HEE, NW Medical Leadership Fellowship

Health Education England (North West) (HEE (NW)) believes in investing in future Medical Leaders.  We fund a high quality Fellowship programme for exceptional trainee doctors and dentists.  The HEE (NW) Medical Leadership Fellowship programme (MLFP) is a flexible, challenging and practically orientated approach to leadership development.  The Fellowship programme is based on integrating all aspects of Medical Leadership to prepare hospital doctors and dentists for their future leadership roles.

The fellowship enables individuals to experience a range of leadership opportunities made up of academic, clinical and vocational elements.

It is hoped that by stimulating interest in medical education during training, individuals will go forward with the skills and motivation to take up valuable leadership / supervision roles within their workplace.  One of the main objectives of being an MLF is to help to foster a culture of excellence and leadership in the clinical workplace.


Applications for the GP MLF are now open; details on how to apply can be found by clicking the GP recruitment button below.

The recruitment process for hospital trainees is now closed until September 2019; more information can be found the Hospital recruitment page (see button below)



To see a list of FAQs regarding the Fellowship Programmes, please click here.




"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 of!”


Programme Components

Academic Programme

A Health Education England funded Postgraduate Certificate at Edge Hill University.  Leadership Fellows will enrol on the PG Cert Medical Leadership and study the following modules:

  • HEA4117 - Medical Leadership (20 credits)
  • HEA4095 - Planning and Managing Change for Medical Leaders (20 credits)
  • HEA4096 - Implementing Change in Practice for Medical Leaders (20 credits)


Clinical Programme

Design and delivery of a quality/service improvement project related to medical leadership in the trainee’s clinical setting, either workplace, or school based, supervised by a senior member of faculty at the HEE (NW) Deanery and with the support of the Trust Clinical Director or equivalent.

The project must be in addition to any annual audit/QI project required as part of the specialty curriculum requirements and will be trainee-directed with input as required from a range of senior educators, including Associate Deans, Head of School, Training Programme Directors, Practice Leads and Directors of Medical Education, as relevant to the project.


Vocational Programme

The vocational experience will be tailored to individuals and Fellows will have access to a range of development opportunities including:

  • A number of psychometric tools (e.g. MBTI, Belbin) delivered by a member of HEE staff (year 1)
  • HLM 360° appraisal after 6 months and the end of the programme.
  • Participation in a coaching and mentoring scheme, which provides training to become a mentor and/or coach, as well as access to both mentors and coaches
  • Attendance at 2 x development days per year, run by HEE (years 1 & 2)
  • Opportunity to present a poster at the HEE (NW) Annual Conference (year 1 & 2)
  • Opportunity for 4 x shadowing days (two per year), shadowing colleagues in Leadership roles appropriate to current placements (Associate or Deputy Dean at HEE, HoS, Clinical Director, TPDs list to be reviewed by RH/RB)
  • Opportunity to attend Kings Fund Educational Days 
  • Opportunity to join an action learning set

Further Information

Throughout the fellowship each MLF will be encouraged to reflect on each leadership activity and record in a ‘reflective log’.  MLFs remain in their clinical training placements for the duration of the fellowship. Participating in the programme does not lead to an extension of CCT date for hospital trainees.

Initially, MLFs are offered a tenure of one year with a second year granted on evidence of satisfactory progression in the role.


Key Dates
GP Trainees
Induction Day: Friday 1st March 2019
Hospital Trainees

Induction Day: Friday 1st March 2019

“The Medical Leadership Fellowship 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.”
Contact Us
Name Role Email Social Media
Dr Rebecca Baron Associate Postgraduate Dean (GP) facultydevelopment.nw@hee.nhs.uk @LSFD_HEENW
Dr Roisin Haslett Associate Postgraduate Dean (Hospital)
Sarah Metcalfe Programme Support Manager   
Justin Baker Programme Support Officer
Jamie Morgan Programme Administrator

Quotes were taken from the Medical Leadership Fellowships End of Year Surveys