Apply to be part of our Improvement Leader Fellowship 2023 cohort

We are pleased to invite applications to join the 2023 cohort of our Improvement Leader Fellowship.

Our unique Fellowship programme has been developed to support future leaders in health and care to make meaningful changes to benefit staff, organisations, patients and the public. The Improvement Leader Fellowship is focused on providing you with the skills, knowledge and experiences needed to devise, implement and measure innovations and improvements. 

The Fellowship involves online and in-person meetings, interactive workshops, personal mentorship, accessible course materials, expert presentations and an inclusive support network of like minded 'improvers'. The syllabus has been exclusively devised and is delivered by our Collaborative Learning and Capacity Building Theme. Your study will be led by health and care sector leaders who will work with you on a real world project of your choosing. Throughout the course we aim to develop yourt confidence, authority and ability to advance change in organisations to build capacity, spread and sustainability.


One thing that makes our Fellowship special is the diversity of people involved, we welcome applications from a range of backgrounds. There are approx 12 places available and you can apply individually, or organisations may choose to nominate individuals, duos or trios to work together on organisational priorities. We especially encourage applications for improvement projects that seek to sustain or implement changes that benefit the health and wellbeing of populations in northwest London. Patients, carers, members of public, health and care professionals are all encouraged to consider this opportunity.


The Fellowship is a free 12-month bespoke programme of seminars and workshops with an induction followed by monthly day long learning and networking meetings. 

Learning sessions will cover:

You are expected to work on your quality/service improvement project with direct relevance to patients and population health benefit.

You should consider how your potential project will align with your organisation/context priorities.


The Fellowship is open to NHS and partner organisation staff and others with a role in health and healthcare.

We also warmly welcome Fellows who are patients, carers, or members of the public passionate about changing healthcare.

Previous Fellows have been drawn from clinical (GP, surgeons, nurses, AHPs), managerial and research backgrounds working in the acute, community, social or primary care sectors across Northwest London.


“I joined the Improvement Leader Fellowship as a duo to undertake a project seeking to capture support services available for staff from ethnic minority backgrounds. I am incredibly thankful for the wealth of knowledge I have gained in quality improvement, leadership and most importantly, self-development strategies. Our programme coordinators have been highly engaging and I look forward to attending our monthly workshops together. Needless to say, we have formed invaluable relationships with fellow peers and our wonderful project/life mentor!”

 Rhia Kaur Saggu

Highly Specialist Macmillan Dietitian

Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

“The most powerful lesson has been that connecting with people with shared passions 

and interests will always be worthwhile, even in this most difficult and unprecedented era.”

Tina Prendeville

Senior Research Midwife
Women’s Health Research Centre, Imperial College London and Imperial College Healthcare Trust

“[Our] journey was at all times supported by the NIHR ARC Improvement leadership facilitators. [The programme team] were experienced, knowledgeable, supportive, and understanding.  Especially as we were challenged by Covid. Many Fellows at different times were pulled away… for operational reasons, redeployment or family illness.”
Susan Barry
Consultant Midwife, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

"I was grateful for the NIHR ARC NWL team to give me this opportunity. The fellowship has helped me to find my confidence to be a decisive leader which was very important to manage this project. The fellowship has helped me to gain the trust of my team who worked with me on this project and make it possible. I was able to see their potential and was able to empower them to be the leader of their QI project."
Rupal Parikh
Advanced Physiotherapy Practitioner and Spinal Pathway Lead at the Musculoskeletal Service
and co-chair for the north central division Race Equality Network Forum at Central London Community Health NHS Trust


Find out more about current and previous Fellows.


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Please also consult the guidance notes document. If you have any questions or wish to speak to someone regarding the Fellowship, email us at and we will be happy to help.



Applications are to be submitted by email to by 4pm on 11 April 2023.

If you need any help or support filling in your application or will struggle to complete and submit your application via email, please contact us on and we will assist you. NIHR ARC NWL are committed to widening access and we will support you in any way we can to help you engage with us. 


We plan to hold interviews (probably online via video call) on 25 and 27 April 2023 and hold an induction on 20 June 2023.