Future Leaders Programme
2020 Recruitment

The Future Leaders Programme offers opportunities for Health Education England Yorkshire and the Humber medical and dental trainees to do a one year “out of programme experience” (OOPE) Clinical Leadership Fellowship to help grow and develop their personal leadership skills. Some Clinical Leadership Fellow vacancies are open to nurses and other healthcare professionals. Vacancies for the 2020-21 Future Leaders Programme will be posted on this page. 

The next round of recruitment for Future Leaders will be for August 2020 cohort. Please see the timeline below for more details.

For further information about the Future Leaders Programme, please visit the Future Leaders website.

Recruitment Timeline

The next round of recruitment for Future Leaders will be for August 2020 cohort. Recruitment will follow the timeline below.

Applications open:  Monday 28 October 2019

Applications close: 4pm on Friday 15 November 2019 

Shortlisting window: Monday 18 to Friday 29 November 2019

Interview window: Monday 9 to Friday 20 December 2019 

Verbal offers made by: Wednesday 8 January 2020 

Appointments confirmed by: Wednesday 15 January 2020

Applications for OOPE submitted by: Friday 31 January 2020 

Successful applicants start in post: August 2020 


The Future Leaders programme is open to:

  • Medical Specialty Trainee (ST3+ by programme start date*)
  • Dental Specialty Trainee (StR by programme start date)
  • Public Health Registrars (ST3+ by programme start date)

*This includes GP trainees who are ST2 at the time of application.

And other healthcare professionals (typically AfC band 6-7) working for an NHS employer within Yorkshire and the Humber, including:

  • Specialty and Associate Specialist (SAS) Doctors
  • Nurses
  • Pharmacists
  • Biomedical Scientist / Healthcare Scientist
  • Allied Health Professionals

Individual Future Leaders posts may set specific eligibility criteria. The prospective staff groups and specific requirements for each post are outlined in the relevant Person Specification in the vacancy listings. Applicants should check their eligibility against these requirements and the person specification before applying.

Trainee doctors, dentists and public health registrars must hold a Yorkshire and the Humber NTN and have a satisfactory ARCP outcome by the programme start date. 

All other applicants must currently be in a substantive healthcare role working for an NHS employer, and not in a senior leadership position. Healthcare professionals currently in a locum position or working through an agency, are not eligible.

All applicants must be registered and in good standing with the appropriate professional body.

In order to ensure as many healthcare professionals as possible have an opportunity to benefit from the programme, current or previous Leadership Fellows are not eligible to apply.

Right to Work - Tier 2
Current medical and dental trainees in England requiring a Tier 2 visa are eligible to apply. All other applicants requiring a Tier 2 visa, are only eligible to apply if their current sponsor is willing to continue their sponsorship for the duration of the programme. 

Vacancy Listing

Vacancies for the 2020-21 Future Leaders Programme (for posts starting August 2020) will be posted here. All vacancies will follow the recruitment timeline above. Please click the link in the post title for a vacancy description, Job Description and Person Specification. The Application Form is also linked in the vacancy description. 

To apply for a vacancy, please download and complete the Application Form and email it along with your CV to the Lead Contact given in the vacancy description. Please ensure you include the post reference on your Application Form and in the subject line of your email.

Shortlisting and Interviews

Shortlisting and interviews are coordinated by the Lead Contact for each vacancy with guidance from the Future Leaders recruitment team. The interview window is given in the timeline above. Specific interview dates for each vacancy are included in the descriptions in the Vacancy Listings. Interview venues will vary depending on the vacancy, and the specific interview venue will be given in the interview invitation.

Applicants invited to interview will be required to bring photographic ID (normally a Passport or Drivers Licence) when they attend. Any other documents you will need to bring with you, will be included in the interview invitation.

Offers and Appointment

Following interview, feedback and verbal offers will be made by the Lead Contact. The Lead Contact will also notify the Future Leaders recruitment team about the sucessful applicant. The successful applicant will then be sent a formal appointment letter by the recruitment team. The appointment letter will confirm details about the Future Leaders Programme, the post, and your employment.

After accepting an offer for the Future Leaders Programme, Medical and Dental trainees will need to apply for approval for a period Out Of Programme (OOP).

