High Potential Scheme

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The NHS High Potential Scheme (HPS) is a new, innovative, fully funded, 24-month career development scheme to help high potential, aspiring middle level clinical or non-clinical leaders accelerate their career to senior executive roles at a faster pace.

It has been developed by the NHS Leadership Academy and currently in a pilot phase with co-design, development, and introduction taking place in partnership with seven Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships (STP) and Integrated Care Systems (ICS) areas across England.

Each partner aims to recruit 20 HPS participants from their local footprint and Together We’re Better is recruiting the first HPS participants starting from January 2020.


This short video provides an overview of the scheme:


The target audience for the scheme is middle level clinical or non-clinical leaders with the potential and interest to progress into a senior executive role in health and care. With the help of a career coach and career mentor the scheme offers participants the opportunity to shape a two-year programme, focused on gaining practical leadership experience in a range of roles and settings, and strategic experience through assignments and projects.

Throughout the scheme participants will develop the knowledge, skills and behaviours needed to become an outstanding, compassionate and inclusive senior leader across health and care.

NHS High Potential Scheme eFlyerDiversity and inclusion

Diversity and inclusion are at the heart of HPS - reflecting the richness and diversity of the NHS workforce.

How to apply

Applications are now closed. For this cohort we are hoping to run further cohorts in the future.


To find out more about the High Potential Scheme please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 0300 123 1535 ext 2656 or 2774.