NIHR ARC NWL Improvement Leaders Fellowship programme

Aim of the fellowship programme

The aim of the fellowship programme is to develop a range of future leaders in innovation and improvement with the authority and ability to advance change in their organisations and beyond, thus building capacity and supporting spread and sustainability in line with the ARC vision and objectives.

History of the fellowship programme

Eleven programmes have been successfully completed, with over 130 fellow alumni. Previous fellows have gone on to further study (e.g. PhDs, masters), have published and won grant funding to continue their work improving services in the local health sector.

What to expect

Fellows attend a 12-month bespoke programme of seminars and workshops. This includes an induction programme and monthly one-day networking meetings in which the fellows’ training and development needs are addressed. Each fellow receives a mentor to support their development throughout the fellowship. Each fellow is expected to deliver an improvement project within their own organisations. Fellows are invited to the NIHR ARC NWL collaborative learning events with the opportunity to present their projects.

More information

There are 12 places available for new Fellows.

Fellows can apply individually, or Organisations may choose to nominate individuals, duos or trios to work together on organisationally driven priorities.

We especially encourage applications for improvement projects that seek to sustain or implement changes that were introduced around the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you are a patient/carer interested in joining the Fellowship please feel free to contact us and ask for support in the process.

Fellows are invited to integrate their work with the NIHR ARC NWL themes.

ARC NWL Themes:

  • Child Population Health

  • Collaborative Learning and Capacity Building

  • Digital Health

  • Information and Intelligence

  • Innovation and Evaluation

  • Multimorbidity and Mental Health

  • Patient, Public, Community Engagement and Involvement

*Applications are not currently open

A Selection of photos of ARC Fellows at work