About the Programme

Programme start dates:

  • 14th March 2022 (Apply on or before 31st January 2022)
  • 12th September 2022
  • 13th March 2023
  • 11th September 2023

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 practical programme, accredited both by a university and professional body, is worth 20 masters credits which can be used in one of our postgraduate programmes with our university partner. Completion of this programme will also make you eligible to become a Member of the Institute of Leadership and Management - equivalent to an ILM5 level qualification. 

The curriculum: Course content

The programme covers the six domains of The HLA framework. The following curriculum 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 year but can be completed in 6 months. The programme will require a minimum of four hours of your time each week.  

  • 70 hours of reading and online learning content

  • 30 hours of tutor facilitation of the project development

  • 20 hours exploration of interest and career coaching and development

  • 100 hours on facilitated leadership project



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. 


Candidates will be able to join the programme in September and March each year. Assessment will be through delivery of a practical project, a series of video presentation submissions and a series of multimedia assignments.


Due to this programme granting Masters level credits, you will be required to demonstrate eligibility criteria for your enrolment. The criteria are:


  • Graduates of Medicine in their Foundation Year (or equivalent)  or above; for international students this is the equivalent for a first year doctor 

  • Students must have a UK honours degree (2:2 class or above) or equivalent, in a relevant subject; for international students this would be equivalent to a bachelor’s degree

  • Students must have sufficient competency in English language (IELTS Level 6.5 or equivalent) 

  • Students must be enthusiastic, organised, and autonomous, preferably with prior experience of adult and distance learning  




Those who complete this course are eligible for membership of the Institute of Leadership and Management (with the postnominals MInstLM). The HLA Intermediate Leadership Level 1 programme is £2,200 for the programme, with the assumption that you complete the programme within the year. 

There is an annual fee following the programme of £240 a year which covers your membership fee of the Institute of Leadership and Management (MInstLM 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 the Intermediate Level 1 programme and then subsequently applies to become a HLA Scholar, they will be able to use their scholar year to complete their Intermediate level 2 component. 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. 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 the Intermediate Level 1 programme in their application. 

If you would like to find out more about the programme, you can email info@thehealthcareleadership.academy and one of the team will be happy to answer any questions you may have. 

About the Organisation

The Healthcare Leadership Academy

AimsNurturing Leadership – working with healthcare students and young professionals to develop our healthcare leaders of the futureFostering Frontline Innovation – engaging, developing and guiding clinicians to deliver innovative solutionsEmpowering and Valuing the Next Generation of Clinical Leaders – supporting our clinicians to use their talent effectivelyValuesThe Healthcare Leadership Academy values accessibility and equity and believes all healthcare professionals should have the means to learn about and engage in leadership activities; at any level and at any time.The Healthcare Leadership Academy 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.BackgroundThe Healthcare Leadership Academy formed in response to demand from young clinicians and medical students to learn about leadership.Founded by Dr Johann Malawana (Managing Director), 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.

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