Progress Your Career With The NHS Fellowship Programme For Working Parents

Leaders Plus NHS Fellowship

The Leaders Plus NHS Fellowship is a supportive leadership career development programme for NHS leaders with young children who are ambitious in their careers.

Our award-winning Leaders Plus Fellowship has already supported hundreds of parents to progress in their careers whilst enjoying their young families.

Due to the high demand from NHS colleagues and with support from our partners, we are delighted to now offer a pioneering programme specifically for NHS clinical and non-clinical staff who are passionate about career development and have young children between the ages of 0 and 11.

The Leaders Plus NHS Fellowship Programme will support parents working in the health service to progress at work into senior leadership positions whilst also balancing commitments as a parent.

By joining the Leaders Plus NHS Fellowship you are becoming part of a strong community of mums and dads working in the NHS, building a positive movement for change so that all new parents can thrive in leadership roles.

Dr. Suzie Minson - NHS Fellowship
The Leaders Plus NHS Foundation Fellowship will run from November 2022 - April 2023

What's Included in the NHS Fellowship Programme?

The Leaders Plus NHS Fellowship is a leadership career development Programme which is split into two parts.

An initial 6-month Foundation Fellowship, followed by an optional 3-month NHS Changemaker Fellowship Programme the year after.

It is delivered via a series of high-quality workshops, roundtable events and online learning resources.

Leaders Plus NHS Foundation Fellowship: 

All Fellows will initially join a 6-month Programme which has been expertly designed to help you to progress your career whilst balancing your commitments as a parent.

Leaders Plus NHS Changemaker Fellowship:

Once you have completed the Foundation Fellowship there is the option of extending your Fellowship experience by continuing with an additional 3-month Leaders Plus Changemaker Fellowship for the NHS. This will take place 12 months after completion of the Foundation Fellowship and Fellows will be supported to lead change projects supporting parents in their department or organisation

You can either sign up for both from the start or begin with the Foundation Fellowship and opt into the Changemaker Fellowship later.

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Who Should Apply for the NHS Fellowship Programme?

The Leaders Plus NHS Fellowship is open to all NHS clinical and non-clinical staff who are passionate about career development and have childcare responsibilities for young children between the ages of 0 and 11.

Applicants will need to have a role (or have previously held a role) with significant responsibility, i.e. a management or leadership role. We are especially looking for individuals who are willing to actively engage with a group of their peers, who are keen to progress their careers and make a difference to others.

An Inclusive Fellowship

The Fellowship is fully inclusive and we particularly welcome applications from the LGBTQIA+ community, ethnic minorities and anyone who identifies as having a disability. We are actively looking for people from these underrepresented communities to apply for the Fellowship as we want to create equal career progression opportunities.

This NHS Fellowship is for you if you would like to:
  • Progress your career whilst enjoying your young children
  • Get fresh ideas from outside the NHS of how you can combine young children with an ambitious career
  • Be part of a supportive community of peers with other NHS leaders
  • Take time to hone your vision for career and family and get support to make that vision a reality
  • Gain practical leadership skills that help you to get the most from your team

Plus if you go on to complete the optional NHS Changemaker Fellowship you will:

  • Role model driving change in the NHS for your team, whilst also being present with your family
By the end of the Fellowship, you will have developed:
  • Fresh perspective on how to balance your career aspirations with your caring responsibilities
  • A peer network of other parents in the NHS who are ambitious about their careers
  • More clarity on your hopes and purpose for career and family life
  • Practical skills in how to progress your career and manage others
  • A positive movement of change for other working parents in your department or trust
Apply now for the NHS Fellowship

Apply now for the NHS Fellowship

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What is the Time and Financial Investment?

Each month, there will be approximately one mandatory workshop plus pre-work for 1 to 2 hours. On average the time commitment will be 4 hours per month.

Over the course of the Programme you will have access to:

      • Two in-person workshops taking place in London, Manchester or Birmingham (further locations may be added depending on demand)
      • Five online workshops of 2 hours each

There is no written assessment however you will be invited to complete an action log and you will receive a certificate at the end.

