About Us


Nurturing Leadership

Working with healthcare students and young professionals to develop our healthcare leaders of the future.


Fostering Frontline Innovation

Engaging, developing and guiding clinicians to deliver innovative solutions.

Empowering and Valuing the Next Generation of Clinical Leaders

Supporting our clinicians to use their talent effectively.




We value accessibility and equity and believe all healthcare professionals should have the means to learn about and engage in leadership activities; at any level and at any time.



We believe inclusivity is key to leadership. Leadership should not be the arena of a chosen few but of all those with innovative visions, ideas and solutions.










The Healthcare Leadership Academy formed in response to demand from young clinicians and medical students to learn about leadership.

Founded by Dr Johann Malawana (Course Director), former leader of the Junior Doctor Dispute, and a team of like-minded professionals (Our Faculty and Assistant Course Directors) the Healthcare Leadership Academy launched on 20th December 2016.

HLA houses an exciting faculty from across the health sector and beyond. Their shared aim is to inspire the next generation of healthcare professionals and develop their understanding of leadership. Too often in healthcare, leadership is confused with management. Through a combination of mentoring, Socratic discussion, and philosophical exploration, HLA aims to inspire our scholars to change the world of healthcare, one small step at a time.

At a time when the world seems an ever more worrying place, it is important that the next generation of healthcare professionals truly understand how to motivate the people they work with in order to best look after the populations they serve.

Funding, Resources and Declarations of Interest

The Healthcare Leadership Academy was founded by Johann Malawana, initial small amounts of seed funding for set up costs were provided by Johann Malawana as a donation. The website was built by Steven Bishop and Ali Jawad. All faculty members and speakers donate their time for free with no remuneration and no funding for travel expenses until November 2017. Since then, travel expenses have been provided. There is a huge community who contribute to the running of The HLA, who we are very grateful to. Under the leadership of Johann Malawana, operational oversight and day to day operational management is provided by our Directors.

For the first cohort, Touch Surgery generously hosted the HLA for free in their London Touch Surgery Labs. We continue to be grateful to all Touch Surgery team, particularly Stacey Hole who gave up several of her Saturdays to host the HLA. Touch Surgery also sponsored the first HLA event at the House of Lords by providing £500 for the catering of the event.

medics.academy donated film crews, design and engineering resources, studio resources and meeting space for the HLA and the scholars to use. medics.academy continue to support the HLA with staff time and studio resources for scholars to take advantage off. Each year The HLA provides over £250,000 of bursaries to students and clinicians through its flagship scholars programmes. This is funded through grants, commissions, sponsorship, events and through paid for courses. Over £125,000 of this funded by Medics.Academy through a grant.

he Healthcare Leadership Academy is a CIC registered social enterprise. Any donations or income generated is reinvested in promoting leadership in healthcare. This is primarily through supporting the scholars on the flagship annual course. Scholars do not pay to undertake the programme. The programme leads to ILM7 qualifications with resulting recognition from the Institute of Leadership and Management. It is the responsibility of the individual scholar to fund their annual subscription to maintain their ability to use the postnominals and to retain access to the training and CPD materials provided by both The HLA and ILM. The scholars fund their own travel in two exceptions. The Norwegian Medical Association sponsored (by paying the travel costs) 1 scholar to attend the first cohort, and sponsored 2 scholars to attend the second cohort. The Association of Surgeons in Training (ASiT) sponsor 1 scholars’ travel expenses in the second cohort.

The Healthcare Leadership Academy is grateful for the enormous amount of time and effort that is dedicated and donated by all the volunteers on the faculty, all the scholars who form the community and all the organisations that support the HLA.

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