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NHS Leadership Academy
Executive Search

About Us

Established at the start of 2012, we provide a comprehensive, high calibre board executive search service for NHS organisations.   
We are an integral part of the NHS Leadership Academy and are entirely self-funding. Our focus is on the identification of senior leadership talent for the NHS, supporting career development and working with hiring organisations to appoint the very best people into board-level roles.
Our position in the NHS means we can offer a unique partnership approach to solving your leadership vacancy needs by:
  • Accessing data, insight and networks that enable a comprehensive, high-quality and best value attraction and selection process
  • Combining our knowledge of the internal NHS talent pool with the capability, tools and resources to reach into other markets to build diverse talent pools to appoint from
Alongside our search and selection offering we also deliver numerous national and regional career development workshops and talent schemes including career coaching/mentoring and career transition support to individuals and psychometric assessment to organisations.
We are part of the National Improvement and Leadership Development Strategic Framework – the first national framework to guide local, regional and national action on developing leadership skills and improving talent management in the NHS
Why use Executive Search: 
  • Unrivalled knowledge, network and understanding of the NHS and its high-quality, proven talent Unique links and relationships with key national bodies that the commercial firms are unable to access
  • Objective and independent challenge and scrutiny throughout the process
  • High levels of professionalism and discretion
  • A saving of £1.5m to the NHS and tax payer
  • Our aims, values and behaviours are entirely consistent with those of NHS organisations and staff – our colleagues – who we support
  • Absolute trust and discretion. We have better access to, knowledge of, and relationships with board-level individuals and aspiring directors keen to develop and further their career than would ever be possible for a commercial executive search firm 
  • We also play a key role leading or supporting a number of other system-level/aspirant development programmes, which gives us a perspective and insight that enhances our executive search work and unrivalled access to NHS talent pools
  • While we are part of the NHS system, we operate without external influence, are entirely objective and independent, and work with complete confidentiality