Costs: The Leaders Plus NHS Fellowship costs £2290 + VAT for the initial 6-month NHS Foundation Fellowship, followed by an additional £1390 + VAT for the optional NHS Changemaker Fellowship.

We aim to make the Fellowship accessible to all and have a small number of heavily subsidised places available for those ambitious parents who are facing financial hardship. The cost of a hardship-funded place is £30 and you can find out more about the criteria here.

RCEM logoWe are delighted to have partnered with the Royal College of Emergency Medicine who are generously offering 10 part-funded places to parents working in emergency medicine.

Find out more about those part-funded places here.


The NHS Foundation Fellowship will run from November 2022 - April 2023
Access the application form here

Programme Overview

Each module on the Leaders Plus NHS Fellowship will include:
  • Workshops: a selection of highly focused career development workshops
  • Move and learn: the freshest thinking on progressing your career whilst raising children from outside and inside the NHS (listen while going for a walk, or moving in a way that suits you, at a time that suits you)
  • Action: a practical task or challenge you can use to put the learning into action
  • Online interaction: a community in your pocket giving access to support when you need it through the Ugenie app
NHS Foundation Fellowship Modules

November 2022 - April 2023

The 6-month Foundation NHS Fellowship contains everything you need to progress your career as a parent and is delivered via a series of workshops, roundtables and targeted resources. Please note: dates are subject to change depending on the number of applications.

Module 1: Your Vision and Purpose for Career & Family Life
Work on your vision and purpose for career and family life and consider how to overcome limiting assumptions from yourself and others.

Part 1: 8th or 10th November 2022 (online)
Part 2:  29th Nov and 1st Dec 2022 (online)

Module 2: Sharing Your Vision and Thriving in Imperfect Environments Part 1
Access the latest research on career progression, sponsorship and networking, plus access a series of helpful 'how to' podcasts. For those Fellows with a partner, there is the opportunity to attend a partner workshop and we also offer a solo parenting session.

15th December 2022 (in person)

Module 3: Getting Support From Others to Achieve Your Vision
Network with senior leaders outside the NHS from across sectors to discuss challenges you may face (e.g. having your flexible working request approved).

10th or 12th January 2023 (online)

Module 4: Thriving in Imperfect Environments Part 2
Learn how to set boundaries, tackle imposter syndrome and approach the working parent juggle with self-compassion.

7th or 9th February (online)

Module 5: Fresh Perspectives from outside the NHS
During the fresh perspectives day, you will network with senior leaders outside the NHS from across sectors to present challenges you may face in combining a demanding career with young children (e.g. flexible working requests)and get people’s experience of dealing with those. Using these fresh perspectives, you will work through what to do in your situation.

14th March 2023 (online)

Module 6: Leading Forward
Discover how best to lead others, including guidance on effective delegation tricks, offering supportive feedback, having difficult conversations, reviewing progress and planning next steps. You will also have a chance to invite your senior leaders to a roundtable on best practice in supporting parents.

18th April 2023 (in person)

NHS Changemaker Fellowship Modules (Optional)

May 2023 - July 2023

The NHS Changemaker Fellowship is an optional 3-month, project-based Fellowship which will take place a year after you have completed the Foundation Fellowship.

It centres around driving positive change for working parents within your own organisation.

You will begin by attending a module on ideation to get your creative juices flowing and will ultimately develop your own project idea to benefit parents in your organisation.

During the 3 months, you will receive a number of resources that will help you approach a senior-level sponsor who will support you to drive this change and bring the project to life.

Please note, dates for modules will be shared shortly.

Module 1: Gender Equality & Supporting Working Parents 
Access the latest evidence base on effective support for working parents/gender equality within UK hospitals. Including links to materials on how the NHS works, decision-making structures and budgets.

Module 2: Project Planning & Execution
Receive guidance on planning your projects and access a range of helpful templates to support implementation.

Module 3: Project Management & Roundtable Feedback
Present your project idea to a roundtable of experienced leaders and receive support to implement it.

Module 4: Creating Engagement & Implementation
Engage in structured peer support to implement your project over the next 12 months and celebrate and share your results at the end.

Apply now for the NHS Fellowship