Leadership and Management Development

Grow your skills and help us with our long term vision of Leeds and York Partnership Foundation Trust.

We are committed to managing and growing our talent within our workforce at Leeds and York NHS Partnership Trust. Competent and trusted leaders at all levels are critical to the effective development of our organisation. They will be vital in helping us to achieve our priorities and long-term strategic vision.

Creating an environment where personal and professional development is centre stage of our vision for the future. With pathways for those looking to start their career in the NHS, looking to rejoin the NHS or looking for a change in direction within the NHS. Start your career working with mental health conditions or learning disabilities now.


Our Development Programmes

We have developed offers for our leaders and managers, whether they are aspiring, new to management or more experienced. Outlined below are some of our offers:

The Edward Jenner Programme

An online programme supporting aspiring and first time leaders to develop essential leadership skills

The Mary Seacole programme

A six-month leadership and management development programme designed to prepare first time leaders for leadership demands in the healthcare system.

The Effective Manager Programme

Improve the skills and confidence of those recently appointed, first time managers or those needing a refresher. It consists of independent workshops (including managing teams, budgets and change). The modules cover the main aspects of what it takes to manage individuals and teams.

Moving Forward Programme

A programme for aspiring and new leaders across our ethnic communities, supporting personal effectiveness, leadership, and career development.

Leader’s Space

A virtual offer that brings small groups of leaders together. Sharing tools, tips, knowledge, and experiences around topical themes.


Our Trust staff collage

We believe that service user and staff experience will also be exceptional where great teamwork exists.

We have a well-established in-house Learning and Organisational Development Team which provides a range of learning and organisational development programmes for staff at all levels across our Trust. The Learning and OD Team support teams to develop and improve their performance. We have skilled organisational development professionals who can partner with teams and their leaders to support their development. The team offers team development diagnostic tools to support this work.

We also take a leading role in wider staff engagement. We help the organisation listen to and act on feedback from staff. We do this in a number of ways including through the yearly staff survey, the quarterly staff friends and family test and a number of other forums and opportunities which we call Your Voice Counts. See our latest People Plan.> 

Take a look below for a quick flavour of what is on offer.

Career progression, training and support

Staff appraisal

Staff appraisal is important to ensure our staff are able to deliver in their roles and also receive the development they need. Our Trust has an agreed appraisal process and this ensures that staff clearly understand expectations against their agreed objectives and Trust values and behaviours and are fully supported.

Our Learning and Organisational Development Team provide training for managers and staff on our Trust appraisal process and also ensure the process continues to meet the needs of our Trust and individual members of staff.


Our Trust is committed to utilising coaching conversations to develop our staff, teams and culture. We have an internal coaching service, providing one-to-one and team coaching to support the development of individuals and teams.

There are a number of accredited individual and team coaches delivering the internal coaching provision. Our Trust also participates in the Leeds Coaching Network with the local authorities and university partners. The network supports the ongoing development and supervision of our coaches.

Compulsory training and induction

We run a comprehensive range of compulsory training (also known as statutory and mandatory training) courses and modules for clinical and support service staff.
They include things like safeguarding, moving and handling, prevention and management of violence and aggression (PMVA) and resuscitation.

We offer a comprehensive employee induction and this includes local team induction and a corporate induction workshop, covering key information about our Trust and our services.>

Vocational learning

We actively support the development of our workforce, working with Higher Education England to fund staff to achieve vocational qualifications, develop their numeracy and literacy skills and advance to further programmes of study such as access courses and foundation degrees to enable career progression.

Apprenticeships provide an opportunity to learn for existing employees while you work, with training tailored to you and delivered flexibly. There are a huge range of apprenticeships available from Business Administration or Health and Social Care through to degrees up to Masters in Senior Leadership.

Find out more about our Apprenticeships in Mental Health and Learning Disabilities.>

Opportunities will soon be available through the apprenticeship route for new entrants to the organisation.

The Trust has won a number of awards for its apprenticeship provision and is working closely with the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Excellence Centre to drive the development of opportunities for the support workforce of this region.

Medical Education Centre

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We provide clinical leadership and administrative support for Postgraduate and Undergraduate Medical Education activities taking place within the Trust. We work in partnership with Health Education England Yorkshire and the Humber, West Yorkshire Foundation School and the University of Leeds regarding clinical training for medical students, doctors in training at all stages of their careers and GP trainees.

There is a strong medical educational governance structure throughout the Trust, led by the Medical Director, and supported by the Director of Medical and dedicated clinical staff focused on delivering and supporting high quality education and training.

