Leadership Placements


Free Leadership Management illustration and pictureLeadership is one of the 4 pillars of practice and graduates need to be gaining leadership skills from the start of their training. Leadership placements are a great way of learners being supported to develop skills such as communication, networking, organisation, time management and project management  as well as providing an opportunity to reflect on their leadership style and the responsibility they have for leadership in health and social care.


We have created a guide to Leadership placements that provides some context (with links to national documents), and advice about things to consider: Leadership Placements for practice partners


This is accompanied by a workbook that you can download and adapt for your leaners to help them with their leadership development: Leadership placement Work Book for Practice Partners July 2023


The benefits of non-clinical placements for students has also been outlined in this resource created by Carla Ferdinado and Emily Crutcher, whilst on a leadership placement with the K&M ICS placement team: Non patient facing placements resource for students


This presentation was also developed by Teresa Buchan AHP Practice Development and Education lead at Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust (KMPT): Learning from Leadership Education Research placements


This flashcard, by the Kent and Medway AHP Faculty, can be downloaded clearly here: Flashcard Leadership Placements V.3

NHS England and The Council Of Deans have produced this document that shows importance of embedding leadership into our curricula. The Clinical Leadership Story Pocket Guide

The Sussex ICS have created this really useful workbook to help structure and induct students for leadership placements- please feel free to download and adapt this for your learners: Leadership placement Work Book Sussex

Health Education England ran a workshop and created the useful resources below:

Leadership Guide

HEE Leadership Practice Learning Workshop

Google slides HEE Leadership Practice Learning Workshop

Menti Next steps & evaluation HEE Leadership Placement

Slide deck HEE Leadership Placement Workshop 26 Apr 21


The AHPpracticeCOP’s webinar provides really useful information about leadership placements, including short presentations on the 4 pillars of practice, the evidence base, HEE’s position, student experiences and top tips watch here


Eilis McManamon and Daniel Crofts, Msc (pre-reg) Occupational Therapy students, created this great reflective poster of the value of a leadership placement, using an occupational therapy model of practice.

This top tips poster has been created by Physiotherapy students Laura Mitchell and Andrej Balsianok  Leadership placement top tips poster

Here are Megan Dudziak and Shauna Rouse sharing their experiences of doing their leadership placement where they created this website.

Reflections on Leadership placements:

This useful reflective poster on offering leadership placements for the first time, and their top tips, was created by Anna Lavelle, Jo Adamska and David Brown from Ashford and St Peters Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Leadership placements poster.

BSc Physiotherapy students, Chloe Dunn and Jade Graham share the poster of their project undertaken on their leadership placement with the Early Supported Discharge team at Ashford and St Peters Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust: AHP Day Project Poster ESD Rapid Pathway

Hannah Watson (Physiotherapy Student) created a Leadership Placement Toolkit as part of her leadership placement with Kent and Medway AHP Faculty. Her webinar presentation can be found here and link here to the Practice based learning toolkit

This great presentation by Physiotherapy student Luke Zubiena shows the development of his leadership skills during his placement at East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust with Anne Canby and Karen Poole watch here

Sandra Speller, Professional Head of Therapies & Lead AHP, Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust presented about her positive experience of having Grace and Angie, two physiotherapy students on a leadership placement with her.  A video of their reflections, created by the CSP,  can be found  here  and Sandra’s  PowerPoint presentation can be found here

Here are two reflections by Grace Ogunlola and Angie Hulst on their physiotherapy leadership placement  with Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust.

Here are reflections on their  Leadership placement from Tasmin Jesse, Issy Taylor-Gallardo and  David Amarteifio

Here is an insightful reflection from Rebecca Chandler about the value of a split clinical / leadership physiotherapy placement: link here

Rebecca’s educator, Deborah Wilson, also provides some great advice about facilitating leadership placements link here

Here is an example of a project carried out by two Physiotherapy Students, Grace Ogunlola and James Phezulu on a placement with Sussex Empowered Living Health & Well-being guide