Who can apply
- Employees working within the NHS across the UK
- Satisfactory completion of Foundation Year 2 if a doctor or dentist
- Experience of working in a Band 6 role in the Agenda for Change scheme for others
Fellows undertake a 6 month placement. The scheme is divided into 4 phases:
- pre-placement preparation (4 days)
- placement (6 months)
- post-placement debrief and support (attendance at IGH evening meeting to present project work and additional debrief with mentor)
Fellows appointed to the programme are required to attend 2 induction days prior to placement. The first day is a general induction day covering administration, public health and presentations from returned Fellows, the second day focuses on project planning, implementation and evaluation; quality improvement methods and education. Fellows also attend a 2 day leadership development course pre placement (the Leadership Development Centre) which is arranged via the Courses and Conferences Centre based at Health Education Wessex.
Quality Improvement Project Work
Each of the Fellows takes a lead on a project which is agreed with the in-country partner. Using quality improvement methods, Fellows work in partnership with local health teams towards delivering the Millennium Development Goals for Health. Project work is varied and mainly focussed on education and system development. Fellows do not provide direct clinical care.
Fellows join a wider health team and have the opportunity to develop an understanding of the inter-dependencies between food security, housing, sanitation, clean water, education, transport and health. The programme is continuously evolving and you may not know what project you will be working on until your placement.
You will be supported on placement by the local health team and a UK based mentor.
A stipend to cover the essential living costs of each particular placement site is paid per calendar month for the period of the placement; this amount varies from £600 to no more than £1,000. In addition, economy class return flights to the placement site are also funded by IGH. Project costs are funded by the in-country partner.