Future Focused Leadership Programme - FAQ
How is the programme structured?
The programme incorporates a range of development opportunities including: residential workshops, 360 feedback activity, action learning sets, individual coaching and virtual reality coaching.
For cohort 3 there have been some adaptations made in light of COVID-19, including the first two residentials of the programme being converted to virtual experiences delivered across two days of online sessions.
The current programme design is for the third residential to be delivered on location over two days to provide an immersive learning experience, however, we will continue to monitor and review guidance in relation to COVID-19 and will adapt the delivery mechanism as appropriate.
What are the key programme dates?
|Activity||Emerging Research Leaders||Leaders|
|Launch Call||12th January 2021||12th January 2021|
|Residential 1 (virtual)||17th-18th March 2021||24th-25th March 2021|
|Residential 2 (virtual)||9th-10th June 2021||16th-17th June 2021|
|Action Learning Set 1||6th or 7th July 2021||13th, 14th or 15th July 2021|
|Residential 3 (on location)||8th-9th September 2021||15th-16th September 2021|
|Action Learning Set 2||12th or 13th October 2021||19th, 20th or 21st September 2021|
|Programme Close||8th February 2022||8th February 2022|
Am I a NIHR Academy Member?
We would consider you a NIHR Academy Member if you are:
(1) In receipt of funding from NIHR Academy, i.e. one of our fellowships.
(2) Based in NIHR Infrastructure or an NIHR School and meet all of the following criteria:
- You are undertaking a formal training/career development award, which should be competitive, include a training plan and have a defined end point - which could be an application for further funding
- You receive at least 25% funding by the NIHR Infrastructure for salary/stipend over the lifetime of the award. For CLAHRC trainees, NIHR CLAHRC funding plus matched funding should equal at least 25%
- You are hosted in a setting with a remit for research capacity development. This refers to BRCs, CLAHRCs, PSTRCs or SPCR.
How do I know which stream I am eligible for?
To be eligible for the Leaders stream you must:
- currently lead at a national level for NIHR or have demonstrable leadership influence as part of NIHR. For example, you might be a Chair or Co-Chair of a governance board, or leading an NIHR strategic work stream which involves different parts of NIHR/its partners
- be able to show how your leadership contribution relates to the strategic aims of NIHR
- able to identify leadership challenges from your NIHR role that you can work on as part of the programme.
To be eligible for the Emerging Research Leaders stream you must be:
- an early to mid-career researcher
- two years post doctorate
- an NIHR Academy Member.
My NIHR Academy award will come to an end in 2021 so am I still eligible to apply for the Emerging Leaders stream?
Your current post-doctoral funding or NIHR personal award must be active for the majority of the duration of the leadership programme therefore to apply for this cohort your award should not end before 31st October 2021.
Am I eligible if I attended the previous Leadership programme, delivered by Ashridge?
The target audiences for each stream of the programme are the same and the aims of the new programme are similar so you may not get anything new from this programme. We would therefore prioritise those who have not accessed that stream previously.
If you completed the trainee leadership programme previously and are now in a role where you are leading nationally for NIHR, you are eligible to apply for the FFLP Leaders stream.
How does the new programme differ from the previous leadership programme delivered by Ashridge?
The aims of the programme are very similar to the previous programme delivered by Ashridge, however it has been developed based on input from key stakeholders and is built around key leadership pillars.
The programme incorporates virtual workshops alongside a residential programme, alongside one in-person and virtual reality coaching.
Is the programme COVID-19 secure?
For cohort 3 there have been some adaptations made to the programme design in light of COVID-19, including the first two residentials of the programme being converted to virtual experiences delivered across two days of online sessions. The programme supplier are following the government guidelines on social distancing, and while the current programme design is for the third residential to be delivered on location over two days to provide an immersive learning experience we will continue to monitor and review guidance in relation to COVID-19 and will adapt the delivery mechanism as appropriate.
How do I book travel for FFLP activities?
Travel costs and arrangements are an individual’s responsibility and are not paid for or organised by NIHR.
Travel plans will need to be booked following your normal travel procedure and will be at your own/host institution’s cost unless you are a public member. Please discuss these arrangements with your supervisor or manager.
The third residential will be delivered on location: you will be responsible for travel arrangements, but the following will be included in the programme:
- Day 1 - Refreshments, lunch, evening meal and overnight accommodation
- Day 2 - Breakfast, refreshments, and lunch
What reasonable adjustments can be made?
Alternative carer or child-care costs:
- If you usually care for or support someone (for example a disabled person or a child) and attendance of a FFLP residential means that you would not be able to give the care or support to the person who normally receives this from you, we will reimburse reasonable costs of providing necessary alternative care whilst you are away. You will need to discuss any arrangement in advance, and be able to provide evidence of the costs, such as an invoice.
- If it is necessary for an informal (unpaid) carer (such as a relative or friend) to accompany you on to a FFLP residential, they will be permitted to share your accommodation and their travel expenses will be covered.
Personal assistants and support workers:
- If you use a personal assistant (PA) or support worker to accompany you, their expenses and costs can also be covered. Please discuss any such arrangement in advance. For NIHR Academy to reimburse these costs you will need to provide evidence of the expenditure, such as an invoice. We can also pay the personal assistant or support worker directly.
What happens if I can’t attend one of the programme residentials or activities?
In applying for the programme, you are expected to ensure that you have availability to attend all of the residentials and activities highlighted in the table of key dates. However, we accept that extenuating circumstances may arise which may prevent your attendance. In such an instance, we would expect you to give as much notice as possible: you will be expected to contact the programme provider to discuss the situation and determine the best approach going forward.