Join the Programme


The Healthcare Leadership Academy is delighted to announce that the annual application period for our landmark scholars programme is now open. In this, our third year of running the course, we are proud to announce we are offering even more places to outstanding applicants across the medical, nursing and allied health professions. This year the course is formally sponsored and supported by the Medical Defence Union. It is also an Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) approved course, permitting those who complete it eligibility to apply to become ILM fellows and gain post nominals.
With sincere gratitude to Professor Namita Kumar and her team at Health Education England North East (HEE NE), The HLA is organising two cohorts of scholars starting in July 2018. There will be a cohort of approximately 17 scholars based in London and a further cohort of up to 20 scholars based in Newcastle. Both programmes will be open to applications from medical, nursing and allied health professional students, as well as doctors prior to commencing core/specialty training and professionals on the NMC or HCPC registers within two years of qualification. HEE NE have specifically sponsored 5 scholarships for doctors in the Foundation Programme and a further 5 scholarships available for doctors in CT1/ST1 or CT2/ST2 of a HEE NE training programme. The programme will last twelve months with 9 mandatory contact days in each programme. While transport and accommodation won’t be funded, all the costs of the course will be covered. Scholars will be expected to develop a project over the course of their year. Previous projects have reached national prominence, winning prizes, publications and presentations at national events including at the House of Lords. Participants will also have opportunities to be introduced to key leaders and individuals that will help challenge their thinking and support them in the development of their projects.

How to apply

If you would like to apply, please first review the person specification here. If you feel you meet the person specification, the application process involves:
– an essay, no longer than one side of A4, outlining how you meet the person specification and what you hope to get out of being a participant on the programme
– a video log introducing yourself and describing your leadership experience (please see submission details below)*
– the submission confirmation form which can be found here. This must be completed and submitted after you have emailed your essay and transfered your video log via
As part of the programme, you will be expected to undertake public speaking tasks and produce video reports of your work. You therefore will need to be comfortable in front of the camera and be able to present yourself well. You can film the video on your smartphone, but please make sure the sound quality is good enough to understand what you’re saying. Please submit the video via to
The deadline for applications is 5pm on Friday 18th May 2018**
Interviews will be undertaken in the week beginning Tuesday 28th May 2018 (after the bank holiday) and will primarily be undertaken via video conferencing software. You will need to be available for interview during this week.
Please review the dates for the two programmes at the following links.
Please be aware that attendance at all the sessions is mandatory. If these dates fall around scholars’ exam schedules, an account will be taken of this, but this must be discussed at the interview.

If 100% attendance is not achieved, the scholar is likely to be withdrawn from the programme.


29th April 2018:

1. *Videos should not be more than 90 seconds long

2. **Please note correct date