Aspiring Chief Executive programme

The role of the chief executive in healthcare has never been more important. How we appoint to such posts – and help our chief executives to be successful ‘in role’ – is one of the NHS’s most important leadership issues.

The Aspiring chief executive programme is a collaboration between NHS Improvement, NHS Providers and  the NHS Leadership Academy. It was created in 2014 to ensure a strong, ongoing, pipeline of candidates for the role of NHS trust chief executive.

The programme is designed to prepare those with the potential to become chief executives in the next 12-24 months for these key roles. 

The programme has had two cohorts who graduated in 2017. Of the 28 participants so far, 9 have gone on to become trust chief executives. Providing the right leadership support for these individuals will be key to ensuring they have the right skills, attitudes and behaviours to build a better NHS. 

The programme will enable you to:


Our Aspiring chief executives report includes perspectives from a number of participants, who discuss their experience and the impact the programme has had on themselves, colleagues and the system.

If you are interested in finding out more about the programme, register your interest here.

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