Aspiring medical director programme


We have designed this programme with the NHS Leadership Academy to provide developmental support to those considered to have the potential to take on a medical director role.

About the programme

This is a fully funded leadership development programme for those aspiring to a medical director role in the near future.

This programme will enable you to tackle the broad range of challenges medical directors encounter including board level interactions, performance management of colleagues and dealing with the media. There will also be insights into the application process, the wider NHS landscape and system leadership. The 2019 programme will involve four sessions, each incorporating an action learning set and workshop, with content delivered by an experienced medical director or subject matter expert.

The programme will provide space for candidates to reflect on their leadership journey, their development needs and will seek to assist in their career development.

We expect, where possible, attendance at all four sessions to ensure the sustainability and integrity of the action learning sets are maintained and so that participants can gain maximum benefit from the programme.

There will be two cohorts, one for the North, Midlands and East (sessions held in Manchester or Birmingham) and the other for London and the South (sessions held in London). 

How to apply

Applications for the 2019 programme are now open. You will be required to submit the following:

  • a 400 word expression of interest detailing your leadership journey and intentions
  • a brief CV (2-3 pages)
  • a letter of endorsement from the current medical director of your organisation

The application process will close on Sunday 6 January 2019, unless all available places are filled before this time.


London/South North/Midlands and East
Thursday 14 March 2019 Thursday 28 March 2019
Thursday 16 May 2019 Thursday 30 May 2019
Thursday 11 July 2019 Thursday 25 July 2019
Thursday 24 October 2019 Thursday 31 October 2019

(Please note, these dates are subject to change due to speaker availability.)

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