You can find out more about the programme by reading our frequently asked questions:


Who is it for?

The programme is for individuals who aspire to lead and make a difference who are currently enrolled in the first or second year of their pre-registration undergraduate studies or are a first-year pre-registration postgraduate student in nursing, midwifery or one of the allied health professions. We encourage applications from all four nations and all backgrounds.

How many places are there?

There are 50 places on offer for the 2021 programme.

In partnership with Health Education England (HEE), we will also have an additional 5 places for students based in England from vulnerable allied health professions including orthoptics, prosthetics and orthotics, podiatry, and therapeutic radiography. These students will be offered additional support with HEE.

How will I learn?

The programme provides a combination of supported individual learning as well as team work and collaborative projects. It seeks to challenge students to demonstrate various leadership skills and encourage them to test their ability to embody a leadership role and act accordingly with experienced leaders to provide them with constructive feedback. Sharing with and learning from each other features strongly across the whole programme as does networking and innovative activities from drama techniques to drawing. Reflective practice forms a strong part of the programme.

What difference will the programme make?

By participating in the programme students will:

  • Acquire the tools and skills necessary to help them achieve their ambition as a leader;
  • Better understand their strengths and how to build on them;
  • Gain confidence in their skills and increase their self-awareness;
  • Understand the variety of possible leadership styles and establish their own; and
  • Build strong networks and relationships across the sector

How much does it cost to attend?

The Student Leadership Programme is co-funded by the Council of Deans of Health and Burdett Trust for Nursing through a three-year grant to develop sector leaders. Thanks to this support, places for successful applicants are fully subsidised and there are no charges for the selected students to participate in the programme.

What’s included in the programme?

  • Travel costs to and from the venue of events, accommodation (where required) and all meals during the events
  • The events programme including guest speakers from healthcare and higher education senior leadership roles, interactive sessions and networking
  • All programme material and resources
  • Access to the online community of practice and dedicated social media interaction
  • Travel costs of up to £80 for each student to travel to meet their coach

How will I know if I’ve been successful?

Applicants for the 2021 programme will be informed by the end of June 2021, whether you have gained a place or if you were not successful. Please be patient with us, as we have hundreds of applications to assess and consider carefully to ensure we select the right students for the programme.