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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 expectation 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.


Leadership Opportunities

We offer a selection of learning opportunities including formal programmes, short courses, fellowships, international travel as well as a range of links and resources.  If you require any further information or advice please contact us at educationsupport.ne@hee.nhs.uk


Our course 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 HEE E-Learning and videos please register with e-LfH

Level 4: Elizabeth Garret Anderson Programme - NELA

Level 3: ILM5 Leadership and Management - Coming soon (March 2019) 

Level 2: HLA Leadership Programme - HLA

Level 2: Mary Seacole Programme - NELA

Level 2: Leadership and Management Programme for Trainees - 13/03/19 until 15/03/19  

Level 2: Leadership in Practice -  Having Difficult Conversations - 12/02/19

Level 1: Leadership for Clinicians - 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



Each year, we recruit Leadership and Management Fellows to work, for one year, with the Dean and other senior managers.  It's an exceptional opportunity giving direct leadership experience and scope to develop your skills whilst building a platform for your future leadership career. 

We are currently recruiting for our August 2019 clinical fellows.  Applications must be made online via the Oriel application system by 10am (UK time) on Friday 14 December 2018. To apply, please visit www.oriel.nhs.uk or click Job Details


International Visits:

In partnership with Northumbria Trust we provide a one week opportunity to travel, as a group, to Tanzania and deliver undergraduate teaching through the local university.  The visit occurs in November and recruitment for 2019 will take place in Summer 2019.  For information on all international opportunities please see International Opportunities. 


2019-2020 applications now open!

This internationally recognised programme is accredited by the Institute of Leadership and Management at ILM Level 7.  It is aimed at doctors in training who already have some leadership experience and offers both the tools and a community of support to maximise leadership potential. 

Successful applicants win a scholarship and therefore the course costs are paid.  Scholars simply fund their travel and any accommodation.  100% attendnace is essentail.  

Programme details and eligibility



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.