Accessibility Tools

  • Content scaling 100%
  • Font size 100%
  • Line height 100%
  • Letter spacing 100%

High Potential Scheme

Pin It


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.

The two-year programme has been developed by the NHS Leadership Academy to nurture the leadership talent that already exists within the workforce. It is aimed at staff who already have practical experience, excellent knowledge of staff and systems, and who understand that positive outcomes for the patient are the priority.

On 28 January Together We’re Better hosted a launch event for the High Potential Scheme. A total of 16 successful candidates were welcomed from across the Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent system, who were successful in their applications to take part in this innovative new programme.

The keynote speaker at the launch was Andrew Foster, Chair of Improving NHS Leadership Culture Workstream, Executive Lead for Leadership with NHSE/I and interim Managing Director of the NHS Leadership Academy.

Candidates will gain practical leadership experience in a range of roles and settings, alongside strategic experience through assignments and projects. They’ll also work with a career coach to design a bespoke development plan that supports them.

The scheme targets middle level clinical or non-clinical leaders with the potential and aspiration to progress into a senior executive role in health and care.

Watch the video here to see an overview of the launch event:

This short video provides an overview of the scheme:

Diversity and inclusion

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


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