Health and Care Leaders Scheme

The Health and Care Leaders Scheme (HCLS) was formally launched in 2015 and is jointly funded and co-produced by the Department of Health and its 14 Arm’s Length Bodies (ALBs).


Hosted by the NHS Leadership Academy as part of Health Education England, the aims of the scheme are to:

  • Work together to identify, develop and deploy future system leaders, able to lead effectively across organisational boundaries at a national level and drive the required changes to the way health and care is delivered
  • Maximise our collective resource pool through a common and shared approach to talent management for high potential individuals who see their career path in health and care at a national level
  • Develop national system leadership capacity and capability through flexible and practical development interventions that address both local and shared needs
  • Ensure diverse talent pipelines through the adoption of a diverse and inclusive approach
  • Help make our organisations a magnet for talent where great leadership is encouraged, developed and practiced

There are currently two programmes within HCLS:

  • 2025 Leaders – for aspiring Chief Executives in the ALBs and Director Generals in the Department of Health. It is also for those who aspire to a more senior Executive Director position
  • Aspiring Director programme – for those who aspire to be a Director or Executive Director

Benefits

For the individual:

On completion of the programme, participants will be able to demonstrate:

  • Application of national systems leadership to set direction, enable effective delivery and encourage continual improvement across the health and care system
  • Improve your ability to connect and engage effectively with key stakeholders across the health and care system and beyond in order to build strong and willing coalitions committed to jointly driving complex programmes of work
  • Readiness to operate effectively at a higher level
  • An opportunity for you to improve in your current role and look at new ways of working across the wider health and care system to improve outcomes for patients and the public.

For the organisation:

  • Enables us to work together to identify, develop and deploy future system leaders who can lead effectively across organisational boundaries at a national level and drive the required changes to the way health and care is delivered
  • Maximises our collective resource pool through a common and shared approach to talent management for high potential individuals who see their career path in health and care at a national level
  • Develops national system leadership capacity and capability through flexible and practical development interventions that address both local and shared needs
  • Ensures diverse talent pipelines through the adoption of a diverse and inclusive approach
  • Helps to make talent management central to our organisations where great leadership is encouraged, developed and practiced.