The Academy of Medical Sciences launches the Future Leaders in Innovation, Enterprise and Research (FLIER) programme today. This ground-breaking leadership programme has been developed in partnership with Cirrus and brings together future leaders for an immersive, collaborative and cross-sector learning experience over a two-year period.

The FLIER Programme aims to equip emerging leaders with skills to help solve our biggest health challenges, enabling them to seize opportunities afforded by new discoveries in science, technology and medicine.

Seventeen participants have been selected to take part in the first round of the programme. They are joining from organisations across the life sciences landscape and include representatives from academia, the NHS, industry and policy.

Andy Lowe from Cirrus is lead consultant on the programme: “In designing this programme, we aimed to create an environment where people from different organisations can work across boundaries to collaborate more naturally with each other and contribute to the health and wealth of the nation. During the design process, we have been impressed by the willingness of the organisations involved to connect with each other and invest time and resource in achieving shared goals. We now look forward to welcoming participants to the first round of the programme. Our participants are already experts in their fields. We aim to build on this expertise to develop their leadership skills and encourage wider collaboration and ideas-sharing.”

Professor Martin Humphries FMedSci, chair of the FLIER Programme development Taskforce, added: “The first participants of our FLIER leadership programme exemplify what is different about this scheme. They share a common desire to challenge the status quo and solve complex and intangible health challenges collaboratively. The first cohort will shape the programme as they go through it, leaving a legacy for future participants. We look forward to following how this innovative programme enhances the participants’ leadership and collaboration skills, and how this shapes their approach to the pressing health challenges they hope to solve in coming years.”

The FLIER Programme launch event on 7 February will bring participants together with Cirrus facilitators and existing leaders in biomedical and health sectors, including the UK’s Chief Medical Officer and Chief Scientific Advisor, the Executive Chair of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, the President of the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry and the Medical Director of the British Heart Foundation.

FLIER was developed by Cirrus with input from a steering group of experts drawn from academia, industry and the NHS. The development was funded by the Dennis and Mireille Gillings Foundation and the UK Government through their Investment in Research Talent fund.

The first phase of the programme will expose participants to current national and international leaders across the wider scientific and health ecosystem, and provide face-to-face and virtual workshops, coaching and mentoring to enhance the participants’ knowledge and skills. Later this year the participants will also have the opportunity to increase their network through immersion experiences with other organisations across multiple sectors in the life sciences. In the second year of the programme the participants will undertake a collaborative work-based project, with the support of their cohort, mentor and coaches.

FLIER Programme Cirrus materials

Read about how the FLIER programme will transform the landscape in a blog post from AMS President, Professor Sir Robert Lechler PMedSci.

Round 2 of the programme will be open for applications in August 2019. Visit the FLIER Programme page to discover more.

 

 

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