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From Linda Holland, Programme Director

Applicants to the scheme High Potential Scheme have completed an assessment process over the last few months. The scheme’s open application process was a fresh approach and has enabled us to identify our first cohort of high potential candidates to progress into senior executive roles in the future.

In preparation for the assessment centres, 31 senior managers, representing all NHS Trusts within the STP, were trained in October 2019. Assessors either took on the role of interviewers or scenario players. The dedication showed by our assessor team demonstrated the benefits of collaborative working. To celebrate this spirit of collaboration, we will be hosting an event on 19 December 2019 for our assessors and steering group.

Overall, 40 candidates attended an assessment centre and completed an online potential diagnostic questionnaire. As of 9 December, we are delighted to confirm the first cohort of the High Potential Scheme. Full feedback on the process will be offered to all candidates in January 2020.  

The scheme will launch for these individuals on 28 January 2020 at our welcome event. This will be opened by Prerana Issar, NHS Chief People Officer.

The scheme’s unique development offer will provide participants with opportunities to develop whilst in the workplace via a range of bespoke placements. Participants will also benefit from the expertise of a careers coach, mentor and their organisational sponsor.