ASPIRE Business Partner Programme 2020-21 launched!

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We are pleased to let you know that the application process for this year’s ASPIRE Business Partner programme is now open until 15 June.

These are exceptional times for HR and OD professionals in the NHS and we know many practitioners have stepped up to the challenges and are also thinking of further developing their careers in the NHS. We are therefore taking our ASPIRE BP programme online over the next few months. Please see the information below and attached.


ASPIRE Business Partner Programme

Are you currently in a band 6,  7 or 8 role and would like to move into an HR or OD Business Partner role in the next 12 months?


The HPMA London Academy is running the next cohort of our successful ASPIRE Business Partner Programme from July 2020 to March 2021 with our delivery partner, Orion Partners. Due to the pandemic, we have adapted the programme so it will mostly be delivered online in small groups. It will consist of the following elements:

  • Introductory webinar focused on development planning followed by completion of a 360 assessment and a coaching session
  • Six 3 hour Zoom powered modules held monthly with groups of 8 to 10
  • Four facilitated action learning sets held on Zoom
  • Completion of a stretch business project
  • Opportunity to access the support of a mentor
  • Final on site development centre next March 2021


Please see the attached information and application form to help you decide if this is the right programme for you. If you have any further queries please contact the HPMA Academy London Delivery Team: or


Applications should be submitted by 8am on 15 June 2020. The application process is quite detailed so do leave plenty of time to put this together. It includes the following components:

  • CV
  • Short (5 min) video presentation
  • Competency self-assessment
  • Idea for a stretch business project
  • Supporting statement from your sponsor
  • Equalities monitoring form


All applications will be assessed and calibrated by panels of Deputy Directors of Workforce working with the HPMA London team.


Eligibility for the Programme

The programme is for HR and OD Professionals who have been identified as having the potential and the ambition to move into a Business Partner role in the next 12 months.

This programme is not open to existing Business Partners however it is open to Associate Business Partners.


We anticipate that applicants will currently be in a band 6, 7 or 8 role. Applicants will be required to have the support of their line manager or current Director to act as sponsor and provide a statement of support for the applicant.



The programme costs £1500, to be paid by the sponsoring organisation. Please include invoicing instructions on the application form.


We look forward to hearing from you. If you have any questions, please do get in touch with or


This programme is open to everyone who meets the eligibility criteria and who are in HPMA London member organisations.


Please see the relevant documents below

ASPIRE BP Application form final

ASPIRE BP outlineEquality-monitoring-form final

ASPIRE BP outline

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