The Healthcare Leadership Academy Conference 2020

The Healthcare Leadership Academy annual conference has grown along with the HLA itself to become a key event for scholars and passionate healthcare professionals to showcase their work to an international audience. While the coronavirus pandemic presents challenges that prevent us from hosting the event in the usual format it has also created opportunities to innovate and reconfigure what a conference can offer to its attendees and presenters.

Following on from the success of the Medical Education in the time of COVID-19 conference, which saw thousands of delegates attend directly as well as wider direct engagement with conference presentations and posters through social media, the HLA and Medics.Academy are excited to host this 2 day fully virtual conference.

The conference aims to provide inspiration, motivation and guidance to healthcare professionals and students who are passionate about leadership and innovation. Particularly in these unprecedented times there are new opportunities for disruption of the established structures and development of new ideas. We look forward to displaying and promoting your work and ideas to our delegates and through our social media platforms.

This virtual conference will be held on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd November.

The conference will run from 9:30am to 4:30pm BST on both days. 

Registration on this conference page will ensure you have access to both the pre-conference materials and subsequent post-conference materials. 

Joint Organisers

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.

Medics Academy
Medics Academy

We empower health professionals across the globe through innovative education and continued professional development.

We are driving a digital transformation of professional healthcare training and development and aim to make it accessible to those across the globe and most in need. We believe this platform can improve care and save lives.

Our team of doctors, engineers, artists and film-makers are creating an engaging platform to deliver the highest quality education available in the industry.

Chair of the Conference

Simon is a Core Surgical Trainee in the Severn Deanery and an HLA Scholar from the Bristol Cohort in 2019/20. 

Having served as Vice Chair of the 2019 Conference he is excited to take on the challenge of chairing the 2020 event, particularly given the unique challenges presented by the coronavirus pandemic.

He is passionate about medical education and empowering junior healthcare professionals to drive change.

The Programme

Oral Presentations
Poster Presentations

Medics.Academy Certification Policy

We offer many of our products and services for free. Our aim in offering content for free is to make education as accessible as possible where we can within. However, we reserve the right to issue certificates for recognition of participation, continuing professional development and for appraisal purposes limited to our subscription services and premium courses. This allows us to continue to invest in, and grow our programmes for the benefit of healthcare professionals and students. 

Certificates are provided upon completion of premium courses. Premium courses are paid courses. Certificates are also provided for all courses and activities completed by subscribers of premium programmes.  A list of premium programmes and how to request a certificate can be found here: 

If you attend any FREE events, you will need to be a subscriber of the related programme for that event in order to access the certificate of participation for that event. 

You can manage your subscriptions by following the instructions here: