Emerging System Leaders Programme (ESLP) – Introduction

Emerging System Leaders Programme (ESLP) – Introduction


The ESLP is a new and inclusive system leadership development programme that offers an exciting opportunity to ambitious mid-level leaders to broaden and develop their leadership skills and knowledge. It is a Hertfordshire and West Essex (HWE) system wide programme and demonstrates the commitment of HWE ICS system partners to support and advance the careers of our mid-level professionals from health, care and the wider public sector across our footprint and aims to ensure we develop inclusive and diverse senior leadership for our system.

ESLP aims to accelerate your career progression – aiming for progression to more senior leadership roles within 1-2 years and an Executive Director role within 3-6 years.  It is a standalone career development programme, but participation may provide a pathway to the highly acclaimed HWE Accelerated Director Development Programme (ADDS).

Who is it for?

Those who will benefit the most are mid-level leaders from all partnership organisations who are looking to develop their skills and confidence to lead services across a wider system and who have the potential and aspiration to progress their careers to a more senior level. We are committed to the development and progression of leaders from diverse backgrounds.
• If you are someone who embodies compassion and collaboration, possesses a drive to lead change and achieve remarkable results, and who thrives on building strong relationships to enhance performance then you are the ideal candidate for ESLP.
• Typically, ESLP will benefit leaders at Band 8b/c levels within Agenda for Change; clinicians who are currently in Consultant, GP or SAS roles; Grades 15 and above within social care. Exceptional leaders outside of these levels with the potential to progress to an executive director role may also benefit from ESLP

Overview of ESLP development opportunities.

ESLP is a 12-month programme.  As well as formal learning, the programme provides hands-on experiential learning, invaluable coaching skills, system leader mentoring, and group reflective practice. You will tailor your own personal development plan to address your unique learning gaps and aspirations. The figures below demonstrate the core and optional modules and the programme timeline

Application Process

This programme does not require participants to hold any formal qualifications.  It would be of benefit to have undertaken development that has included an understanding of self & impact on others and using reflective practice to learn & grow.

Next Steps

Nomination Process 2nd – 13th October – For further information please discuss with the HRD Lead within your organisation to find out how you can apply for this exciting new programme.

Download the following documents for further information on ESLP

Page last reviewed: 28 September 2023