Employment arrangements

Future Leaders vacancies are funded by Health Education England. However, Leadership Fellows are not employed by Health Education England and the employer will vary depending on the vacancy and the staff group of the successful applicant. The employer may be distinct from the host organisation or be based in a different location from the past.

Medical and dental trainees will be employed by the nominated employer for the vacancy. This includes doctors currently undertaking a Public Health training programme. Terms and conditions are similar to an existing trainees terms and conditions.

All other applicants will be appointed on a secondment basis. As such they will continue to be employed by their current organisation for the duration of the Future Leadership Programme. Any secondment must be agreed by the current employer. Applicants should therefore discuss the opportunity with their organisation at the time of application. If you have any questions about secondment arrangements please email: futureleadersrec.yh@hee.nhs.uk.

Any questons regarding NHS service and contract arrangements should be directed to the nominated employer or current employer. Employment arrangements and contacts will be confirmed on appointment. 

OOPE applications (Medical and Dental trainees only)

Medical and Dental trainees who are offered a Future Leaders post, will need to apply to their Training Programme Director for approval for a period Out Of Programme - Experience (OOPE). As the programme is an OOPE opportunity, it does not count towards CCT.

OOP applications must be submitted 6 months prior to the OOP start date. To avoid delays, candidates should apply promptly after appointment to the Future Leaders Programme. Please see the Training Guidance webpage for information about the OOP approval process. 

Trainees should discuss OOP opportunities with their TPD before applying. 

Academic trainees are generally not able to undertake OOPE, but this is at the discretion of the LTB and the NIHR TCC. Academic trainees should consult the NIHR TCC website and discuss the opportunity with their Academic Supervisor before applying.


Additional Information

For further information about the Future Leaders Programme, please visit the Future Leaders website.

Less Than Full Time
Less Than Full Time (LTFT) trainees are encouraged to apply for the Future Leaders Programme. LTFT trainees should contact the Future Leaders Support Team and the lead contact for the vacancy to discss whether the post would lend itself to less than full time working. Some posts may be more suitable than others. 

LTFT trainees should be aware that the Leadership year is a very busy and full one and includes the additional demands of a Postgraduate Certificate.  While, an extensions may be possible on a case by case basis, all leadership posts are funded for 12 months only, irrespective of the post holders' working pattern.

Locum work
Leadership Fellows are not permitted to undertake any other form of employment during their normal working hours. Normal working hours should be clarified at the outset of the programme with your Educational Supervisor. Fellows may wish to undertake locum work in order to maintain their clinical skills.

Locum work is permitted as long as it is undertaken in your own time, i.e. during evenings, weekends or annual leave. Locum work must not interfere with your leadership role. Fellows must declare all locum work on their Form R. For more information please see the Future Leaders website.

Hosting a Leadership Fellow

Specialty schools and Local Education Providers are able to bid to host a Leadership Fellow. Organisations wishing to host a Leadership Fellow will need to submit a bid application and actively participate in recruitment. Future Leaders posts are funded for 12 months only. Any organisations which have previously hosted a Leadership Fellow, will need to submit a new bid if they wish to host another Fellow. 

The bid process takes place once a year. Please see the 2020 FLP Timeline for details of the next round of bidding and recruitment. 

Bids may be either funded 100% by Health Education England, or funded 50% by Health Education England and 50% by an LEP/another organisation. School bids are 100% funded by Health Education England. Fellows in 100% funded posts are expected to undertake work across the Yorkshire and the Humber region, or undertake work that will be disseminated across this geography.

Bids from other organisations are funded 50% by Health Education England and 50% by the LEP/organisation. Fellows in these posts can undertake work specific to that LEP, although LEPs are encouraged to share learning across the region where appropriate.

Recruitment Arrangements
The Future Leaders recruitment team will advertise all posts on this website and co-ordinate the recruitment process. Bidders are responsible for promoting their posts within their school/organisation or wider. The strongest field of applicants tends to be generated when bidders promote their posts widely through presentations at training days and educational events. Bidders are also responsible for shortlisting and interviewing applicants.

In their bid application organisations will be asked to identify an Educational Supervisor to support the Leadership Fellow. Once an applicant is appointed, the Educational Supervisor should contact the new Leadership Fellow to confirm the start date and base location, and to organise a project specific inducation. All Leadership Fellows will be invited to attend a programme induction organised by the Future Leaders support team.