Applications are now open for The Fellowship: High Potential 2 Programme and the application window has been extended.
The programme will start on 5 July 2021 and the closing date for applications is 7 May 2021 - see the step-by-step instructions at the bottom of this page. The Fellowship Programme was formally known as The BAME Fellowship.
The High Potential 2 development programme is aimed at those looking to move into a system senior leader role that requires accredited qualification with leadership experience. The programme will enable you to connect across service areas / functions to deliver successful outcomes for patients, sectors, communities or staff.
This two-year accredited development programme is split into five specific development areas as follows:
- In the first 12-month programme, you'll spend two days a week on a system project which will be either at your current organisation, at system place or working with one of our programme directors here at the Partnership (as agreed by your organisation).
- ILM Level 7 Award in Leadership and Management
- Development modules
- Shadow Board Programme
- For the second 12 months, you'll be in placement gaining practical senior experience
There are seven senior development modules that will be delivered across the programme which includes three modules from the Shadow Board Foundation Programme.
Module two is the accredited ILM Leadership and Management Level 7 Award which comprises of 6 module development sessions.
Delegates will also benefit from peer coaching, personal coach and mentor.
A closer look at system leadership across our Partnership, how we are currently collaborating and what more we need to do.
The short film below, by NHS North East Leadership Academy, gives insight into why today’s health and social care issues can only be tackled through collaboration.
The Level 7 Award consists of one mandatory unit which focuses on developing senior leadership and management capability, through reflection followed by action leading to changed behaviours. The emphasis is on context: what matters ‘now’ to the learner. The ‘now’ may be self, others or a wider organisational issue.
Each learner carries out a workplace project requiring them to demonstrate their ability to:
- Analyse and review the strategic context of their chosen organisation.
- Recognise and evaluate the organisations espoused strategic leadership and management capabilities.
- Align leadership and management actions with the desired capabilities to meet stakeholder needs.
- Use sources of information and development available to senior leaders and managers, including professional networks.
- Design and critically evaluate the impact of improvement plans.
The development plan consists of:
- 1 hour webinar
- Coaching Support
- 3 x Live Sessions
- Peer Learning Groups
- Tutorial Support
- Unlimited 1:1 support
Political acumen is a type of intelligence that equips you with the ability to understand the interpersonal and political dynamics of organisations.
This workshop will cover the following six behaviours of politically skilled individuals in organisations:
Thinking before speaking
Impulse control helps avoid organisational conflict and helps assess situations before acting.
Successful employees are less likely to derail if they are mindful of timing and presentation of ideas.
Communicating with superiors
Being able to 'manage up' means being skilled in communicating with superiors.
Whether in a managerial position or not, effective relationships with individuals on all levels are vital.
Strong interpersonal influence
Strong relationships and a good rapport with organisational members result in co-operative relationships.
Manipulation does not help in the long term - rather, co-operation ensures all parties win.
Perceiving and observing others
'Social astuteness' helps understand the actions of others and to self-assess one's own behaviour.
Strong inter- and intrapersonal skills, as well as a high self-awareness are useful in all situations.
Those who are able to build friendships and relationships are likely to garner support and to successfully
negotiate and manage conflict. True relationships based on reciprocity matter more than acquaintances.
Sincerity, integrity and authenticity
Political skill requires honesty and openness, as well as the ability to inspire trust and confidence.
Actions with other organisational members are genuine and based on genuineness.
Shadow Board Foundation Programme
This foundation programme forms part of the BAME Fellowship development and is delivered by a member of the inspiring leaders’ team. The programme involves three core development modules of learning, and the establishment of a shadow Senior Leadership Team (SLE) to support a more experiential feel. The shadow SLE is chaired by one of our senior leaders and supported by the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Programme Team. It gives participants an opportunity to present SLE papers and work alongside the paper authors.
Shadow Board Support
As part of the foundation programme, a member of the inspiring leaders’ team will sit in on the Shadow Board meeting to support participants and start to bring the Board to life in a safe, supportive and experiential way. The member of the team will then be able to offer participants feedback and comments to support effectiveness. The team member will be a current or previous Board member.
Hot Spot Interviews
At each of the three Shadow Board development modules (see below) we will be joined by one of the senior system leaders for a Hot Spot Interview which is an opportunity to engage with programme participants in a safe and supportive environment. These are very interactive sessions where our facilitator will interview leaders in a constructive and engaging way so that participants can find out more about the leadership journeys and explore significant leadership challenges, and opportunities to build broader understanding and ownership of key system issues.
- Understand the implications of the 'Well-Led' guidelines and what constitutes effective corporate governance
- Understand a Director’s role, responsibilities and duties
- Understand the nature of organisational strategy and the approaches to analyse and formulate effective strategy
- Apply approaches to the Trust’s current environment to formulate views from a shadow board perspective
- Consider the requirements for an effective shadow board
- Deal more confidently with financial issues. Describe the statutory financial responsibilities and duties of a director and critically appraise their own organisation's financial health and financial plan.
- Consider risk and the Trust’s risk appetite in balancing off the triad of performance, quality and cost and looks at the Board Assurance Framework (BAF) and how this issued to provide the non-executives with the information they need to assess organisational risks.
- Critically evaluate and assess the culture of leadership within their own organisation and the effect on quality of care.
- Describe what a good People Strategy looks like and critically appraise their own organisation's HR strategy and workforce plans.
- Deal more confidently with strategic workforce issues and can analyse and evaluate key organisational workforce risks.
This final workshop will focus on career development covering:
- Power of networking;
- Interview techniques for success; and
- Next steps - career pathways
Applications are now open. The closing date is 7 May 2021.
We have endeavoured to connect with all Partnership organisations across West Yorkshire and Harrogate regarding this development opportunity, however in the instance where your organisation requires further detailed information on this programme, please contact Samantha.Kelly23@nhs.net
A minimum of 3 years’ experience working in a leadership or senior role.
Please note: This leadership programme has a Level 7 Leadership & Management qualification as part of the development, therefore all successful candidates will still be required to undertake the Level 7 Leadership & Management learning without the need to submit assessment criteria if they already hold a level 7 qualification or equivalent.
How to apply
- Complete the application form. We will also need a signature approval from your line manager and organisation support.
- Provide a personal statement of 2,000 words and /or a video or voice recording on how the programme will help you achieve your aspirations and career progression.
- Application support workshops run by our System Leadership and Development Programme will be offered as virtual sessions from 12.00pm to 1.00pm on 20 April and 27 April 2021. Please email: Samantha.email@example.com to secure your place.
The next stage
- Virtual face-to-face assessment (panel via Microsoft teams) competency interview with presentation on personal career to date and future aspirations.
- Offer of programme place or interview developmental feedback for those who were not successful and next steps.
- Twelve-month placements. Once accepted onto the programme you will have an opportunity to place an expression of interest on the available placements.
- You will then have a further discussion with the hosting organisation and nominated Network member (from what was the BAME Network) on the placements and expectations, skills and capabilities.
Fellows featured on the 'Can You Hear Me?' podcast
'Can You Hear Me?' is a Partnership podcast giving voice to the diverse talent working to improve health and care for people in West Yorkshire and Harrogate, presented by the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership’s Race Equality network.
In this episode, Sayma Mirza, Associate Director for System and Leadership Development at West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership, is joined by Fellows Sasha, Jon and Ash to talk about The Fellowship, its impact what people can expect from joining the Fellowship Programme.