High Potential Scheme

The High Potential Scheme (HPS) is a new, innovative and funded, 24-month career development scheme to help high potential, aspiring middle level clinical or non-clinical leaders accelerate their career to senior executive roles at a faster pace.

Developed by the NHS Leadership Academy, it is currently in a pilot phase with co-design, development, and introduction taking place in partnership with seven Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships (STP) and Integrated Care System (ICS) areas across England.

Together for Devon will be recruiting 20 High Potential Scheme participants to commence their development programme.

Advance notice of applications opening will be well publicised and links to apply will be published on this page at that time.


If you are a middle-level clinical or non-clinical leader (bands 8a-8d) with the potential and interest to progress into a senior leadership role in health and care, the new High Potential Scheme offers a uniquely tailored two-year career development opportunity.

You’ll develop the knowledge, skills and behaviours to become an outstanding, compassionate and inclusive senior leader across health and care.

As part of the programme, participants will be matched with a career coach who will help shape a unique and innovative two-year programme of experience focusing on gaining practical leadership experience in a range of roles and settings, and strategic experience through assignments and projects.

Applicants for the High Potential Scheme must:

  • Work in a Devon partner organisation and be working in a health and care role;
  • Be a middle level leader i.e. AfC 8A-8D or equivalent in other pay structures, clinical or non-clinical;
  • Be interested in progressing their career to senior leadership roles e.g. board or governing body level;
  • Be ready and willing to learn and develop their leadership skills and behaviours;
  • Be able to demonstrate compassionate and inclusive leadership values and style;
  • Be working towards one of the two career transitions identified for the High Potential Scheme.

Diversity and inclusion

Diversity and inclusion are at the heart of the High Potential Scheme, so middle level clinical or non-clinical leaders from underrepresented groups such as BAME, LGBTQ+, female, and those with disabilities are encouraged to apply – mirroring the richness and diversity of the health and care workforce.

We are also able to offer additional support throughout the application process to applicants who are from underrepresented groups. To access this support, please .

How to apply

To apply for the High Potential Scheme, you are required to:

  • Read all information for applicants and supporting documentation
  • Complete an online application form including your career stage self-assessment
  • Complete an online potential diagnostic
  • Attend an assessment centre comprising of an interview and scenario exercise.

All documents are available in the top right of this page.

Before applying, you’ll need to seek the support of your line manager or another senior sponsor within your organisation. Line managers/sponsors will be required to support your learning and development throughout the scheme. 

If you are currently on secondment, please ensure that you also obtain the support of your substantive line manager or organisation before applying for the High Potential Scheme.

If you are having difficulties identifying or obtaining a sponsor, please .

As this is a pilot scheme, we are only able to take forward 84 applications through the assessment process. We reserve the right to close the application window early if we receive a high volume of applications. If you have any queries about this, please contact us.

Contact us

To find out more about the High Potential Scheme, please email us or call Donna Miljus (High Potential Scheme Project Manager) on 01803 655 449.