Future Leaders Programme 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) Leadership Fellowship to help grow and develop their personal leadership skills. Some Leadership Fellow 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 2022-23 Future Leaders Programme will be published in the vacancies section below.

The next round of recruitment for Future Leaders will be for the August 2022 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 the August 2022 cohort. Recruitment is expected to follow the timeline below.

Bid applications open: 1 July 2021

Bid applications close: 4pm 20 August 2021

Bids shared with panel: 27 August 2021

Panel scores submitted: 24 September 2021

Bid review panel: 30 September 2021

Panel feedback by: 8 October 2021

Draft adverts sent to bidders: 15 October 2021

Applications open:  Monday 25 October 2021

Applications close: 4pm on Friday 12 November 2021

Shortlisting window: 15 to 26 November 2021

Interview window: 6 to 17 December 2021

Verbal offers made by: Wednesday 5 January 2022

Appointments confirmed by: Wednesday 12 January 2022

Applications for OOPE (for medical, dental and Public Health trainees only) submitted by: 28 January 2022

For those in substantive posts, please apply for a secondment as soon as possible, as backfill for your post may need to be arranged.

Successful applicants start in post: 3 August 2022

*Please note that these dates may be subject to change


The Future Leaders programme is open to:

  • Medical Specialty Trainee (ST3+ by programme start date) Nb. GP trainees may be ST2 at the time of application
  • Dental Specialty Trainee (StR by programme start date)
  • Public Health Registrars (ST3+ by programme start date)
  • Healthcare professionals (typically AfC band 6-7) working for an NHS employer within Yorkshire and the Humber, including:
    • Nurses
    • Allied Health Professionals
    • Pharmacists
    • Healthcare Scientists (e.g. Biomedical or Clinical Scientists) 
    • Biomedical Scientist / Healthcare Scientist
    • Specialty and Associate Specialist (SAS) Doctors

*GP trainees may be ST2 at the time of application.

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.


Doctors, public health registrars and dentists in training only

You must hold a Yorkshire and the Humber NTN and 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.


Right to Work - Tier 2

Doctors, Public Health Registrars and Dentists who have Tier 2 sponsorship by Health Education England 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. 


The vacancies for the 2022-23 Future Leaders Programme (for posts starting August 2022) will shortly be listed below. All vacancies will follow the recruitment timeline above. Please click the link in the post title for a description, Job Description and Person Specification.

 To apply for a vacancy:

  • Please email a fully completed Application Form 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.]
  • When submitting your application, please complete the online Diversity Monitoring Form. The form is anonymous and is not shared with host organisations. 

The diversity monitoring questions are optional. However, completing it helps us to ensure that the Future Leaders Programme is accessible to all. For information about how we use and protect your data, please see our privacy notice.


Vacancies for 2022-2023 to be published following the bidding process


Leadership Fellow for Health Education England Yorkshire and the Humber (HEE YH) Trainee Engagement

Post reference:FLP 2022 / Bid 00

Host organisation: Health Education England

Post location: Based at nearest HEE office (Leeds, Sheffield or Hull)

Eligible professional groups: Medical Specialty Trainees (ST3+), Dental Specialty Trainees (StR), Public Health Registrars (ST3+)

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 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 recruitment 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 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.

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 applications (Doctors, public health registrars and dentists in training 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 HEE 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 or Part-time workers

Less Than Full Time (LTFT) trainees or part-time workers are encouraged to apply for the Future Leaders Programme. Please contact the Future Leaders Support Team and 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.


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


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. The next bidding round will be for the August 2021 Future Leaders Programme.

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 induction. All Leadership Fellows will be invited to attend a programme induction organised by the Future Leaders support team.