Who is this development programme for?

This development programme aims to empower people from under-represented groups (e.g. ethnicity, gender, disability and LGBT+) by giving them the skills to overcome the barriers that they face in their working lives. These barriers, which were identified during our research, including the safe-house and open-house discussions, frequently prevent such people in Band 7-8B roles from progressing into Band 8B+ roles.

After completion of this programme, candidates should feel confident to step-up into more senior positions and to apply to our other existing senior talent management programmes.

How does it work?

Maximum participant number: 25

Level: Band 7-8B

Application process: self-nomination or nomination by line-manager / sponsor via application. Application must include a personal statement about who you are, your story so far, where you want to get to in your career and the barriers you have identified that you want to overcome. Applications must come with a letter of recommendation from finance director / line manager. 

Format: The programme will be delivered at 3 event days spread over 3 months. One facilitator for all 3 days with individual speakers invited to present. The agenda will include sessions from guest speakers and leaders in the field, and will be interactive with practical workshops to reflect, feedback and to develop skills.

Participants will be expected to arrange in-between ‘check-in’ days with a nominated 'Course Leader' and there will be some homework to complete in-between each event day which delegates must bring along with them on days 2 and 3.


  • Building confidence and resilience – being your authentic self
  • Recognising barriers to diversity and inclusion and how to overcome these
  • Gaining the confidence to challenge discrimination and perceived inequalities in the workplace
  • Exploring unconscious bias
  • Sponsorship and its benefits to personal development
  • Upskilling to work within inherently biased environments

The Programme

The draft programme can be viewed by using the right hand side link.

When and where?

This is a national programme and the event dates include:

  • Thursday 12th December 2019 - central London
  • Tuesday 21st January 2020 - central Leeds
  • Thursday 13th February 2020 - central Birmingham

Venues and further details will be confirmed closer to the time.

All participants who apply for the programme must be available to attend all three dates. 

How do I apply?

We are now accepting applications to join the programme! To apply, please download the application form from the RHS of this page and email it to futurefocusedfinance@nhs.net, along with a letter of recommendation from your finance director / line manager.  Applications will be reviewed and shortlisted before being accepted onto the course.

Depending on the volume of applications received, we may request that applicants attend a panel-style interview before being accepted onto the course.