Steering Group - Terms of Reference

Local Steering groups for Building Leadership Capacity (BLC) play an essential role in ensuring local engagement, providing local intelligence, ensuring the Quality of BLC activities and assisting local organisations to understand and comply with the high standards expected of the various BLC programmes. They provide a vital link through the National Advisory Group (NAG) for the BLC Director, ensuring a national response and strategic direction that is in tune with the changing needs of the NHS from a national and local perspective.

In response to many of the developments being undertaken within many of the activities of BLC,the importance of continuing and expanding the role and membership of Local Steering Groups enables the continued delivery of high standards and the production of robust, able future leaders.


The Steering Group oversee and support local implementation of the National Graduate Schemes, Gateway and Breaking Through programmes to ensure success for the participants and all organisations.

Role of the Steering Group

1) Scheme Implementation:

The Steering group will:

  • Assure the accreditation process of organisations (including the identification and development of high quality Line and Training managers )
  • Assist organisations in the identification of appropriate opportunities i.e. secondment, shadowing or short observational attachments
  • Approve and support appropriate personal development bids submitted from Alumni/trainees in year 3 and 4
  • Act as a local awarding body for Learning Account proposal bids
  • Assist in the provision/guidance of Mentorship
  • Help market the Schemes internally and externally
  • Assure the regional recruitment and selection process
  • Facilitate trainees’ transition to substantive posts

2) To monitor the local Scheme’s adherence to national standards, including implementation of developments and trainee progress on behalf of the NHS management in the region.

3) To inform, through the Chair, the development of the Schemes on a national basis, linking into other national and local leadership activities.

4) To provide a senior point of contact and advice to trainees at local level, particularly for:

  • Selection of elective/flexible/alternative placements
  • Support for career progression
  • Intervention (where necessary) to assist specific trainees, scheme/participants

5) To support the Area Manager in the running, delivery and development of other Advanced Development Programs such as ‘Gateway to Leadership’/Breaking Through.


Key elements of membership include:

1) Membership of the BLC Steering Group should represent the activities within the BLC and local health community reflecting diversity of the organisations in terms of geography, purpose, and demography. Members are encouraged to have a nominated deputy in their absence

2) Senior representation from each of the Specialisms previously mentioned i.e. Chief Executives, Directors of Finance, Directors of HR (The steering group Chair should be identified from one of these areas)

3) Local Alumni from the various programmes

4) Current Trainees (from all programmes)

5) SHA Leadership/Workforce lead

6) Senior representation from a Clinical Leadership environment

7) Representatives from Breaking Through and Gateway

8) BLC Team members – Area Manager/GSM

9) Administrative support would be provided by the BLC Team

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