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NIHR Leaders Support and Development Programme

The NIHR Leaders Support and Development Programme seeks to maintain and improve the quality of leadership in health and social care research. We aim to do this by meeting the development needs of current leaders and early to mid-career researchers within the NIHR, whose focus is aligned with the strategic priorities of the NIHR.

Our programme embodies in its design, structure, and approach the NIHR’s commitment to equality, diversity, and inclusion.  This new programme is being rolled out during 2020 and will have a fresh, tailored and innovative design. It will consist of: 

  • Future-focused leadership programme. This is for NIHR Leaders and NIHR Emerging Research Leaders. See below.
  • Coming soon: Modular Resources for Leaders. A suite of modular resources for leadership and management development
  • Coming soon: Coaching and Facilitation Support. Facilitation and coaching support for strategic initiatives within NIHR
  • Coming soon: Engagement activities for NIHR’s leadership community

The following information on this page relates to the Future-Focused Leadership Programme.

The new Future-Focused Leadership Programme enables you to develop your capabilities and effectiveness as a leader by identifying and reflecting on your strengths and areas for development.

The programme is arranged into two streams, targeting distinct groups of Leaders:

1. The Emerging Research Leaders stream is for early to mid-career researchers on an academic track, who are taking up their first significant leadership and management roles. This programme will enable you to collaboratively explore management and leadership in health research and what it means at an individual, team, institution and system level in order to improve your leadership and management capability.

 2. The Leaders stream is for current leaders based within NIHR or delivering a national role for NIHR. You will be developing into or taking up leadership roles at a senior level, facing significant leadership challenges, where support will be most needed and impactful. This programme will enhance your skills in leading across organisational boundaries, leading strategy and change and influencing others to achieve the strategic aims of NIHR.

The Success Framework

The Future-Focused Leadership programme has been developed specifically for the NIHR following an in-depth analysis to understand what makes a successful leader and offers you the opportunity to explore new thinking on how to lead in the 21st century. The programme has been created with reference to years of research in the fields of occupational psychology and applied positive psychology.

The programme is designed around exploring Leading Yourself, Leading Others and Leading Beyond Authority.

Programme Format

The Future-Focused Leadership Programme extends over a period of twelve months and consists of three residential workshops, webinars and online modules. You will be able to apply the insights you uncover and the new skills you learn to your current role throughout the year and will be encouraged to network and share your experience and learning with fellow delegates.


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Future Focused Leadership Programme: Application Guidance for Leaders

Application guidance for the Future Focused Leadership Programme leaders stream.

Future Focused Leadership Programme - FAQ

FAQs for cohort 3 of the Future Focused Leadership Programme.

Strengthening our commitment to equality, diversity, inclusion and patient and public involvement and engagement (PPIE)

Information for NIHR public contributors on new Standard Application Form (SAF) changes

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