Healthcare Leadership Academy Person Specification

 If appointed as an HLA scholar, 100% attendance at the mandatory sessions is a pre-requisite*.

Requirement Essential Desirable
Education, training and qualifications

For applicants in the UK and EU, the candidate must be one of the following:

  1. Applicants in the UK and EU must be studying a course that leads to primary healthcare qualification (medicine, dentistry, nursing, PA’s) which leads up to registration to a regulatory body (GMC, NMC, HCPC etc).
  2. A clinician registered with the either the GMC, NMC or HCPC or equivalent registration bodies in your country of residence within 14 years of registration.
  1. A health policy qualification.
Skills and knowledge
  1. A demonstrable knowledge and/or understanding of their national healthcare structures and relevant health policy organisations.
  2. An active ‘extra-curricular’ interest in current health policy debates and medico-political issues.
  3. Excellent written and spoken English.
  1. Experience engaging directly with relevant organisations.

  1. Experience speaking publicly (e.g. a public speaking or debating society, presenting work to peers or at a conference).
  2. Experience as part of a leadership team in any walk of life.
Personal attributes
  1. Excellent communication skills.
  2. Effective time management and organisational skills.
  3. A strong motivation to improve society and national healthcare systems for the benefit of ordinary people.
Other special requirements
  1. Be able to commit to all the sessions in the cohort you apply for, for the duration of the programme.
  2. Excellent technical skills in MS Word, Powerpoint and Excel.
  3. Be able to commit to pursuing a project for the duration of the programme. The project is envisaged to require a minimum of 3-4 hours a month for development and delivery.
  1. Be able to attend ad hoc meetings in London, Newcastle, Bristol, Edinburgh, Belfast and/or Amsterdam.


*in exceptional circumstances one session can be substituted with an alternative requirement. This is entirely at the discretion of the Director of The HLA.