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New national scheme to develop healthcare leaders of the future will pilot in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent

A new national scheme that seeks to develop the next generation of leaders in the NHS is being piloted across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent.

Together We’re Better, the health and care partnership for Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent, has been chosen by NHS Leadership Academy to spearhead the new "High Potential Scheme" to develop future healthcare leaders.

The two-year programme, which launches today, is the first of its kind for the NHS and Together We’re Better is welcoming applications from existing and aspiring leaders.

Linda Holland, Director of Workforce, Organisational Development and Inclusion at North Staffs Combined Healthcare NHS Trust and Programme Director for the STP Organisational Development and System Leadership Programme, commented:

“We’re excited to be the pilot area for the new High Potential Scheme, which will help nurture the leadership talent that already exists within our workforce. Health and care across the country faces many challenges and the need to be innovative, work more efficiently and maintain a high quality of service for patients has never been greater. To meet those challenges, we need leaders who have practical experience, excellent knowledge of our staff and systems, and who understand that positive outcomes for the patient are the priority.

“Recruits to the scheme 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 to achieve the knowledge, skills and behaviours they need to become outstanding, compassionate and inclusive senior leaders across health and care.”

Simon Whitehouse, Director of Together We’re Better (STP), commented:

“I’m delighted that we have been chosen by the NHS Leadership Academy as their first partner from all the STP’s across the country for the launch of this important new programme. We all know that the workforce challenge across health and care is one of the biggest that we collectively face. It is exciting to be a partner in this and is a great opportunity for our local leaders to be able to access development and support to enable them to lead even more effectively and to further improve the local health and care system. I would encourage colleagues from across the system to consider this as part of their development.”

More information about the High Potential Scheme, including how to apply is available on Together We’re Better’s website at The closing date for applications is 8 September 2019.