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We are delighted that we are again able to offer an opportunity for our members to access funding (grants) though the Leadership Development Fund.

The NHS Long Term Plan outlines ambitions to transform health and care over the next decade with the outcome to make measurable improvements in population health and to reduce health inequalities. Improving health and reducing health inequalities will be impacted by progress in integrated care systems. To support this agenda, our conversations with members, including grant recipients, and with other partners highlight the continued appetite for ‘place based’ approaches to development. Our Leadership Development Fund is a key enabler to place based leadership development interventions, aiding local systems to innovate and test different approaches to emerging leadership development challenges.

Building on the learning and feedback from the previous leadership development funding we have streamlined and simplified the process to an ‘Expression of Ideas’ (EOI) in the first instance. This will enable us to:-

  • Identify ideas that we can immediately fund following an application process.
  • Feedback on ideas that are not eligible and cannot go forward to the application phase.
  • Utilise our leadership development expertise to help shape fledgling leadership development ideas which are eligible. With the focus on working in a consultancy capacity to connect, explore and shape a potential leadership offer which supports one, some or all of our strategic priorities.
  • Identify connections and recurrent themes across EOIs, organisations and localities to ensure efficiency in allocating funding in new, sustainable approaches to maximise reach across the North West.
Next Steps

We are asking for members to share initial ideas focusing upon supporting leadership development at a locality or system level, and which meet the eligibility criteria. Please note your submission of an EOI is not a guarantee of funding.

All EOIs will be reviewed by our expert leadership team. We will contact all submissions to -

  • Confirm eligibility to proceed to the application stage or not.
  • Connect individuals and organisations where there are synergies.
  • Offer a consultancy phone call with one of our leadership experts to facilitate further exploration if needed.

We actively encourage leadership development ideas which are framed from a systems perspective and welcome EOIs from a collaborative of organisations (as appropriate from the wider sector), provided the lead applicant is an NHS NWLA member. 

NB. Previous grant recipients may apply subject to NHS NWLA having received a completed evaluation.

All EOIs must be reviewed against:

  • The NHS NWLA national and regional strategic priorities: Talent; System Leadership; Inclusion; Clinical Leadership; Primary Care; Health and Wellbeing.
  • Focus on leadership development which shapes and shifts leadership behaviours required to work in a continuously changing landscape, with the development of new and integrated organisations and partnerships. 
  • Focus 'in-place' i.e. for a defined population, geographical area, neighbourhood.
  • Focus upon scale and reach of high-quality, high-impact, leaders and leadership development opportunities.

We are unable to fund:

  • Core costs for your organisation which are not directly connected to the leadership intervention (for example existing staff, backfill, rent, equipment etc).
  • Leadership interventions outside our funding priorities which are not connected to leadership development.
  • Retrospective funding.
  • IT or digital technology including IT platforms.
  • Costs beyond the end of the leadership intervention.
Potential Funding

Funding will reflect upon the scale and complexity of an EOI; we invite submission of ideas for a grant focused on organisational leadership development, through to ideas that are targeted at leadership development in the context of wider localities, and for geographical footprints.  

Funds are available to:-

  • Member organisations / (including Federated GPs) 
  • Neighbourhood / Primary Care Networks
  • System wide; which is inclusive of the wider public sector

NB: we are unable to fund development interventions in individual GP Practices.

If you have any questions at all please do not hesitate to get in touch via

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