Gateway to Leadership

Gateway to Leadership is an important part of the NHS drive towards creating a world-class health service. The programme is a source of new talent from the private, other public sectors and third sectors to the NHS, designed specifically to take the best senior management talent and enable them to progress to the highest levels within the NHS. It is recognised that the NHS needs to widen its managerial skills base at senior levels, taking the skills and experiences of senior leaders outside of the NHS to complement the strengths of our existing management teams at NHS Trusts around the country.

The programme was first launched in 2002, since then there have been four cohorts of recruits. So far, 160 managers have joined the NHS via this route. Gateway to Leadership is fully endorsed by David Nicholson, Chief Executive of the NHS. Gateway participants are recognised as being very able managers, an asset to their organisations and the reputation of the programme is growing year on year.

We rely on NHS Chief Executives and Directors to identify key posts in their organisations for the employment of Gateway participants on permanent contracts. The Gateway programme is advertised with a salary of c£50K and the employing NHS Trusts are subsidised by £40K over two years. We are also looking to support PCTs by providing them with participants who have the skills to work at a senior level in commissioning. Organisations who have suitable roles and are interested in employing a participant should contact or telephone 0207 2710303 for more information. Claire Maguire, Programme Lead or Theresa Lang, Programme Coodinator will be happy to answer any queries.

Additionally, we would like to invite any colleagues who wish to take part in the assessment process as assessors, to log on to the website: Candidates wishing to apply for the Gateway to Leadership programme should visit the recruitment website at

Gateway to Leadership programme relaunch flyer for key stakeholders.

Gateway to Leadership Brochure.pdf Gateway to Leadership Brochure.pdf (127.69 KB) 

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