HLA Amsterdam Press Release

Press release

10th October 2019
The Healthcare Leadership Academy arrives in Amsterdam

The Healthcare Leadership Academy (HLA) works with healthcare students and young healthcare professionals to forge the healthcare leaders of tomorrow. An intense, year-long programme helps HLA scholars to explore and develop their leadership potential. Last week, three HLA alumni saw the fruits of their labour realised, by introducing the prestigious programme to Amsterdam. 

Image 1: HLA Scholars and some faculty members

Last weekend, a dream became reality for three previous scholars from The Healthcare Leadership Academy (HLA). Ilse Blomberg, Jim Determeijer, and Emma Oostenbroek envisioned introducing The HLA to Amsterdam, the capital city of the Netherlands. And on 5th October 2019, the fruit of their hard work, collaboration, and sheer persistence was clear for all to see as the cohort first met together in Amsterdam.

Jim Determeijer, HLA Scholar 2017-18 and co-founder of HLA Amsterdam said:

“I joined The HLA out of curiosity and because I wanted to understand how to develop leadership in myself and others. While travelling to London to attend The HLA, I realised how much healthcare has to gain from an international perspective and collaboration. With the help of The HLA team and the hard work of Ilse, Emma and I, it is a surreal and equally rewarding experience to bring together this international cohort in Amsterdam. The unique setup of scholars crossing country borders, cultures, interests, hierarchy and professions gives this community the potential for unique innovations. I look forward to the journey of these scholars and the change this cohort can bring.”

The Healthcare Leadership Academy (HLA) works with healthcare students and early-stage professionals to develop our healthcare leaders of the future. Their intense year-long scholarship encompasses project development, personal development and mentorship, as scholars seek to explore and expand their leadership potential. For the 2019-2020 session, one international cohort of scholars will undertake their group sessions in Amsterdam.

Image 2: HLA Scholars in action. Credit: Ilse Blomberg.

Johann Malawana, Director of The HLA, said:

“At The HLA, we are passionate about inspiring, motivating, and nurturing the next generation of healthcare leaders. We have been delighted to work with Emma, Ilse, Jim, and a talented faculty, to initiate The HLA’s first international cohort. The HLA Amsterdam team have demonstrated that – with perseverance, vision and collaboration – a momentous challenge can blossom into a brilliant opportunity. Whilst every cohort has welcomed and facilitated scholars from different countries, this is the first time that the sessions for a whole cohort will be held outside of the UK.”

The HLA is approved by The Institute of Leadership & Management, is a certified member of Social Enterprises UK, is proudly sponsored by The MDU, commissioned by Health Education England North East and Health Education England South West, and partners with Medics.Academy.

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Notes to editors:

1) The 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, The HLA aims to inspire our scholars to change the world of healthcare, one small step at a time.
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2) The HLA host an open conference annually. This year’s conference will be held at Amnesty International UK, 25 New Inn Yard, London, EC2A 3EA on 12th December 2019. Details of this can be found here:


3) The HLA host an open access blog page, which features shared wisdom and learning from leaders across the healthcare sector and beyond. Blog articles can be found here:

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