Leadership Ladder
HEE East of England

Leadership & Management Training for Postgraduate Medical and Dental Trainees 


Being able to lead and work in a team are both essential attributes for all doctors, this is reflected in both the HEE mandate and the GMC’s generic professional capabilities (GPCs). 

In order to ensure leadership and management training is available and easily accessible for trainees, HEE EoE are in the process of building a new online leadership development platform which can be accessed using our new digital learning site ‘Bridge’. This platform will contain online, interactive, junior-doctor specific modules covering three fundamental aspects of leadership: leadership theory, myself as a leader, and leadership in practice.

The aim is that trainees will use the modules in these three components to build their own 'leadership ladder', appropriate to both the requirements of their curriculum, but also their individual needs and aspirations. 

The HEE EoE strategy for training postgraduate medical and dental (PGMD) trainees in L&M aims to give trainees the opportunity to:
  • Improve their understanding of the current theoretical base underpinning L&M.
  • Develop their personal skills in L&M and teamworking.
  • Develop effective attitudes and behaviours to allow them to work effectively in this area.
in order to:
  • Equip all trainees with the core knowledge/theory, skills and attitudes that all doctors need to work in the NHS.
  • Allow trainees to demonstrate and record the relevant capabilities in their portfolios in order to meet their curricular requirements.
  • Provide additional opportunities for those wishing to pursue a career in medical leadership.
  • Identify talented individuals and encourage them to meet their potential as future leaders.
  • Help all trainees assume a leadership role when appropriate and needed.


23/08/2021 A new module launched on Bridge, available in the 'Learner Library'

  • What is leadership, and why is it important?
  • Understanding State and its impact on you as a Leader - module 2
  • Your role within a team 

05/07/2021 A new module launched on Bridge, available in the 'Learner Library'

  • Host vs Hero

21/06/2021 Two new modules launched on Bridge, available in the 'Learner Library':

  • Strengths-based Leadership 
  • Understanding state and its impact on you as a leader - module 1

08/03/2021: Three new modules launched on Bridge, available in the 'Learner Library':

  • Theories of leadership 
  • Being a trainee representative 
  • Developing teams and psychological safety

30/11/2020: Three new modules launched on Bridge, available in the 'Learner Library':

  • A Junior Doctor Guide to the NHS
  • Attending and Chairing Meetings 
  • Leading a Handover 

11/11/2020: GP trainees all given access to Bridge, QIP modules made available via the 'Learner Library'. 

26/10/2020: QIP modules made available to higher trainees with existing access to Bridge, via the 'Learner Library'. 

12/10/2020: QIP modules made available to core medical and surgical trainees via the 'Learner Library' in Bridge. 

07/10/2020: QIP modules made available to foundation trainees via the 'Learner Library' in Bridge.

24/08/2020: QIP modules launched to pilot trainee group for testing and feedback.



The Leadership Ladder can be accessed on the digital site 
The documents Resource Bank can be accessed here: https://heeoe.hee.nhs.uk/leadership-ladder-resource-bank   
The trainee leadership strategy can be downloaded from the bottom of this page, or viewed here.




How does the leadership ladder work?

The Leadership Ladder is an online leadership and management development platform. The ladder is made up of three components, which are available for you to build a ladder suits your individual needs and curriculum requirements as you progress through your training. All modules can be revisited at later dates and the resources are also available in the resource bank here



Who can access the leadership ladder?

The Leadership Ladder will be freely available to all doctors and dentists at all grades, in training programmes across the east of England. 

The programme is currently being developed in real-time, with modules being rolled out as soon as they are ready for use over the next 6-9 months. Updates will be published on the website here, as new modules become available to access. 


How do I access the modules?

The programme can be accessed via the digital learning platform Bridge and updates will be published on the website here, as and when new modules become available. Modules you have been enrolled into will show up in the 'My Learning' section of your Bridge account. 

If you do not have access to Bridge, or cannot locate a module you believe you should be enrolled to, firstly, please check your junk/spam emails. If you cannot locate an enrollment notification or find the module in ‘My Learning’, please contact blendedlearning.eoe@hee.nhs.uk

Emails must include:

  • Your full name
  • Your training programme
  • The title of the module
I'd like to be involved in producing a leadership module for the platform, how can I help?

We are keen to hear from potential collaborators who may be interested in working with us to produce a module, either within one of the suggested titles, or we can discuss a new module in an area of your own choice. Please review our Guide to Sample Bridge Modules document, for more information on how the modules are created and the features available. To get in touch, please contact blendedlearning.eoe@hee.nhs.uk

We’ve also put together a short video that demonstrates what our modules look like in practice, and the features that are available when producing a module within our online platform: https://youtu.be/TiD47MUHUAo

Leadership in Practice

The “Leadership in Practice” strand of the ladder focuses on the more practical aspects of junior doctor leadership. Each module will cover a different “leadership activity.” Some of these activities may be a compulsory part of your training, and you may already be undertaking some of these activities frequently in your day-to-day work. These activities range from chairing meetings and leading ward rounds, through to mentoring colleagues and delivering service improvement. These modules aim not only to give you the confidence to tackle these leadership activities, but also to make it easier for you to demonstrate that you achieving your required leadership competencies.


Modules available:

QI Programme 

Attending and Chairing Meetings

Leading a Handover

Being a trainee representative 

Host vs Hero

Your role within a team 

Leadership in Theory

The “Leadership in Theory” strand of the ladder aims to provide you with a solid grounding in the theory underpinning clinical leadership. This strand will cover core concepts such as the importance of leadership within healthcare, and the relative impacts that different leadership styles can have upon colleagues. It also progresses to examine some of the more challenging areas, such as those encompassing change management and organisational behaviour. This strand will draw insight from a wide range of sources to ensure that these modules provide you with a comprehensive, well-rounded understanding of the field of leadership theory as it stands today.


Modules Available:

A Junior Doctor Guide to the NHS

Theories of leadership 

Developing teams and psychological safety

Strengths-based Leadership 

Understanding state and its impact on you as a leader - module 1

Understanding State and its impact on you as a Leader - module 2

What is leadership, and why is it important?

Myself as a Leader

The “Myself as a Leader” strand of the ladder digs a little deeper into you as a person, and you as a junior doctor leader. The modules encourage take a closer look at the experiences that you’ve had to date, and what new insights about yourself that you can gain from them. The topics covered in this strand vary greatly, and include reflecting on your workplace relationships and the teams that you’ve worked in, exploring your personal values and how they shape you as a leader, and thinking in more detail about what clinical leadership means to you. These modules aim to make you examine your own leadership practices, with a view to improving your effectiveness as a junior doctor leader as your training progresses.

Modules Available:

Friday, 21 August, 2020
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