  Doctors and dentists in training can apply to join FPT after entering higher training (usually ST3/ST4 for doctors or ST1for dentists) and a successful FPT can remain as FPT until CCT. 

Programme 4 Application Form 2024


Programme 5 – Flexible Portfolio Training in Sustainable Healthcare (FPT-SH) 

A novel initiative to support doctors in higher training to spend 20% of their working week in developing their skills, experience and understanding of sustainable healthcare.  You will be a high performing doctor with the ability to compress your clinical work (excluding on call activity) into 80% of the week to free up a day a week to undertake a Sustainable Healthcare Quality Improvement Project in the trust hosting you.  You will work alongside the sustainability teams – both clinical and non-clinical to deliver your project to help align the organisation with Net Zero targets.  Doctors and Dentists in training can apply to join FPT after entering higher training (usually ST3/ST4 for doctors or ST1 for dentists) and a successful FPT can remain an FPT until CCT. 

Programme 5 Application Form 2024


Programme 6 – Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Education with Sunderland University 

A 12-month part-time programme aimed at all staff who train health care professionals 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. 

The course is designed to bridge the gap between theory, evidence, and practice, with a strong emphasis on the practicalities of ‘doing’ medical education. The course is delivered by experienced clinicians and academics, including a range of external contributors with specialist expertise in medical education, via a mix of online and face-to-face workshops, seminars and support sessions. The majority of sessions will be held on Thursdays or Fridays. Excellent support is available from our library staff where all texts are freely available. You will also use CANVAS to access course materials, session recordings and discussion forums.  

Commencing 16 September 2024. Further information can be found here: https://www.sunderland.ac.uk/study/medicine/pgcert-medical-education/    


Programme 7 – Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Education with Newcastle University (online) 

Through advancing your skills and knowledge you will enhance your contribution to educational practice. You will also extend your ability to contribute to medical education as a discipline. This course begins from 1st September 2024. By the end of the Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert), you will be able to:  

  1. Use theories and principles underpinning medical education to inform your own educational practice and the practice of others. 
  2. Relate educational issues in clinical practice to a wider educational context.  
  3. Critically appraise theory, ‘evidence’ and empirical data, as well as your own practice  
  4. Take a strategic approach to your own identified educational needs.  
  5. Plan to address these needs and plan appropriately to address those needs. 
  6. Design and deliver educational interventions.  
  7. Select the most appropriate educational strategies or methods for specified contexts.  

Further information can be found here: Medical Education MMedEd, PGDip, PGCert | Postgraduate (ncl.ac.uk)   

Programme 6 & Programme 7 Application Form 2024


Programme 8 – Postgraduate Certificate in Dental Education with Newcastle University 

Through advancing your skills and knowledge you will enhance your contribution to educational practice in dentistry through this 12-month programme delivered via a mix of online and in-person delivery. This postgraduate certificate aims to develop understanding of the principles and practice of teaching within dental settings. It will introduce the key learning theories related to dental training and facilitate the development of skills in the practice of dental clinical training. 

Programme 8 Application Form 2024

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If you require any further information or advice please contact us at england.educationsupport.ne@nhs.net

Leadership Learning

Here at NHSE Education 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 expectation that these leadership capabilities will be embedded in all curricula. A workshop to support trainers with the Generic Professional Capabilities can be booked on our FAST page.

NHSE ENE'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 leadership and management opportunities from introductory through to Masters level.

Note: for NHSE NE 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 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


Leadership Podcast

Dr Navina Evans CBE: leadership, learning and the NHS workforce | The King's Fund (kingsfund.org.uk)

Synopsis - How do you solve a problem like NHS workforce planning? Ruth Robertson speaks to Dr Navina Evans CBE about her leadership journey – from starting out as a psychiatrist, to becoming NHS England’s Chief Workforce and Training Education Officer – and the opportunities and challenges of the NHS Long Term Workforce Plan.





Essential tools for the job: why physicians need to improve medical leadership and management

Given the current workforce and financial issues facing the NHS, should physicians just concentrate on seeing as many patients as they can, as quickly as they can? Professor Namita Kumar says perhaps not.


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