Mid and South Essex High Potential Scheme

Career aspirations have been given a boost in mid and south Essex thanks to the launch of an innovative leadership development programme.

Mid and South Essex Health and Care Partnership is one of only seven in the country to team up with the NHS Leadership Academy to launch a High Potential Scheme.

The scheme is designed to support aspiring clinical and non clinical leaders working across health and care organisations within our Partnership to make the move to senior roles at an accelerated pace.

Fully funded, the two year career development programme will see participants matched with a career coach and help them gain practical leadership experience in a range of roles and settings and develop their strategic skills through a variety of projects.

The scheme forms part of the Partnership’s Integrated Health and Care Workforce Strategy which aims to support how our organisations work together to maximise our approach to talent management and career development for our staff.

We are  recruiting 20 High Potential Scheme participants to commence their development programme in September 2020.

Applications will be open on Monday 9 March 2020 and will close on Friday 17 April 2020. Please apply for the High Potential Scheme via the Leadership Academy website.


If you are a middle level clinical or non-clinical leader with the potential and interest to progress into a senior leadership role in health and care, the new High Potential Scheme offers a uniquely tailored two-year career development opportunity. You’ll develop the knowledge, skills and behaviours to become an outstanding, compassionate and inclusive senior leader across health and care.

Applicants for the High Potential Scheme must:

  • work in the Mid and South Essex Health and Care Partnership and be working in a health or care role;
  • be a middle level leader i.e. Agenda for Change bands 8a-8d or equivalent in other pay structures, clinical or non-clinical;
  • be interested in progressing their career to senior leadership roles e.g. board or governing body level;
  • be ready and willing to learn and develop their leadership skills and behaviours;
  • be able to demonstrate compassionate and inclusive leadership values and style;
  • be working towards one of the two career transitions identified for the High Potential Scheme.

Diversity and inclusion

Diversity and inclusion are at the heart of the High Potential Scheme, so middle level clinical or non-clinical leaders from underrepresented groups such as BAME staff, staff who identify as LGBT+, women, and those with disabilities are encouraged to apply – mirroring the richness and diversity of the health and care workforce.

We are also able to offer additional support throughout the application process to applicants who are from underrepresented groups. If you would like to access this support, please email:


 How to apply

To apply for the High Potential Scheme, you are required to:

  • read all information for applicants and supporting documentation;
  • complete an online application form including your career stage self-assessment;
  • complete an online potential diagnostic;
  • attend an assessment centre comprising of an interview and scenario exercise.

Before applying, you’ll need to seek the support of your line manager or another senior sponsor within your organisation. Line managers/sponsors will be required to support your learning and development throughout the scheme. If you are currently on secondment, please ensure that you also obtain the support of your substantive line manager or organisation before applying for the High Potential Scheme. If you are having difficulties identifying or obtaining a sponsor, please send an email to:


Please note, as this is a pilot scheme we are only able to take forward 60 applications through the assessment process of which 20 people will be accepted. As a result, we reserve the right to close the application window early if we receive a high volume of applications. If you have any queries about this, please contact us.

Key dates

Applications open: 9 March 2020 to 17 April 2020

Confirm scheme eligibility: 13 April 2020 to 24 April 2020

Complete online potential diagnostic: 4 May 2020 to 22 May 2020

Should applicants progress to the Assessment Centre stage they will be invited to attend a half day assessment during this period: 18 May 2020 to 5 June 2020

Notification to applicants of assessment process outcome: 29 June 2020 to 10 July 2020

Cohort launch:  16 September 2020


To find out more about the High Potential Scheme please email,