Calling all future leaders keen to solve our biggest health challenges

by | Feb 28, 2022 | Blog, News

The FLIER programme third cohort, developed by Cirrus in partnership with the Academy of Medical Sciences is open to applications from 8th February to 18th March 2022.

Professor of Cardiometabolic Health Jason Gill from the University of Glasgow took part in the second round of FLIER. He said: “The FLIER programme transformed my perception of what a leader is, challenged me to think bigger, and introduced me to a fantastic network of friends and colleagues. I can’t recommend it highly enough. If you meet the criteria, you really should apply.”

The two-year programme brings together a cohort of emerging leaders drawn from across academia, industry, the NHS and government/policy organisations. The programme is equipping these emerging leaders with skills to help solve the biggest health challenges we will face and enabling them to seize opportunities afforded to us by new discoveries in science, technology and medicine. 

The FLIER programme has been developed by Cirrus in partnership with The Academy and input from a steering group of experts drawn from academia, industry and the NHS. The programme is funded by the Dennis and Mireille Gillings Foundation and the UK Government Department for Business Enterprise and Industry.

FLIER is aimed at people in the middle of their career who are established in their own sector and with the seniority to create organisational change. To gain a place, they demonstrate that they have an emerging vision of how cross-sector working and collaboration could help solve the future challenges of research and healthcare.

The Academy is committed to working towards equity, diversity and inclusion and actively encourage applications from candidates with underrepresented protected characteristics.

People who are selected for the programme will establish strong and long-lasting cross-sector networks, develop the tools and contacts to create meaningful collaborations and enact change and increase their understanding of effective leadership skills. They will also gain access to bespoke financial management training and experience collaborative working via a work-based cross-sector project

Dr Elin Haf Davies, a member of the first cohort of the FLIER leadership programme and CEO of digital health company Aparito, says: “The course has been very much about understanding my own personal character traits, what motivates me and gets me excited, and what makes me frustrated. The residential courses have been super valuable in forcing us to take time out and give us thinking space. It helped me remember what I’m trying to achieve and why I built Aparito, and reminded me that it’s about creating a better patient experience in clinical trials.”

Read more about the people who have taken part in the first and second rounds of the programme and what they have learned.

Find out more about FLIER and how to apply. If you have any questions, contact the FLIER team at [email protected] The deadline for applying is 17.00 GMT on 18 March 2022.

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