Senior Internship for Women Leaders – NHS Improvement

NHS Improvement and The Whitehall & Industry Group are pleased to invite senior women leaders in the NHS, from across England, to apply for tailor-made internships in a non-NHS industry, where they'll be supported to prepare for executive director roles, develop their leadership style and improve their effectiveness.

The award of the six-month long internships is being made to mark Ed Smith’s departure from his role as Chair of NHS Improvement earlier this year.

The successful applicants will be supported by The Whitehall & Industry Group, which has a track record of developing talented individuals with the potential to reach top leadership roles. The Whitehall & Industry Group’s process involves identifying an intern’s strengths and personal development objectives and matching them with the most appropriate non-NHS organisation to meet these. The host then provides a custom-built, senior role that maximises the use of the intern’s current skills and expertise, and allows them to develop transferable skills.

You are eligible to apply if you are a woman working as a senior leader, directly below Board level, which could include Associate Director in an NHS Trust or Foundation Trust. You are likely to be working in an AfC Band 8d or 9 role. The award will cover the cost of your salary to your employer. You will need to secure your organisation’s support to take up the internship early in FY 2018/19.

  • Eligibility criteria
    You are eligible to apply if you:

    • are a woman employed by an NHS trust or foundation trust
    • are currently working as a senior leader, directly below board level, which could include associate director, (you are currently likely to be working in an AfC Band 8d or 9 role)
    • aspire to a board role within two to three years
    • can take up a six-month placement (starting early in FY 2018/19) in a non-NHS organisation
    • can secure the support of your employer
    • are open to an internship some distance from where you live.

    Further information is available in the Guidance for applicants document (downloadable below).
  • Selection criteria
    Selection will be by application and interview, supported by a statement from an ‘advocate’. You will need to show that you:

    • are taking steps to prepare yourself for a board role within two to three years
    • have clear ideas about how you will make the most of this opportunity
    • have identified aspects of your leadership that you wish to work on
    • are reflective and can develop critical awareness of your personal approach to leadership
    • are ready to develop the skills, knowledge, attitudes and behaviours to succeed and operate successfully at executive level as part of an NHS board.

    Further information is available in the Guidance for applicants document, downloadable below.
  • Application Information (click here)

    Q. When do I need to submit my application and if successful, take up the placement?

    A. The Whitehall & Industry Group must receive your application by midnight, 13 November 2017. Applicants will hear whether they are being invited to an interview and seconders will be approached by Christmas.

    Interviews will be held in London during week commencing 15 or 22 January. The successful candidates will be informed in January, to allow them to give sufficient notice before starting the internship early in FY 2018/19.

    Between January and April 2018 they will be expected to participate in The Whitehall & Industry Group’s process to secure a bespoke internship in the most appropriate organisation. This will involve:

    • initial meeting with The Whitehall & Industry Group to discuss internship objectives, business case and potential host organisations;
    • meeting with potential host organisations to discuss the internship (sometimes this is more akin to an interview)
    • working with The Whitehall & Industry Group to identify the most suitable host
    • once the internship has started, catching up with The Whitehall & Industry Group to discuss progress

    Q. Who can I contact to find out more?

    A.  Please send initial queries to [email protected]

    Q. How do I apply?

    Upload your completed Application Form (downloadable below), with a copy of your CV and Equalities Monitoring Form (downloadable below) via the 'Apply Now' link at the top of this page. Individuals applying will need to create a WIG account. Alternatively, please email your documentation to: [email protected]

    If you have any difficulties accessing or using this form please contact The Whitehall & Industry Group either via email ([email protected]) or on 0207 222 1166 and we will advise on alternative ways of applying.

    WIG NHS Improvement Guidance Document WIG NHS Improvement Application Form WIG Equalities Monitoring Form