Dr Sharon Nightingale is the Director of Medical Education (DME) who chairs the Trust Medical Education Committee, which makes decisions on medical education initiatives within the Trust.

Undergraduate Medical Students

A dedicated undergraduate administrative team ensures a timetable is produced for 4th-year medical students undertaking a five week placement at the Trust.  We provide induction and a personalised timetable for each student which, consists of a breakfast club, educational teaching, rotas, shadowing core trainees and Formative Observation of Clinical Assessment Skills (FOCAS).

In addition to 4th-years, we also host 2nd-year students “Campus to Clinic”.  The emphasis is on learning to take a medical history, performing physical examinations and understanding psychiatry presentations.  The campus to clinic sessions is led by psychiatry core trainees.

Foundation doctors

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Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust provides four month placements for Foundation Year 1 and 2 doctors in a range of specialities across psychiatry including;

  • working age general adult and older age adult inpatients
  • community mental health teams for working age
  • working age adult and older age liaison
  • eating disorders

Trainees receive a bespoke induction into working in psychiatry and have a dedicated Educational Supervisor who oversees the trainees regularly during their posts.

We provide excellent quality teaching sessions tailored for foundation trainees and led by consultant psychiatrists. This includes small-group and large-group learning and clinical simulation training.

There are numerous teaching, leadership and management opportunities for Foundation Year doctors including protected Balint groups held fortnightly and led by an accredited Balint group leader. Foundation Year doctors are also able to experience local “taster sessions” in a variety of specialities according to their individual interests.

Foundation Year 2 doctors will also take part in the psychiatry resident on-call rota.

Core trainees

The Leeds and Wakefield Core Training Scheme exposes trainees to a comprehensive range of clinical experiences over a three year rotational programme.  Trainees will gain competences needed in the assessment and management of psychiatric conditions across all ages, in a range of settings and with different levels of complexity.

All core trainees starting at CT1 will be registered to attend the Core Training Psychiatry Course (CPTC) at the University of Leeds. The content is primarily based on the Royal College curriculum and areas of core medical knowledge underpinning specialist training, and the list of topics included in MRCPsych examinations.

Formative Clinical Assessment (FACs) takes place at CT1 and CT2 levels.  In addition the Safer Care in Psychiatry Course (SCiP) has been running in LYPFT since August 2017. This course has been developed from Health Education England’s RAMPPS Course (‘Recognising and Assessing Medical Problems in Psychiatric Settings’) to meet the needs of our workforce.

All Trainees receive one hour a week of supervision from their Consultant Clinical Supervisor.  Core Trainees are allocated an Educational Supervisor/Royal College Tutor who will provide career and pastoral support throughout core training.

There is an internal teaching programme that takes place monthly incorporating guest speakers, teaching and training.  In addition, there is a junior doctors committee that takes place monthly.  Protected time is provided for teaching.

There are opportunities to teach medical students and core trainees lead on campus to the clinic for 2nd-year medical students.

Higher trainees

Group of staff training close togetherLeeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust provides twelve month placements for higher trainees. The Trust offers a variety of training posts in general adult, old age, psychotherapy, intellectual disability, forensic and child and adolescent.  Endorsements are available in liaison posts for general adults and old age.

We also offer higher trainees leadership and management development on the Mary Seacole programme (created by the NHS Leadership Academy in conjunction with internationally renowned business and academic experts Korn Ferry Hay Group).

There is a monthly regional higher trainees’ committee, which provides peer support to other trainees across the Yorkshire and Humber region (North, East and West Yorkshire).  Within the higher training committee, there are also bi-monthly teaching sessions.  The programme is developed with the Director of Medical Education and higher trainees.  Protected time is provided to attend the Higher Training Committee.

The Trust hosts clinical and non-clinical sessions for higher trainees undertaking their personal development day. Examples of non-clinical sessions include;

  • management shadowing with clinical leads and the Director of Medical Education,
  • Formative Assessment of Communication Skill facilitator (held at the University of Leeds)
  • Mary Seacole Programme
  • Mental Health Act and Mental Capacity Act special interest sessions

For clinical sessions, LYPFT offers personal development day opportunities in all core curriculum competencies for higher training and offers the following specialised sub-specialities;

  • Tertiary for Yorkshire Centre of Eating Disorders
  • Yorkshire Centre for Psychological Medicine
  • Old age and general adult liaison psychiatry
  • Peri-natal Psychotherapy and Early Intervention Psychosis

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