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Yorkshire and Humber

Future Leaders Recruitment

The Future Leaders Programme offers opportunties for NHS England Yorkshire and the Humber medical and dental trainees to undertake a one year Out of Programme Experience (OOPE) Leadership Fellowship to help grow and develop their personal leadership skills. Some vacancies are open to other healthcare professionals, such as nurses, allied health professionals, pharmacists, health care scientists, and SAS doctors and dentists.

Vacancies for the 2025 Future Leaders Programme will be published in the vacancies section below following the bids process.

The next round of recruitment for Future Leaders will be for the August 2025 cohort. Please see the timeline below for more details.  

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

2025-2026 Call for Bids

The bid application window for the 2025-26 cohort opens on Monday 1st July and closes at 4pm on Wednesday 21st August 2024. Please refer to the timeline for further details. 


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 Leader Fellowships 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 and all fellows commence on the first Wedensday of August. 

Bids may be either funded 100% by NHS England, or funded 50% by NHS England and 50% by an LEP / another organisation. School bids are 100% funded by NHS 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 NHS 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 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 induction. All Leadership Fellows will be invited to attend a programme induction organised by the Future Leaders support team.

Applying to the Future Leaders Programme

We are delighted to hear you are interested in leadership.

To support you as you prepare for interview, you may find the following helpful:

  1. Read the HEE application guidance - this gives some useful advice on how to present yourself at interview.
  2. Prepare some interview ‘stories’ about your experience, skills and attitude, which you can use as examples in response to interview questions.  Remember these are not ‘stories’ in that they are fictional, they are ‘stories’ because they are engaging narratives describing your experience.  The ‘STAR’ approach (Situation, Task, Action, Result) is one framework you might use for structuring your responses. 
  3. If you do not already have a coach, you may wish to arrange some sessions through the NHSE coaching offer prior to any interviews to help with this preparation. 
  4. Please look out for our FLP recruitment open evening which will be held in the Autumn.  The date, once confirmed, will be updated on this webpage. The event will also be publicised via NHSE's social media channels.


The Future Leaders programme is open to:

  • Medical Specialty Trainee (ST3/CT3/GPST2+ by programme start date)
  • Dental Specialty Trainee (StR by programme start date)
  • Public Health Registrars (ST3+ by programme start date)
  • Other Professional groups including: 
    • Nurses
    • Allied Health Professionals
    • Pharmacists
    • Healthcare Scientists (e.g. Biomedical or Clinical Scientists) 
    • Biomedical Scientist / Healthcare Scientist (including medical photographers)
    • Specialty and Associate Specialist (SAS) Doctors

Doctors, public health registrars and dentists in training only

  • Medical Specialty Trainee (ST3/CT3/GPST2+ by programme start date)
  • Dental Specialty Trainee (StR by programme start date)
  • Public Health Registrars (ST3+ by programme start date)
  • You must hold a Yorkshire and the Humber NTN
  • Have a satisfactory ARCP outcome by the programme start date

All other applicants 

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

  • Educated to degree level
  • Should be an Agenda for Change band 6 or 7 role
  • A minimum 3 years’ experience in the role
  • Working for an NHS employer in Yokrhsire and the Humber

Physician Associates

Physician Associates who are on the Physician Associate Managed Voluntary Register (PAMVR) within the Faculty of Physician Associates (RCP), are eligible to apply. You should be up to date with the revalidation examination process and undertake annual appraisal.


Can I apply if I am employed at Band 8a?

Providing you do not have significant leadership experience (i.e your current role is primarily clinical), yes. 8b-d are not eligible.

Individual Future Leader posts may specify additional criteria. The prospective staff groups and specific requirements for each post are outlined in the relevant Person Specification in the vacancies section. Applicants should check their eligibility against these requirements and the person specification before applying.

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 / Skilled Worker Visa

Doctors, Public Health Registrars and Dentists who are sponsored for visa purposes by NHS England (formerley Health Education England) are eligible to apply. If you have any questions regarding your sponsorship please contact our team via

All other applicants requiring sponsorship are only eligible to apply if their current sponsor is willing to continue their sponsorship for the duration of the future leaders programme. 

