We have answered our most frequently asked questions, to help you decide if this is the right programme for you and to support you during the application process. 

Who is eligible to apply?

The programme is aimed at NHS healthcare professionals currently employed at any level by an NHS organisation in London or the South East, from a range of NHS disciplines including clinicians, Allied Health Professionals, and operational staff. The programme is for individuals who are:

  • Currently leading or significantly involved in delivering a digital transformation project within their organisation
  • Recommended by their host organisation
  • Able to confirm that this programme is in line with their professional development needs
  • And able to commit to attending six mandatory learning days (either in person or online, dependent on government guidance during the COVID-19 pandemic)
How do I apply?

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When can I apply?

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Can I apply if I am based outside of London?

The programme is open to NHS staff working in London and the South East. You must be able to travel to London for the learning sessions – these will most likely happen virtually to start with due to COVID-19 but we hope that as the programme progresses we will be able to have in person sessions.

Can I change my answers once I have submitted my application?

Once you have submitted your application, you are unable to edit your answers. We recommend applicants make use of the wide application window to allow them to finetune all answers before submitting – this can be done by copying questions into a word document and drafting the answers before copying into the form.

When should I expect to hear back about my application and are there interviews?

The application deadline is midnight Sunday 6th September. You may then be asked for an interview between the 14th September and 2nd October. The announcement of the successful applicants will be made on 6th October.

Can I arrange a call / meeting to discuss my eligibility / application?

Our webinar and Twitter live events should provide all the information you need. Follow us on Twitter to find out when the next information event will be taking place.

Should you still have any questions, please email info@digitalhealth.london with any queries and someone from the team will be happy to help you. In the unlikely event we are unable to answer your question over email, we will happily set up a call with an appropriate team member.

What is the Digital Pioneer Fellowship programme?

The DigitalHealth.London Digital Pioneer Fellowship programme supports up to 30 change makers employed by NHS organisations in London to design and lead transformation projects underpinned by digital innovation.

The Fellowship is designed to equip the fellows with new skills and knowledge, from building good business cases and using Agile as a project delivery technique, to structuring a good evaluation, and implementing change management principles. The programme is designed to connect fellows to like-minded peers, influencers in the system and people who can mentor them.

How long is the programme?
The programme lasts for 12 months, during which time fellows will be expected to attend six days of learning (either in person or online, dependent on government guidance during the COVID-19 pandemic) plus additional reflective learning time following the learning days (estimated 2 hours ). We also recommend that fellows allow another half day for further reading, learning or connecting with other fellows.
What subjects/ modules will be covered?

The programme modules are subject to change, but the following subjects are included within the scope of the programme:

  • Benefits articulation & management
  • Influencing (Marketing & selling ideas and visions)
  • Change Management
  • Design thinking
  • Agile delivery
  • Evaluation
  • Business Case development
  • Strategic influencing
  • Strategic Thinking
How much time will I have to commit to the programme?
We estimate each fellow should allow for approximately 8 full days split across the 12 months. You will need to allocate six full days to participant in the tuition and workshops at the learning day events. We estimate an additional 2 hours per learning day for your own reflective learning and networking. We also recommend that Fellows allow another half day for further reading, learning and networking with other Fellows.
What are the benefits to fellows?

There are a number of benefits for programme fellows including:

  • Access to a peer coaching network
  • Capability building through taught modules on key topics
  • Problem solving through action learning sets
  • Growth in awareness with opportunities to hear from sector and domain expert speakers
  • 1:1 mentorship
How long can fellows access support for?
Once fellows have graduated from the formal fellowship programme, they are invited to stay connected with DigitalHealth.London and its AHSN partner organisations. The Academic Health Science Networks have a responsibility to support their respective member NHS organisations where they can and will be happy open their doors to fellows seeking further support in accelerating their project progress.
Is there ever a circumstance where a fellow could be asked to leave the programme?

Failure to attend the mandatory learning days will result in the fellow being asked to reconsider the programme and where necessary, to leave the programme. Allowances are made, in exceptional circumstances for one missed day.

The reason for this, is that the time commitment for the programme is relatively small (approximately six days in the year) and that missing a session will greatly disadvantage the fellow, in terms of learning but in terms of the value that they gain from the programme and interactions with the other fellows.

Does it cost money?
There are no cost implications to either the fellow or their host organisation for the fellowship programme. The only requirement is that the fellow MUST be employed by an NHS organisation and must be able to provide evidence of support from their employer.
Do I have access to a mentor?
You will have the opportunity of choosing from a pool of mentors, who have been selected based on their seniority and level of expertise. The mentors will offer fellows opportunities for 1:1 dedicated time to explore and discuss challenges that the fellow may be experiencing.
Who is behind it?

DigitalHealth.London delivers the Digital Pioneer Fellowship programme and is a partnership 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.

How is the Digital Pioneer Fellowship funded?

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

BI was founded on a commitment to improve health for people and animals, now and for future generations. Today, BI believes that digital technology is the greatest driver of accelerating tomorrow’s healthcare improvements, and that progress in scientific innovation and sustainable healthcare is fuelled by advancements in technology. As part of their ongoing commitment to improving health for people and animals, they are investing in initiatives like the Digital Pioneer Fellowship programme that explore how digital technology can advance scientific innovation and support sustainable healthcare.

For more information, please see boehringer-ingelheim.co.uk/.

What are the benefits to host organisations sponsoring the fellows?
  • Growth in teams better equipped to achieve innovation adoption that drives benefits realisation.
  • Access to the latest knowledge and insights from the digital innovation world, ensuring your organisation stays one step ahead.
Should you still have any questions, please email info@digitalhealth.london with any queries and someone from the team will be happy to help you.