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The Improving Global Health (IGH) through Leadership Development Programme

The IGH programme is a unique and innovative scheme run by the Thames Valley and Wessex Leadership Academy (TVWLA), Health Education England.

It recruits volunteers from the NHS who are awarded a Fellowship and are known as IGH Fellows; each IGH Fellow completes a placement for 6 months working with an Overseas Partner in a resource-poor setting. Drawn from all staff groups, the IGH programme enables volunteers to develop leadership skills through project work using system-strengthening methods. The projects, based in a number of overseas locations, contribute to improving healthcare in the local area in a sustainable way. Applicants are usually early to mid career.

Programme Aims

  • To support the delivery of sustainable improvements in health and healthcare, in collaboration with the IGH programme's Overseas Partners in their community in resource-poor settings
  • To provide an unparalleled personal and leadership development experience for participants who are recruited as volunteers (IGH Fellows) on the IGH programme
  • To create a cadre of leaders with system-strengthening skills who are able to make a real difference to the NHS on their return to the UK


The Programme




To find out more about becoming a Fellow on the IGH programme, please see the IGH Programme FAQs on the Resources page under the 'Documents' heading.


Presentation Evenings

You are welcome to come along to a  presentation evening where returning IGH  Fellows present their experiences whilst on placement, these are usually held 4 times a year. The next event will take place the evening of Thursday 14th March 2019. Please email if you would like to attend.



The IGH Programme is now recruiting. Please see the resources section of this website for the application form and IGH Fellows role description; in addition, please ensure you read the FAQs before applying. Completed applications together with a current CV are to be submitted to   no later than 9am Monday 14th January 2019.  Please note this recruitment round is open to those working in the NHS across England.



Login to IGH Fellows & Mentors Portal Login to IGH Operational Management Group Portal

(Both restricted access, only for IGH Fellows)


Wessex Global Health Network

Supported by...

This programme has been part funded by the Tropical Health and Education Trust (THET) as part of the Health Partnership Scheme between 2013 and 2017.