Great quality of care for our population requires great leadership at all levels. Evidence tells us that the quality of care is directly affected by the quality of leadership and the improvement cultures that leaders create. Within the Black Country ICS, developing the potential in our people is a key enabler to creating an inclusive workforce that is representative of the community we serve. 

Here is an overview of some of the development programmes we have to support our people to reach their full potential.

Working in partnership with NHS England, High Potential Scheme (HPS) is a leadership development programme that aims to build a stronger and diverse pipeline of leaders who will progress to senior executive roles by:

  • Identifying middle-level leaders (bands 7/ 8a to 8C/ 8d and equivalent leadership levels in other pay grades either within the NHS or organisations within the Integrated Care System) with the greatest potential to progress to senior executive roles and provide them with the support and development necessary to enable the acceleration and achievement of this.
  • Recruiting and developing cohorts of high potential, middle-level leaders that are diverse and inclusive, and ensuring the scheme itself models inclusive leadership in its content, design, process and operations.
  • Establishing a valid, reliable and inclusive framework for identifying and assessing ‘high potential’. 
  • Creating talent pools of high potential participants.

For more information on HPS, please email

Organisations across health and care have partnered to develop a prospectus that details the leadership development opportunities across the Black Country.

Access the learning prospectus here (coming soon)

For many staff groups and professions, specific development opportunities are available. To find out more about role-specific development, please speak to your professional lead.

Supporting our colleagues to deliver care, in the context of a challenging health and care sector, is a priority for the Black Country. By providing opportunities for our colleagues to reflect and access support from others is an evidence-based approach to ensuring that they have the tools to look after themselves and others.

An action learning set (ALS) is a group of colleagues within a workplace that meet with the specific intention of solving workplace problems. The main aim of an ALS is to come away with a set of realistic actions that will help to solve or understand the issues at hand. ALS often runs on a regular frequency, agreed by the group and often monthly.

For more information on ALS, please email

Coaching and mentoring offer opportunities for colleagues to reflect on their professional practice, challenges and aspirations.

Coaching is a method of developing an individuals capabilities using questioning techniques which enable the individual to become more self-aware, resilient and confident. 

Mentoring is a supportive relationship between two individuals that exists to develop the mentee either within their current role or for the future. It differs from coaching in that it takes a holistic view of the mentee.

Coaching and mentoring can be provided through your individual organisation or via the regional hub ​​​​