The University of Birmingham’s Health Services Management Centre (HSMC), the Institute of Local Government Studies (INLOGOV) and the Medical School Public Health faculty are delighted to announce that they will be delivering the new Aspiring Public Health Leaders’ programme from 2017, in partnership with Public Health England. 

This programme is designed for those who aspire to director-level roles focussed on improving the public’s health. We know that high performance in these roles calls for leaders capable of working in volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous environments, to be skilled at building relationships across whole systems of public service provision, and able to operate effectively in a dynamic political landscape. This new programme focuses on enabling aspiring senior public health leaders to find ways of working successfully in this challenging context, so that they are able to build and sustain necessary strategic partnerships, and collaborate to deliver health improvements for local communities.

The University of Birmingham’s HSMC, INLOGOV and Medical School Public Health faculty are together well placed to offer this programme because of their experience and track record in delivering national programmes for the NHS Leadership Academy and the Local Government Association, and various regional and bespoke courses and programmes for Health Education England and other health and care organisations. As partners in the University of Birmingham Public Service Academy, HSMC and Inlogov seek to maximise the impact of the University’s work with public services by identifying and co-ordinating research, facilitating collaborative networks and building new relationships.

Professor Judith Smith, Director of the HSMC  at the University of Birmingham commented: "The University of Birmingham is delighted to have the opportunity to play a key role in developing, challenging and supporting the next generation of leaders of public health in England.  Our faculty for this programme is drawn from health management, leadership development, local government and public health medicine and will ensure that participants receive an exciting, evidence-based and innovative programme of development designed to fit them for director roles across the public health community."

The programme will use the 21st Century Public Leader principles developed by the University of Birmingham to create opportunities for participants to fulfil their potential as leaders.

The programme will begin in September 2017. Find out more about the 21st Century Public Servant Leadership Programme for Future Directors of Public Health Improvement and the application process here