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NIHR awards three contracts to deliver a fresh and innovative Leaders Support and Development Programme

The awarding of three new contracts was announced today as part of the updated NIHR Leaders Support and Development Programme. The programme supports leaders within the NIHR and is part of an investment by the Department of Health and Social Care of approximately £2.3m in health research leadership development.

The contracts for three complimentary activities were awarded to Capp and Co, The Oakridge Centre Ltd and KPMG following a competitive procurement process.

Professor Dave Jones, Dean for the NIHR Academy said: “To ensure we are able to tackle complex health and care challenges, today and in the future, it is vital we support our research leaders and develop those who are currently establishing their careers.

“We have taken a new approach with this programme to ensure we can continue and improve on the work the NIHR is already undertaking, to fund high quality research to improve health, provide world-class research facilities, work closely with the life sciences industry and charities and involve patients and the public at every step.”

The programme will be managed by the newly established NIHR Academy and is open to researchers and senior managers supported by the NIHR. Applications will be accepted when the programme is launched in Spring 2019.

The procurement process to provide leadership training, coaching and learning resources for 2019-21 was launched in June 2018 by NIHR Academy and the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. Three contracts have been awarded:

  • Capp and Co have been awarded the contract for a future-focused leadership and management programme for NIHR Leaders and NIHR Emerging Leaders.
  • The Oakridge Centre Ltd have been awarded the contract to develop a suite of modular resources for leadership and management development.
  • KPMG have been awarded the contract to provide coaching and facilitation support for NIHR strategic initiatives.

The NIHR has invested in a leadership programme since 2009. It has already developed over 900 health and care research leaders who work to make sure that NIHR-funded research is carried out effectively and delivers its full potential to increase public health and prosperity.

Chris Slater, Associate Director of Commercial & Procurement at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust (LTHT) said: "LTHT is delighted to have supported the contract and procurement process of the NIHR Leaders Support and Development Programme to provide leadership training. The overarching aims of the programme, to improve the value of healthcare research for patients and the public, closely align with those of the LTHT and I look forward to its launch next year."

Stephanie Hopper, Head of Talent Solutions at Capp, said: “Capp are delighted to be awarded the contract to develop a leadership programme aligned with the future direction of the NIHR. With over 10 years of global experience in complex and innovative development and assessment solutions,  Capp are well positioned to deliver this exciting programme and we look forward to working with NIHR and its leaders.”

Brigit Egan and Mark Burbridge, MD’s of The Oakridge Centre Limited said: “As a business built on values of integrity, outcome focus and excellence, we are delighted to be awarded a contract to develop a suite of modular leadership and management resources for the NIHR. We are really excited to have the opportunity of working closely with the NIHR Academy in creating innovative and highly practical leadership and management resources. “

Karena Starkie-Gomez, Programme Director, KPMG People Consulting, said: “We’re delighted to be awarded the contract for facilitation and coaching to support strategic NIHR initiatives. We look forward to furthering our relationship working with NIHR.”

The  Leaders Support and Development Programme is being developed for its launch in spring 2019.