About the Programme

Programme Dates:

We have intakes on the following months throughout the year:

  • 1st week January 
  • 1st week April
  • 1st week August
  • 1st week September
  • 1st week October
  • 1st week November

The Healthcare Leadership Academy (The HLA) and Medics.Academy have together developed a series of leadership programmes that are accredited and supported by the Institute of Leadership and Management and The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) Medical School. The Intermediate Level 1 Programme is designed and built on the experience of delivering content to hundreds of scholars, fellows and clinicians over several years.  This virtual elective is the equivalent of the Basic Level 3 course and is designed for healthcare students who want to start their leadership journey after undertaking our other basic programmes. You will dedicate time to exploring and developing your leadership and management skills. It’s HLA accredited and is mapped to our six pillars of leadership. We have designed this for people that want to demonstrate their leadership commitment when applying for new roles or developing in the roles they are already in. As a doctor you can use your certificate from this course as evidence of leadership and management training to support your IMT, CT, ST application, or to achieve your CCT/CESR. If you are a nursing or other AHP health professional, this can help you start thinking about your next step on the career path. 

What will you Learn? 

The course will cover the essentials of medical leadership. This includes:  

  • Identifying your leadership style. 
  • Understand the difference between management and leadership;
  • How to engage and motivate others. 
  • Innovating and consistency 
  • Identify key leadership behaviours and skills and learn to adopt them;
  • Communicate more effectively with people they work with;
  • Be more influential in meetings;
  • Deliver effective and impactful presentations;
  • Prepare an action plan for success
  • Setting goals 
  • Time management and personal effectiveness

What Format is Used? 

  • You will be taught over a four-week period, with interactive sessions. This will allow you to learn from both the faculty tutors and your fellow delegates. 
  • A blended learning approach will be used, including small group exercises, large group discussions, didactic teaching and directed personal learning. 
  • The course is led by our team of nationally recognised healthcare leaders. Your group’s tutor will be selected based on their knowledge of the subject matter and, of course, their ability to facilitate your development.


Once completed, the certificate is also a demonstration of your engagement with The HLA should you wish to apply to The HLA scholars programme. You will also be able to apply to our wider accredited programmes and get credit for completion as well as partial scholarships to those programmes. 

The Curriculum: Course Content

The programme covers the six domains of The HLA framework. The following curriculum across all HLA programmes is delivered through a combination of webinars, assignments and online content with a range of speakers, tutors and workshop hosts: 

  • The Leader as a Communicator
    • How to define and formulate your message
    • How to use communication channels to raise the impact of your role as a leader

  • The Leader as a Manager
    • How to manage people, resources and time
    • What to focus on

  • The Leader as a Negotiator
    • How to get what you need for yourself, your team and your institution

  • The Leader as an Innovator and Entrepreneur
    • How to stand out as an innovator
    • How to become the future of your organisation

  • The Leader as a Follower
    • How to empower your team to spread the burden of leadership

  • The Leader as a Philosopher
    • How to do the right thing
    • How to inspire

Time Commitment 

The programme is designed to be completed over one month. The requirements for the programme includes

  • 10 hours of tutor facilitation of the project development
  • 40 hours on facilitated leadership projects, online content and reading


This is a community driven programme. All candidates are invited to take part in an international network of healthcare leaders, as well as having  access to a series of HLA community events as part of the programme. 


Due to this programme being able to be mapped, and recognised for Masters level credits, if you would like to progress onto a masters accredited programme, you will be required to demonstrate eligibility criteria for your enrolment.  




Those who complete this course are eligible for associate membership of the Institute of Leadership and Management (with the postnominals AMInstLM). The HLA Basic Level 3 programme is £600 for the programme - which is discounted to £250 for a qualifying healthcare student. 

Should you want to continue to HLA Associate Membership with Associate Membership of the Institute or Leadership and Management (AIinstLM) There is an annual fee following the programme of £240 a year which covers your associate membership fee of the Institute of Leadership and Management (AMInstLM post-nominals - Currently £150 per year). You will also become an HLA Associate member (Currently £120-£180 per year). You will have access to a package of ongoing CPD each year and you will have access to The HLA Community. 

By registering with us and subsequently completing one of our programmes, individuals will have the ability to use the post-nominals associated with the level as stated. As with many professional organisations, use of the post nominals is dependent on the payment of the annual subscription fee. We have an agreement in place with ILM that we will be issuing block registration and recognition for ILM Membership and Fellowship and collecting and administering our programme directly. 

All surplus funds from The HLA will be used for the benefit of the social enterprise purpose of The HLA - which is to promote leadership and leadership opportunities for healthcare students and professionals.


What happens if I apply to be a HLA Scholar in subsequent years?

If an individual undertakes any of our basic or intermediate programmes and then subsequently applies to become a HLA Scholar, they will be able to use their scholar year to complete the relevant next stage in their leadership development. They will also benefit from a scholarship to other programmes in the Medics.Academy and HLA portfolio at the same level as they would have benefitted if they had not already undertaken the Intermediate Level 1 programme (should they have got to this stage). The HLA Scholars application also has specific awards for previous commitment to The HLA and so the individual will be able to recognise their completion of any of our Basic or Intermediate programmes in their application. 

If you would like to find out more about the programme, you can email [email protected] and one of the team will be happy to answer any questions you may have. 

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About the Organisation

The Healthcare Leadership Academy


  • Nurturing Leadership: working with healthcare students and young professionals to develop our leaders of the future
  • Fostering Frontline Innovation: Engaging, developing and guiding clinicians to deliver innovative solutions.
  • Empowering and Valuing the Next Generation of Clinical Leaders: Supporting our clinicians to use their talent effectively.
  • Accessibility: The HLA value accessibility and equity and believe all healthcare professionals should have the means to learn about and engage in leadership activities; at any level and at any time.
  • Inclusivity: The HLA believes inclusivity is key to leadership. Leadership should not be the arena of a chosen few but of all those with innovative visions, ideas and solutions.

The Healthcare Leadership Academy formed in response to demand from young clinicians and medical students to learn about leadership.

Founded by Dr Johann Malawana (Course Director), former leader of the Junior Doctor Dispute, and a team of like-minded professionals (Our Faculty and Assistant Course Directors) the Healthcare Leadership Academy launched on 20th December 2016.

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, HLA aims to inspire our scholars to change the world of healthcare, one small step at a time.

At a time when the world seems an ever more worrying place, it is important that the next generation of healthcare professionals truly understand how to motivate the people they work with in order to best look after the populations they serve.