Midlands Leadership Academy

Our Talent Team Offer

Aspirant Directors – Talent Pool Offer

As part of the Aspire Together assessment process, the Midlands has established talent pools of aspirant directors assessed as ready now, ready soon and ready later. These pools comprise of individuals that have the behaviours, skills and aspirations to move to the next level in their career as a board level leader.
We’re working hard to build our support offer for Aspirant Directors in the Midlands Talent Pools to support them realise their career ambitions and our package of support includes the following:

Coaching and Mentoring
The Midlands Leadership Academy has a register of trained NHS coaches and you can register as a coachee here. Once registered, you will be able to view coaching profiles and select a preferred coach.
You can also access mentoring via the Academy, you can register as a mentee here. If you are an aspiring director and are unable to find a mentor suitable for your needs on the register, the Midlands Talent Team have a small number of executive director mentors. You can find out more about this by contacting the team: [email protected]

Career Development Workshops and Resources
New for 2021, we will be hosting a range of virtual career development workshops aimed at aspirant directors – events to be listed on the events page shortly. These short and practical sessions will focus on critical career management aspects including: interview skills for senior leaders; understanding your personal career ambitions; career stories from senior leaders and motivations to support progression and transitioning from deputy to executive board leader.
We will also be creating a range of career management resources so that you can reflect upon your career aspirations and plans in a time most convenient for you.
If you’re an aspirant director thinking about your next career move now to an executive director position, you may find this career workbook helpful to support you in your career move:

Midlands and East Executive Talent Scheme
The Midlands and East Executive Talent Pool scheme was launched in 2017. The aim of the scheme is a simple one: we want to develop a diverse talent pool of individuals who can be appointed into executive-level posts in providers across the Midlands and East region, on either a stretch assignment or secondment basis with a support package supporting career development.
The scheme was paused during COVID and plans are underway to re-launch the scheme in early 2021. More information will be updated here when available but please do contact us if you want to find out more: [email protected]

Executive Director Pathway Scheme
This new national scheme aims to support the career development of those aspirant directors in regional ready now and ready soon talent pools in five uni professions:
• Nursing
• Medical
• Chief Operating Officer
• Workforce/HR
• Finance

It will run for 12-24 months and will adopt a 70/20/10 approach – 70% on the job learning via stretch assignment, 20% informal learning via coaching, mentoring and action learning and 10% classroom learning delivered through masterclasses and workshops.
Applications for the scheme will be open in the New Year and information on how to apply will be updated here when details are available, do contact the team to find out more should you wish to: [email protected]

Networking and Action Learning Sets
We will run networking and action learning sets events Midlands talent pool members. These events will feature speakers sharing their career stories, practical career management advice, national and regional updates and most importantly, a chance to connect with your peers across the Midlands region to support and learn from each other via action learning. Please contact the team for more details.

Share your Executive Director vacancies

We have a talent pool of aspirant directors who have been assessed as ready now to step into executive director roles.

If you are an organisation or system that has a board level vacancy that you wish to raise awareness of to our talent pool of ready now aspirant directors, please do get in touch providing details of the vacancy.

Talent Management Support to Systems and Organisations

We will work collaboratively with systems and organisations to facilitate innovation and improvement in talent management.

Details of how we will do that and the activity that will underpin it is summarised below.

Communities of Practice for Systems and Organisations

We plan to host up to four Community of Practice Sessions per year for system and organisation leads that have responsibility talent management. These facilitated sessions will provide a platform for peers to exchange ideas, share case studies, collaborate and gain knowledge. Dates for these sessions to be confirmed shortly.

Develop Talent Management Practitioner Capability

Working with our national colleagues, we will continue to support the development of talent management capability through sharing learning, hosting masterclasses and designing resources to support effective talent management practice.

Talent Management Toolkit and Resources

A whole host of tools, resources and templates have been developed to support talent management practitioners to embed successful talent management culturally and operationally. These include talent review templates and guidance, strategy templates, slide packs to engage board leaders and line managers and much much more.

You can view and download all of the available resources here

Talent Management Case Studies and Innovation

If you have a story or a case study to share that demonstrates how your organisation or system have implemented great talent management practice, we’d love to hear about it.

Our aim moving forward will be to act as conduit for the region to share great practice to support the spread, adoption and dissemination of innovation.