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Organisational Development and Leadership programme - July 2019

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Update from Linda Holland, Programme Director

Following a great deal of work within the programme, I’m delighted to announce that the High Potential Scheme (HPS) pilot launched in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent on 29 July.

HPS is an innovative and exciting new NHS Leadership programme that offers bespoke career development to help high potential, aspiring mid-level leaders accelerate their career to senior health and care roles at a faster pace. 

The first of its kind for the NHS and not offered nationally until late 2020, HPS has been developed by the NHS Leadership Academy and will be tested in partnership with seven STPs and Integrated Care Systems – with Together We’re Better being the first to welcome applications for the scheme.

The scheme is open to all NHS-funded middle level leaders (Agenda for Change bands 8a-d, or equivalent in other pay structures, clinical or non-clinical), based within Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent. It offers two development streams and each relates to key career transitions identified for mid-level leaders progressing to senior roles. Applicants will need to select the stream they wish to apply for based on their current level of leadership experience.

The emphasis of the 24-month scheme is on gaining practical leadership experience in a range of roles and settings, alongside strategic experience through assignments and projects. With the help of a career coach, participants will design a bespoke development plan to help them gain the knowledge, skills and behaviours they need to become outstanding, compassionate and inclusive senior leaders across health and care.

Applications close on Sunday 8 September 2019. More information on HPS is available on Together We’re Better’s website at

Meanwhile, this month’s Health and Care Transformation Board welcomed three of our Stepping Up graduates to hear the positive impact of the programme. They shared some of their personal insights and experiences, including how the programme built confidence as Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) role models, and how it empowered them to want to do and be more than they thought they could. There was also the opportunity to start the discussion on what needs to be put in place to maintain the momentum and passion the programme engendered in participants, so that more of our BAME leaders can have the opportunity to progress their development and their careers.