Recruitment Timeline

Recruitment timeline for bids Leadership posts commencing August 2025:

Bid Applications open Monday 1 July 2024
Bid Applications close 17:00 on Wednesday 21 August 2024
Bids shared with panel Friday 30 August 2024
Panel scores submitted Wednesday 25 September 2024
Bid review panel Wednesday 16 October 2024
Review panel feedback sent by Wednesday 23 October 2024
Draft adverts shared with bidders Wednesday 30 October 2024
Applications open 10:00 on Monday 4 November 2024
Applications close 16:00 on Wednesday 27 November 2024
Shortlisting window 28 November to 6 December 2024
Interview window 16 December 2024 to 6 January 2025
Verbal offers made by Wednesday 8 January 2025
Appointments confirmed by Wednesday 15 January 2025
OOPE applications made by Monday 4 February 2025
Successful applicants start in post Wednesday 6 August 2025













All vacancies will follow the recruitment timeline above.

 To apply for a vacancy:

  • Please email a fully completed application form (Word or PDF) and your CV to the Application Contact given in the vacancy description. Please ensure you include the post reference on your application and in the subject line of your email. [Please save the form before starting to complete it.]

All vacancies starting 6th August 20254 will be available to view from 10am on Monday 4th November. Click the link to see the Job Description and Person Specification for each.

Please note that the closing date for applications is strictly Wednesday 27th November at 4pm. 

Shortlisting and Interviews

Shortlisting and interviews are coordinated by the Lead Contact for each vacancy with guidance from the Future Leaders team. The interview window is given in the timeline above. Specific interview dates for each vacancy are included in the descriptions in the vacancies section. 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 team about the successful 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.

Doctors, public health registrars and dentists in training only:

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

Employment Arrangements

Future Leaders vacancies are funded by NHS England. However, Leadership Fellows are not employed by NHS 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.

Any questions 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.

Doctors, public health registrars and dentists in training only:

You 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 in substantive posts

You will be appointed on a secondment basis. As such you will continue to be employed by your current organisation for the duration of the Future Leadership Programme. Any secondment must be agreed by your current employer. Applicants should therefore consider discussing the opportunity with their organisation at the time of application.

OOPE Application (doctors, dentitsts and public health registrars only)

Doctors, public health registrars and dentists in training 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 / CCST.

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

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

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I apply if I work Less Than Full Time (LTFT)?

Working LTFT should not be a barrier to applying for the FLP. Irrespective of the fellows working pattern the programme is fixed-term appointment for 12 months. It may be possible for you to make adjustments to the job role to allow for reduced working hours and ensuring the demands are more manageable.

We are keen to make the programme available to a broad range of staff that is reflective of different peoples working patterns. Please contact the Lead Contact for the vacancy to discuss whether the post would lend itself to LTFT / part-time working. Some posts may be more suitable than others. 

Please be aware that the Leadership year is a very busy and full one and includes the additional demands of a Postgraduate Certificate.  While, an extension 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.


Can I apply for a post at a different NHS organisation? 

If you are in a substantive NHS post, you will need to ensure your current employer is happy to release you on a secondment. What is a substantive post? A permanent contract of employment within an NHS organisation.

If you are a doctor or dentist in training, you can also apply for a post at a different trust but you will need to apply for an OOPE (out of programme experience).


Can I apply for a post that is outside my speciality?

Yes, you can. All projects will provide the opportunity to develop transferrable leadership skills.


My clinical training rotation does not coincide with the start of the FLP, can I start the FLP later/earlier?

Unfortunately, the start date for the FLP cannot be flexed to fit with programme rotation dates. We feel that it is important that all FLPs start at once to create a cohesive and supportive cohort.


Can I undertake locum or bank work

Fellows must be mindful of the fact that they are employed to undertake a Fellowship and that is their primary responsibility.  Normal hours of work should be clarified at the outset of the year with the Fellow’s Educational Supervisor.

It is not permissible to undertake any other form of employment during normal hours of work.  Undertaking additional / alternative employment during normal work hours of a Fellowship is fraudulent behaviour and Fellows doing so may be subject to disciplinary procedures by their employer, NHS England and their professional regulator.

Some Fellows express concern at spending a year away from clinical work and may wish to take steps to mitigate this concern and maintain their skills, e.g. through locum or bank work. Locum or bank work is permitted as long as it is undertaken in a Fellow's own time, i.e. during evenings, weekends or annual leave. Locum or bank work must not interfere with a Fellows’ ability to carry out their Fellowship role.

All Educational Supervisors and Fellows need to sign the locum/bank work agreement form by the end of August.

All Fellows must declare any clinical work undertaken at the end of their Fellowship year.  

Doctors, public health registrars and dentists in training only:

Fellows must declare all locums undertaken on their Form R, as this is the formal record of their whole scope of practice.


What will I be paid whilst undertaking my fellowship?

NHSE's contribution will be based upon your base line salary of your substantive role (ST grade or AfC banding).


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

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