HLA Scholars Programme 2021-22 Application Portal

The Healthcare Leadership Academy is delighted to announce that the annual application period for our landmark scholars programme will open on 1st March 2021. In this, our fifth year of running the programme, we are proud to announce we are offering even more places to outstanding applicants across the medical, nursing and allied health professions. This year, the Programme is formally supported by Medics.Academy, Health Education England North East, Health Education England South West and the Council of Deans of Health. It is also an Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) approved programme, permitting those who complete it eligibility to apply to become ILM members and fellows and gain post nominals. The whole programme has also been mapped against the Masters programme Medics.Academy runs in partnership with School of Medicine at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan). Specifically the programme is Clinical Practice, Management and Education, with the programme mapped against 20 credits in the Core Principles of Leadership module.


The HLA is recruiting 10 cohorts of scholars to start in September 2021. The cohorts will have contact sessions based primarily in one of the following locations: London, Newcastle, Bristol, Belfast, Edinburgh and Amsterdam and at least 3 virtual cohorts to allow increasing numbers of international scholars to join the programme. There will be approximately 10-15 scholars per cohort.

A total of 100 fully-funded scholarships will be available in this application round, with 30 places reserved for scholars within 2 years of completing their basic healthcare qualification (e.g. healthcare degree). The other 50 fully-funded places will be full competitive entry. The scholarships are worth £3000 each, covering all programme costs. Scholars are only required to cover their own travel or accommodation. In addition to the 100 posts aforementioned, a further small number of unfunded and partial Scholarship places will be available based on competitive entry and full or partial self-funding.

We are very grateful to Namita Kumar, Aly Williamson and their team at Health Education England North East (HEE NE) and Jane Thurlow, Anne Elliott and the team at Health Education England, Severn Deanery, Louise Dubras for supporting HLA Belfast, and our partners Medics.Academy, who facilitate our ability to offer 100 scholarships for free.

                                                 Who can apply?

All programmes will be open to applications from medical, nursing, dental and allied health professional students, doctors, and healthcare professionals on the GMC, GDC, NMC or HCPC registers or equivalent from your country of practice or residence. We welcome international applications to any and all cohorts.

HEE NE has specifically sponsored 14 scholarships for doctors from CT1/ST1 or CT2/ST2 to  ST3+ to CCT, of an HEE NE training programme. HEE Severn have sponsored 10 places for ST3+ to CCT doctors on a HEE SW programme.

Please read the person specification carefully before starting your application. The person specification can be found here.

                                      How long is the programme?

The programme will last twelve months with 8 mandatory contact days in each programme. It is delivered through a combination of webinars, assignments, online content and in person sessions. There will be a range of speakers, tutors, mentors and workshop hosts that will deliver a series of content.

While transport and accommodation won’t be funded with the scholarship, the teaching and learning costs will be fully covered. Self-funded individuals will need to cover all or part of their costs if offered a place.

The programme covers the 6 domains of The Healthcare Leadership Academy (HLA) framework:

  • The Leader as a Communicator
  • The Leader as a Manager
  • The Leader as a Negotiator
  • The Leader as an Innovator and Entrepreneur
  • The Leader as a Follower
  • The Leader as a Philosopher                                      

                                     What's expected of scholars?

Scholars will be expected to develop a project over the course of their year. Previous projects have reached national prominence, winning prizes, publications and presentations at national events including at the House of Lords. Participants will also have opportunities to be introduced to key leaders and individuals that will help challenge their thinking and support them in the development of their projects.

Check out some of our scholars projects below!

The Course Directors

Johann  Malawana
Johann Malawana
Founder and Director of The Healthcare Leadership Academy and Medics.Academy
Johann has been in leadership roles for more than 18 years.

Johann is currently the Founder and CEO of Medics.Academy, the Founder and Managing Director of The HLA and the former Lead for Education and Training at Healthcare UK at the Department for International Trade.

Johann is best known as the former chair of the Junior Doctors Committee of the British Medical Association. However, he has held a variety of roles over 18 years.

George is an Imperial Public Health Registrar. He was one of the top scoring applicants for the AFP across the country, and has since presented national courses on 'Success in Medical School', 'Preparing for the AFP', and 'Preparing for the PSA.' He is the Senior Director of the Healthcare Leadership Academy.

About the Organisation

The Healthcare Leadership Academy
The Healthcare Leadership Academy

  • Nurturing Leadership – working with healthcare students and young professionals to develop our healthcare 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


  • The 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.


The 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.