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The Improving Global Health (IGH) through Leadership Development Programme


From 1 April 2019, the IGH Programme has moved to the Global Engagement Directorate within Health Education England and the new web address is:

Please contact us at should you require further information.


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




From 1 April 2019, the IGH Programme has moved to the Global Engagement Directorate within Health Education England and the new web address is:

Please contact us should you require further information.



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 16th May 2019 - please email  if you would like to attend.



The IGH programme recruits approximately twice a year and dates will be advertised on the website. In the meantime, we are happy to add you to our 'interested' list which will ensure you are notified by email when the next recruitment round is to take place, Please email your details including job title and place of work to  . Please note, acceptance onto the IGH programme does not necessarily guarantee a placement overseas.


Please note the IGH programme has a new email address:




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.