Key information

How much does the programme cost?

2025 Leaders

The cost to organisations per participant for the core, essential elements of the programme will be up to £10,979.18 + VAT per person, based on 20 participants. The cost will increase if there are less participants.

Cohort size: £ excluding VAT
10 16,753.30
12 14,828.59
15 12,903.88
18 11,620.75
20 10,979.18

We aim to have 75% of participants who currently work at a national level with 25% of places from the wider health and social care sectors.

The fees will be payable in full directly to The Leadership Centre as providers of the programme.

For under-represented groups, the NHS Leadership Academy may be able to provide some funding support to applicants with certain protected characteristics. If you wish to discuss this further, please contact John Joyce, Programme Manager via John.Joyce@leadershipacademy.nhs.uk or by telephone on 07825 281392.

What are the programme dates?

Please note applications for 2025 Leaders will be conditional on you being able to attend all the residential workshops and modules

Recruitment and selection dates:

  • Applications open      3 June 2019
  • Applications close      12 July 2019
  • Application sifting (by HCLS Steering Group)      22 July 2019
  • Final selection decision (by HCLS Senior Talent Board) 31 July 2019

There is no formal assessment centre for this programme.

Your application will be assessed against the HCLS 2025 Summary Indicators of Potential Criteria initially by the HCLS Steering Group (made up of the HCLS Programme Team plus ALB HR Directors and Talent Leads).

The final decision will be made by the HCLS Senior Talent Board (made up of the ALB CEOs and/or their nominees) on 31 July. If you work outside of the DHSC or one of the 14 national ALBs, your Chief Executive or a suitable senior representative will be invited to support your application.

Programme dates:

Induction and readiness interviews: 1 August to 31 August 2019

Residential workshops

  • Co design event (24 hours): Monday 16 (10.00am) to Tuesday 17 (10.00am) September 2019
  • Module 1 (24 hours): Monday 14 (4.00pm) to Tuesday 15 (4.00pm) October 2019
  • Module 2 Denmark visit (5 days): 11 to 15 November 2019
  • Module 3 (4 days): Sunday 9 (5.00pm) 2020 to Thursday 14 (1.30pm) February 2020
  • Module 4 (24 hours): Monday 23 (4.00pm) to Tuesday 24 (4.00pm) March 2020

How to apply for 2025 Leaders?

Before you apply

An integral element of the talent management process is the discussion that takes place between you and your line manager about your potential, career aspirations and the key development actions that will help you progress.

Therefore, before submitting an application you must set aside some time with your CEO (or absence of a chief executive, the chair or accountable officer of the employing organisation) or Executive level line manager to discuss your aspirations and how the development programme might fit with these, the challenges you are currently facing and the outcomes, both personally, organisationally, and what you would wish to derive from your participation in the programme.

To help you get the most from this conversation:

  • Please refer to the HCLS 2025 Talent Grid. As part of your application your CEO/line manager will need to fill in a supporting form which states where you are on this talent grid. You must be considered either “excellent” (top middle box), “high potential” (top left box), “strong” (middle right box) and “good” (middle box) to qualify.
  • Applications will need to demonstrate evidence to support your 9-box grid rating with specific reference to the indicators of potential – aspiration; engagement; ability. Please refer to the full outline of the indicators of potential to see how this fits in with the talent grid. Please ask your CEO to fill in this supporting form during or after your conversation.
  • Your full application with be sifted against the indicators of potential using this summary indicators of potential criteria.

If you have questions or wish to find out more about the programme, the application and selection process, please contact John Joyce, HCLS Programme Manager by e-mail on John.Joyce@leadershipacademy.nhs.uk or by telephone on 07825 281392

Additionally, if you would like to have a chat about the programme and whether it is right for you, you can contact Joe Simpson, the Director of The Leadership Centre who deliver 2025 Leaders on our behalf. You can e-mail Joe on Joe.Simpson@leadershipcentre.org.uk

How to apply

Please note applications for 2025 Leaders will be conditional on you being able to attend all the residential workshops and modules  

Applications will open on Monday 3 June and close on Friday 12 July 2019. All applications will be acknowledged. 

As part of the application process, you will be required to fill in and upload the following documents – all these documents must be submitted in order to be considered:

  • A full CV which details your education and professional qualifications and full employment history. Please ensure this includes daytime and evening contact details, which will be used with discretion.
  • A supporting statement (of no more than 2 sides of A4) outlining why you wish to become an ALB chief executive, Director General in Department of Health and Social Care or an Executive Director in the next three years. The experience, knowledge, skills, personal qualities and behaviours that will enable you to become a successful participant and what you hope to get out of this programme. Please refer to the HCLS 2025 Summary Indicators of Potential Criteria for guidance.
  • Supporting information including a signed declaration plus your rating on the talent grid from your CEO/line manager. All applications will require the support of your CEO (or in the absence of a Chief Executive, the Chair or Accountable Officer of your employing organisation), or Executive level line manager. Your Chief Executive will need to confirm that they fully support you to take part and agree to pay the cost and make the necessary work-place arrangements for you to attend all the face-to-face elements and agree any study leave you need to complete the programme.

If you would like to apply for the programme but are unsure if you will be able to secure internal support please contact John Joyce, HCLS Programme Manager on John.Joyce@leadershipacademy.nhs.uk or by telephone on 07825 281392.

For under-represented groups the NHS Leadership Academy may be able to provide some funding support to applicants with certain protected characteristics. If you wish to discuss this further this further, please contact John Joyce on the details above.

What do others say about the programme?

Please download our participant profile document where our alumni have shared their experience of the 2025 Leaders programme and how that learning has been applied back in their workplaces.

Frequently Asked Questions

Please read the our FAQs if you have any further questions please contact John Joyce, HCLS Programme Manager, John.Joyce@leadershipacademy.nhs.uk