Workforce, training and education
East of England
Next Step
Leadership and Management Fellows Programme

Applications for the 2024-25 Next Steps cohort NOW OPEN!

An innovative programme that will provide important tools, knowledge and confidence for prospective trainees to thrive as leaders and managers within the NHS. 

The context of leadership and management within the NHS has never been more challenging due to the pressures of a complex future.  In response, NHS England - East of England are working with a powerful collaboration from King’s Health Partners, King’s Business School and the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management to deliver an innovative programme. The programme benefits from:

  • Rigour and expertise drawn from a world-class university. 
  • Clinical insight through the lens of a leading Academic Health Sciences Centre. 
  • Cutting-edge content to tackle the challenges in delivering leadership and management successfully through specialist intervention. 

About the Next Step programme 

The Next Step Programme is an eleven-month immersive development experience accredited by the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management (FMLM). Each year, 70 Leadership and Management Fellows from across the East of England will be equipped with the tools and confidence to thrive as leaders and managers within a complex environment. Fellows will then use this expertise to act as leaders, sharing leadership and management insights with other trainees and healthcare professionals from within their organisations.    

The programme will be delivered in four blocks of activity. Each will include a face-to-face workshop which will allow Fellows to address emerging issues and focus on new skills and adaptability needed for the years ahead. These will be supported by online programme elements and a 1-2-1 coaching session to debrief your 360 evaluation and report.


Who can join? 

The programme is aimed at trainees are within two training years of expected CCT date at time of commencing the Next Step: Leadership and Management Fellows Programme and will therefore be starting to take on increased managerial and leadership responsibilities.  This programme directly addresses these needs and prepares the Fellows with both a thorough understanding of themselves, input into leadership and management within the healthcare context; but also provides a growing network of Fellows that will be mutually supporting as they take the next steps in their careers.

The programme is open to senior trainees (of all disciplines; from Primary Care, Secondary Care, Dentistry and Mental Health) within two training years of their expected certification of completion of training date, and who will still be in a training programme in the east of England at the end of July 2024.   


What will the programme cover?

Total anticipate commitment of hours within the programme is 120 over the course of the year including the Fellows Quality Improvement Project which each Fellow will be expected to undertake as part of the programme.  Kay elements of this include 4 face-to-face days covering:



Module 1 – The Healthcare Context:

This first module provides an orientation for the Fellows to the programme and the organisation of Healthcare and Health Economics, this module provides details to Fellows of their membership of the FMLM and the associated benefits of this.


Module 2 – Leadership and Influence

This module introduces the essential business skills required to succeed in today's volatile healthcare environment. This will be an interactive session to sharpen Fellows skills by exploring a number of themes such as Presentation skills; Influence and empathy; Handling difficult questions; Successful behaviours; and Decision making.


Module 3 – Change and Crisis Management

Delivered by Faculty from the Business School and clinicians from Guy’s and St Thomas’s Trust, this module will explore the various change management initiatives that the NHS has pursued in recent decades and conceptually categorised different approaches to managing change. We will also look in detail at approaches to crisis management, drawing on recent experiences from the Covid-19 pandemic.


Module 4 – Capstone, best practice, and next steps

The final module is a presentation day for the participants on their Quality Improvement Projects. The projects will be assessed by an Executive Panel from King’s Health Partners, Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management (FMLM) and King’s Business School. The panel will choose the five best Quality Improvement Projects and during a Fellowship Awards ceremony those five participants will receive a bursary to cover the fee for FMLM Associate Fellowship.

In addition to the four face-to-face days there is a series of online masterclasses delivered live by faculty from King’s Business School and from King’s Health Partners:


Online Masterclass 1 – The Quality Improvement Project