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Academy to play pivotal role in exciting developments in NHS leadership

Posted by: James Marcus - Posted on:

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The Secretary of State made a speech this morning (30 November) at the NHS Providers conference. He announced the following leadership developments, which the NHS Leadership Academy will play a pivotal role in delivering:





Our multi-award winning GMTS provides mentoring, support and training to graduates who want to develop their career within the health service. In Lord Rose’s review last year he recommended that places for GMTS should be increased.


Currently, the GMTS recruits every October, taking between 110-130 talented graduate trainees and giving them a chance to train in their chosen area from finance, general management, health informatics, policy and strategy and human resources management. The number of places will be increased to 200 by September 2018 and following this (subject to funding) to 1,000 places per year.


The scheme is heavily oversubscribed with the latest recruitment drive attracting more than 16,000 expressions of interest in less than two months.


New Executive Fast track programme


The Senior Strategic Leaders programme is currently led and managed by HEE. The Academy is currently reviewing the learning outcomes and objectives for the programme and will design and deliver a new Executive Fast Track programme in partnership with commissioned providers to launch in September 2017.


This new version will:


  • Identify and develop 30 clinical leaders from across the health sector
  • Provide support to fast track these clinicians into executive and chief executive roles


Work is continuing on the development of this programme with more information to follow in due course.


NHS MBA for senior professionals


The NHS Leadership Academy will be working in partnership with Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) to add a clear health specification to their programmes. This will result in HEIs receiving an Academy ‘Kite mark’ and health professionals being accredited with an MBA.


Work is at a very early stage with this offer. The Academy will work on this from December until January/February 2017 with health and care stakeholders.


Read the Secretary of State’s full speech here.

7 replies on “Academy to play pivotal role in exciting developments in NHS leadership”

  • I am currently working within the NHS and have applied to go to Plymouth university in September 2017. I am hoping to be accepted for pediatric nursing. This apprenticeship scheme is exactly what I’m looking for, I wondered if there were still places to apply?

    Cassie Fraser
    • Hello Cassie,

      The NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme is open for one more day. You can visit their website here for more information, and to see if the Scheme is right for you.

      Many thanks,

      James Marcus
  • These are fantastic initiatives and long overdue!
    When will more information be released about the Executive Fast Track Programme and NHS MBA? Would be interested in knowing more about both.
    Dr Gupta, GP

  • Would be really interested to hear more about the NHS MBA – have been checking this page regularly but can’t seem to find any updated information on applications or projected timescales? Any more information would be greatly appreciated.

    • Hello Michael,

      The NHS is on track to offer it’s first accredited MBA this Autumn. Currently leading business schools are being asked to register here and submit their expressions of interest to undertake the NHS endorsement. They will go through a rigorous selection process in July. The successful business Schools will demonstrate excellence against a range of criteria that are important to the NHS and will have closer working relationships with the service to ensure learning is put into practice. The successful Business Schools will be announced in late July/ early August.

      Many thanks,

      James Marcus
  • Is the NHS MBA open for application in 2018? Who is eligible to apply?

    Timi Soroh
    • HI Timi
      The NHS MBAs are open all year as many have multiple access points across the academic year. You need to apply directly to your preferred university and gain a place directly through them. As all of the universities are accredited by AMBA [the Association of MBAs] they have particular criteria around eligibility, the key one being that the applicant is working in a management position and has been for their stipulated time which I understand to be 2-3 years. The university will be able to talk with you about the application process and criteria if you contact them directly

      Clare Price-Dowd

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