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Fellowship in Population Health

Current grade (open to clinicians on AfC grades 6 -9 and Medical and Dental staff under current grade)

Main area
Population Health
Current grade (open to clinicians on AfC grades 6 -9 and Medical and Dental staff under current grade)
Secondment for 1 year
0.4 FTE
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Current site
Current site
In line with secondees current arrangements with seconding organisation
04/10/2019 23:59

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This is an exciting opportunity for all NHS clinical staff (AFC Band 6 and above/Post Foundation Training) including doctors, nurses, allied health professionals, dentists, healthcare scientists, pharmacists and others to develop skills in population health.

Health Education England (HEE) are launching up to 14 population health fellowships for health care workers in the NHS (or those providing NHS services) to lead on a population health project under the supervision of a senior medical leader (for 2 days a week alongside their clinical practice) and be supported by a blended teaching programme led by population health advisors. This is an exciting step in how the NHS will develop a network of clinicians with population health skills to benefit place-based healthcare systems across England.

Successful applicants will be based either in their current healthcare organisation or elsewhere, depending upon the Fellowship to which they are appointed. The programme will initially be launched across HEE’s seven regions.

Contemporary healthcare is increasingly focused on optimising patient care and outcomes at population level and therefore clinicians across all of healthcare require skills in population health to achieve this.

What is involved?

Applications are now invited for these Population Health Fellowships, which will look at recruiting clinicians with outstanding potential and develop them into a nationwide network capable of incorporating population health approaches into their local work systems to improve patient outcomes.

Successful applicants will embark on a year-long part-time fellowship, typically 2 days a week, alongside their substantive clinical post. Individuals will normally be seconded for the Fellowship to a host organisation (for doctors in training this will be through an out of programme experience application).  They will be based in a healthcare organisation and lead on a population health project. The allocation of Fellows to healthcare organisations will be dependent on the project that clinical fellows are assigned to (clinical fellows may even be based in their current healthcare organisation). Examples of healthcare organisations include hospital trusts, community providers, public health authorities, primary care networks, integrated care systems/STPs or clinical commissioning groups.

General project supervision will be provided by a senior clinical or non-clinical leader from the Fellowship host organisation. Specialist project support will be provided by a population health advisor. Integral to the project will be a blended methods educational programme led by population health advisors. Fellows will experience a series of seminars, facilitated workshops and lectures. They will also have regular educational meetings with their population health advisor, which may be via telephone conference and/or Skype.

Eligibility criteria

Prospective fellows need to be registered healthcare professionals and working/training in a NHS clinical role or providing NHS services (AfC Band 6 and above/ST1 and above or equivalent) including doctors, nurses, allied health professionals, dentists, healthcare scientists, pharmacists and others. You will need to show that you have the support of your current employer/training programme director. There is an expectation that you will contribute to any evaluation/monitoring of the Population Health Fellowship programme.

How to apply

For the purposes of completing an online application for these positions only you should follow the below guidelines.

There are two Population Health Fellowships available in each of the seven HEE regions. 

You may apply to a fellowship in any of the seven regions and can choose more than one region. If you do choose more than one region, it is important that you rank your choice of regions in order of preference.   Please limit your preferences to regions that you would be willing to travel to.

Please note: HEE will only provide travel and subsistence for activities that may be required to undertake the population health project, and not for the whole Programme. 

HEE will pay salary backfill costs for up to 2 days per week to enable the employer to release individuals for the duration of the fellowship. The salary backfill will be matched to the Fellows salary in their substantive post, there will be no salary increment as a result of a prospective fellow choosing to undertake a fellowship in a region(s) that they are not currently based in.

To apply for the fellowship you are required to complete BOTH the online application form and the population health fellowship form


  • Click apply and complete the following sections in the online application form.
  • In the Personal details section:
  • Complete all questions
  • In the Application questions section:
  • Complete the qualification and employment history text box
  • Enter your CURRENT employer information
  • Enter N/A in the supporting information section


  • YOU MUST attach your completed application for population health fellowship form, (which can be downloaded on this advert) where it asks you to attach a CV. You must complete all fields within the form.
  • Please refer to the selection criteria before completing section B and C of the form. Ensure you have addressed the selection criteria as fully as possible.
  • Enter 2 references to cover 3 years employment

The deadline for applications is Midnight on Friday 4th October 2019

Candidates who are successfully shortlisted can expect to be called for the next level of the selection process in October 2019.  

The selection process will intend to recruit fourteen Population Health Fellows from a mix of professional backgrounds and across all HEE regions.

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

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