Health Education England

Talent Management

NHS staff are all talented and we value the diversity of skills, expertise and potential that all staff offer to deliver and improve patient care. We want staff to feel valued and recognised for their contributions, to be fulfilled in their work and to have the opportunity to build knowledge, expertise and leadership capabilities in order to develop their chosen career in the NHS. 

Why do talent management?

  • To be successful in today’s complex, health and social care system means effectively identifying, developing and retaining our talented staff.

  • For services to thrive and continuously improve we need to develop a talent pipeline able to support new leadership, skill development and succession planning.
  • To be able to respond quickly to the rapidly changing needs of our patients and the services they use, we need the right people, processes, and technology.  This means access to a wide range of development provisions available to our entire workforce enabling identification of talent to support and meet the needs of future patients and service users.

Our aim is to work together and in support of the National Improvement and Leadership Development Strategic Framework Developing People – Improving Care: a national framework for action on improvement and leadership development in NHS-funded services


Our delivery priorities encompass our talent management approach and strategy.

Priorities Information
Midlands and East Executive Talent (MEET)

A local lead example of a Developing People, Improving Care approach.  MEET is an NHS Improvement scheme to develop and enhance leadership talent across Midlands and East. 

Aspirant Director of Nursing Talent Scheme (DoNs)

With a recognised shortage of executive nurse leaders across the NHS in England, we are supporting a talent management pilot across the Midlands and East to build a sustainable talent pipeline. For more information click here. 

Accelerated Director Development Scheme (ADDS) We are supporting ADDS, a Chief Executive sponsored scheme to identify and develop leaders for Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire, who have the potential to fill key executive director roles within 9 to 18 months. It is co-designed, owned and delivered on behalf of the Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Talent Forum.
Increasing access to the Talent Management Programme This short talent management programme has been designed to stimulate conversations about the need for talent management within health and social care. It's key aim is to encourage managers and employees to have more supportive and constructive conversations. 
East of England Talent Management Community of Practice

This network, with members across the East of England work collaboratively on how to best engage with organisations on matters relating to talent management and people development.

Contact for more information on how to join the community and details of future events. 

NHS Finance Leaders National Talent Pool  The talent pool has been established to support aspiring finance leaders. The aim is to create a diverse pool of talent that improves the number and quality of applicants for future finance leadership vacancies.
Internships for women in senior leadership roles

NHSI have just launched an invitation to senior women leaders working in NHS trusts and foundation trusts to apply for a six month long internship in a non-NHS industry. This is to celebrate and improve diversity in the NHS, which includes the need for women to be given an equal and fair chance to reach the most senior leadership positions. For more information click here

If you have any questions or would like to discuss the priorities with a member of the team, contact