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From Shajeda Ahmed, Programme Director

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.

Together We’re Better will run the programme, developed by the NHS Leadership Academy, as a national pilot. 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.

The two-year programme has been developed 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.

They 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.

More information about the High Potential Scheme is available on Together We’re Better’s website at www.twbstaffsandstoke.org.uk/HPS