The Next Generation of Leaders and Managers within NSW Health

Building a pipeline of leaders for future succession planning is important for any organisation. A leadership pipeline starts with identifying emerging NSW Health managers and leaders and helping them unlock their leadership and management potential.

The two-year Program is designed to develop demonstrated leadership and management capabilities of future managers and strongly aligns with the NSW Health Leadership and Management Framework. Participants will be able to identify emerging healthcare opportunities and challenges and proactively pursue strategies for improved service delivery to patients, their families and communities across NSW. The overarching objectives are to build capabilities in the following key areas:

  • Developing and leading self and others
  • Operational strategy
  • Leadership: adaptive, collective and relational
  • Developing a whole of health context
  • Creating developmental cultures
  • Communication and collaboration
  • Quality improvement, innovation and patient safety
  • Leading, building and operating within teams
  • Managing people and teams
  • Patient and person-centred values and cultures of effectiveness



Learning outcomes
  • Critically reflect on work practice, management style and organisational culture, drawing on contemporary leadership and management theory
  • Practice self-development activities to grow personal leadership capability
  • Demonstrate people management skills to effectively operationalise strategy
  • Lead and participate in development activities within peer learning groups, providing constructive, specific feedback in a timely manner
  • Demonstrate effective communication, seeking ideas and feedback as required
  • Apply a personal approach to leadership, defining personal style, strengths, behaviour and values
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the broader health system including the role of Boards, Ministry of Health, Statutory Health entities and different executive members and Chief Executives
  • Plan, lead and undertake work requiring a team approach to delivery
  • NSW Health staff in Administrative Officer Level Six and Health Manager Level One roles, who aspire to leadership and management roles
  • Modules are delivered virtually, using the Zoom platform
Duration and elements
  • 2 years
  • 9 two-day virtual modules and one day Graduation
  • Pre-work / reading for modules
  • Assessments
  • Business Improvement Project
  • 360° feedback
  • Strategic Challenge work and peer learning
  • Development placement/s
  • Mentoring
Application process
  • NSW Health organisations identify and nominate appropriate candidate/s to undertake a development centre process. This process is facilitated by HETI and includes online evaluations, group exercises and a behavioural interview
  • NSW Health organisations are provided with their nominees'  results to inform their decision as to which staff to  endorse for the Program