Medical Leadership Programme

Recruitment Information




The Health Education North West Medical Leadership Programme (MLP) is a flexible, challenging and practically orientated method of developing the future medical leader.

Based on the Medical Leadership Competency Framework (MLCF), the MLP is integrated into clinical training to provide doctors with the opportunity to complete real life projects in preparation for future leadership roles.

Piloted as a specialist route for leadership development in 2008, subsequent cohorts were appointed to start the programme in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.

Applications are welcome from North Western and Mersey medical specialty trainees.

If you are interested in applying for the 2014 cohort of the MLP to start in August 2014 please see the information below.


How to Apply

Please read the following information carefully before submitting an application:  

Please read the following information carefully before submitting an application:

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pdf icon   Person Specification

Word icon   Application Form

Please note: recruitment documents may be subject to change for future recruitment years.

All applicants must discuss their application with their Training Programme Director (or nominated equivalent). You will be asked to agree to a declaration that you have discussed your application with your training programme and provide evidence of this if shortlisted.



The deadline for submitting applications is Midday(12:00 hours) on Tuesday 6th May 2014.



If you have not received email acknowledgment within 48 hours of submission of your application please contact someone in our MLP Team on 0161 625 7672. No acknowledgment of receipt of your application may mean that it has not been received. Any applications received after Midday (12:00 hours) on Tuesday 6th May 2014 will not be accepted.


Key dates in the 2014 Recruitment Process:

Deadline for Application Submissions

Midday (12:00 hours) Tuesday 6th May 2014

Notification of short listing

Friday  16th May 2014

Assessment Day

Tuesday 3rd June 2014

Notification of outcome

by Friday 6th June 2014

Induction Day*

Tuesday 4th September 2014

*Successful applicants only

Please ensure you apply for study leave for the Assessment and Induction Days


Please see a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) below:


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Medical Leadership Trainee Experience

The Medical Leadership Programme is an amazing experience, with leadership training and the freedom to be able to manage your own time and develop your own ideas with expert support. You get a lot of opportunity to network and make contacts for the future. The academic component teaches you the basic workings of the NHS as well as the new developments, leadership and organisational theories. I would highly recommend it to any interested trainees.

Medical Leadership Trainee, cohort 2010


The following are quotes from trainees on the 2008 cohort of the MLP:

“I think [the North Western Deanery] have tried to make it [the MLP] multi-faceted with the practical aspect, the theoretical aspect you know, when you put it all together it’s almost like a star package because it caters for everything so I don’t think I would say there was an individual star, I would just say that the whole thing bundles together very nicely.”

“I think it’s [the Medical Leadership Programme] encouraged innovation, and I think for me that has developed leadership skills on the grounds that I now have ideas so I have got an idea about what I want to do next year, and it sits right bang in the middle of clinical and management”

“I think the academic component I couldn’t rate highly enough, I think it’s been really, really good, and especially the mixing of us with the management trainees, that has been absolutely invaluable because you just bounce ideas off each other”

“Well in the beginning we didn’t really know what to expect. I think it has definitely exceeded my expectations. I think it’s a very well resourced, very intensive programme and I think that we’ve all learned a lot…the academic sort of views, experiential learning sets and the action learning, all these things I didn’t actually realise the programme was going to be so full!”

“[You] fully understand the realities of working clinically and having management issues and working in management as well and I think the course is very realistic from that point of view, and also very busy! [Laughter]”


Example Medical Leadership Trainee Projects:

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If after reading all documentation you still have outstanding queries please contact:

Julie Want
Project Manager for Medical Leadership
0161 625 7672


Page reviewed 25 March 2014