The DigitalHealth.London Digital Pioneer Fellowship supports around 30 change makers, employed by NHS organisations in London and the South East, to design and lead transformation projects underpinned by digital innovation.

The 12-month programme provides the Fellows with the opportunity to be part of an action focused learning community, focused on accelerating the pace of digital transformation within their respective NHS organisations. The individuals taking part have access to a number of workshops, resources and events throughout the year to share challenges and experiences, learn from experts and collaborate to co-design solutions.

They will hear from and be given the opportunity to ask questions of leading sector experts during taught modules on subjects ranging from change management and business case development to agile delivery and service improvement. Fellows will also be able to work with a mentor and be grouped into action learning sets with other Fellows who are working in similar environments on digital transformation projects.

The Digital Pioneer Fellowship is one of DigitalHealth.London’s flagship programmes. The Digital Pioneer Fellowship is delivered by DigitalHealth.London. DigitalHealth.London is a partnership programme delivered by Medcity and London’s three Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs) – UCLPartners, Imperial College Health Partners and the Health Innovation Network. It is supported by NHS England (London) and the Mayor’s Office.

The Digital Pioneer Fellowship programme is funded through sponsorship from Boehringer Ingelheim Ltd (BI). The programme content and delivery is controlled by DigitalHealth.London.

Saira Arif, 2019 Fellow

“I didn’t feel I was senior enough to apply to the Fellowship programme, but I attended the showcase event and my line manager encouraged me to apply… The programme, along with my experiences, and the amazing people I met, helped me understand my own personal interests and aspirations. My big ambition now is to help those in developing countries or vulnerable communities, access skills to benefit from digital health.”

Dr Nicola Reynolds, 2019 Fellow

“I now think more strategically, and this has expanded the remit of my digital role. I recently contributed to a bid for funding from NHS X, we were successful in securing £200K to contribute to the development of a digital care pathway for CAMHS. I found the teaching invaluable, both the formal teaching and the Action Learning Set groups. I was able to use the insights I gained from the Change Management session to arrange an alignment conversation with the senior team. It had a significant impact on the project and led to my solution becoming incorporated into the Trust wide solution.”

Stephen East, 2019 Fellow

“The programme has helped me in terms of exposure. There was a lot of positive feedback from the blog that I wrote and had published on the DigitalHealth.London website. This, I believe, influenced invitations to speak at conferences in Kansas, Netherlands, Belgium and Australia. I have been seconded to the STP as an advisory body member to support the One London Programme. This has given my Trust greater visibility. The programme has helped me develop confidence in decision-making and engagement as well as to be able to drive better adoption.”