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Are you a passionate leader ready to tackle new challenges and make a lasting impact? Climb, the Dragon’s Heart Institute’s ground-breaking leadership programme, is back for its fourth cohort, and applications are officially open. 

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This 10-month journey is more than just a course; it's a revolution in leadership development in which you will forge lasting connections with a community of like-minded, driven individuals in your own cohort as well as across Climb’s alumni. 

Working with and learning from world-renowned researchers, professors, and leaders who are pioneering change, together you and your peers will be equipped to navigate disruptive change, organise others around a cause, as you tell your own leadership story. 

Professor Sir Muir Gray, founder of the National Library for Health and one of the teachers on Climb says: 

“We need a revolution in leadership; not another reorganisation but a revolution. Climb is training the revolutionaries.” 

Professor Gray has been a member of Climb’s teaching faculty since its first year, delivering a module on population healthcare. 

Other teachers on Climb include Professor Hahrie Han, a world-leading expert in community organising, Director of the SNF Agora Institute and Professor of Political Science at Johns Hopkins University, and Mark Prain, Founding Director of the Hillary Institute of International Leadership. 

Climb consists of a combination of immersive and academic learning, taking place both in-person and virtually, culminating in a summit celebration event at the end of the programme. It is accredited by the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management, and completion of the programme will also entitle you to earn credits towards a Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Management (Applied Innovation) with Swansea University, which can in turn be used towards a Master’s Degree. 

Upon completing Climb in its second year, Dr Mark Knights, a consultant anaesthetist in Betsi Cadwaladr UHB, said: 

“I no longer feel disillusioned. I feel hope. I feel like we are starting something with Climb that we can use to make things better.” 

Catherine Evans, Head of Strategic Performance Improvement in Hywel Dda UHB said: 

“Being part of Climb has been a fantastic and unique experience. We have been privileged to meet, listen and learn from some truly amazing and inspiring people across the world. I have put many elements of our learning into practice since leaving Climb 6 months ago. The absolute best bit about the programme has been the opportunity to build strong connections across Wales. The people who are on the course and support the programme have made the journey so enjoyable. Professional and personal friendships for life been built on the back of Climb. This network is so valuable in the here and now and we would be absolutely ready to come together to all play our part should we ever have the need to in the future.” 

Are you ready to climb? Applications for our fourth cohort are open now. 

Climb is seeking emerging or established leaders with: 

  • Emotional intelligence 
  • Courageous and compassionate leadership 
  • A hunger for innovation 
  • Tolerance for ambiguity 
  • An entrepreneurial mindset 
  • Cognitive flexibility 

If this sounds like you, submit an application in the form of a 90-second video clip. If you are shortlisted you will be invited to attend an immersive selection day in North, West, or South-East Wales to meet other applicants and participate in group activities. 

Requirements to apply: 

  • Be able to attend all virtual and in-person sessions, culminating in a final summit showcasing work and learning. 
  • Secure support from your organization for study leave, travel, accommodation, and implementing learning in the workplace (sponsorship or self-funding is also possible). 
  • There are no restrictions in terms of salary, grade or previous management experience to apply for Climb. 

Don't wait! Take the next step in your leadership journey. Apply for Climb Cohort 4 today. 

Visit the Climb website for more information and application details.