About the Application Portal
The annual application for our Scholars Programme 2022-2023 is now closed. However, the application portal will be open through out the year accepting applications which will be considered for the next year 2023-2024 intake.

The Healthcare Leadership Academy is delighted to announce that the annual application period for our landmark scholars programme is now open. In this cycle, 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 Medics.Academy postgraduate programme. This programme is delivered by Medics.Academy leading to enrolment and issuance of a postgraduate ceritificate by the 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 scholars to join the programme in September 2022. 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.

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 and allied health professional students, doctors, and healthcare professionals on the 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 in the ‘How to Apply’ section within the application portal

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 is 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 Programme Directors

Johann Malawana

Founder and Director of The Healthcare Leadership Academy and Medics.Academy

Johann has been in leadership roles for more than 18years. Johann is currently the Founder and the 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 of International Trade. Through The Leadership Academy, Johann hopes to support healthcare professionals to feel more comfortable in leadership roles, to assist them through the diverse and vibrant community

Dr. George Miller

George is an Imperial Public Health Registrar and Emergency Medicine Doctor. As Director-General, he takes responsibility for the HLA Scholars’ programme, as well as chairing the HLA Research Collaborative. He is also an Honorary University Lecturer, a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management, lead for the Intermediate Leadership Programme and a Senior Project Manager at Medics.Academy. ​He was one of the top scoring applicants for the AFP, CST and Public Health Training 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 currently conducting policy research at the Department of Social Policy and Intervention, University of Oxford