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Contact NHS South of England Southern House Winchester SO21 2RU UK Tel: 01962 718400

The Improving Global Health through Leadership Development programme is a unique and innovative scheme run through the Thames Valley and Wessex Leadership Academy.  It has three key aims:


  • To support a sustainable improvement in healthcare
  • To provide an unparalleled personal and leadership development experience
  • To create a cadre of skilled leaders with quality improvement skills for the NHS


Participants – known as Fellows – complete a personal development programme, the major focus of which is an overseas placement of six months, working as a key team member within an overseas partner organization in a resource poor health setting. Presently, Fellowships are offered in Cambodia and South Africa (at two sites), with possible future opportunities in other countries in Africa and Asia. The Fellow, following a preparation and induction period in the UK, has the opportunity to develop their leadership skills through varied project work, using quality improvement methodology, aiming to improve health care in a sustainable way.


Typically, partnership programmes have used the Millennium Villages Project model of ‘integrated development’ which aims to achieve the United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015. The MDGs for health include a reduction in child mortality, a reduction in maternal mortality as well as combating both communicable and non-communicable disease burdens.


The programme is managed by a small team based in Winchester, Hampshire, but has expanded since its inception in 2008, and now accepts applicants from a variety of healthcare, management and administrative NHS backgrounds from anywhere within NHS England. More than 50 Fellows have successfully completed the IGH Fellowship. Successful applicants are provided with a comprehensive, bespoke induction programme, and are paired with a UK based mentor for their Fellowship. They are provided with a stipend for their six-month placement – flight and insurance costs are also met by the programme.



Programme eligibility

  • NHS England employees from a clinical or non-clinical background
  • Applications are considered on a case-by-case basis, but doctors must have completed FY2 as a minimum and nurses, midwives, therapists & managers are normally expected to be a minimum of AfC Band 6.


Programme Partners

The programme has three current partnerships:


Example of current & recent project streams:



  • Teaching, training and personal development of local healthcare staff, including midwives, nursing staff and pharmacists.
  • Launching a community-led monitoring, treatment and education program for child and infant malnutrition
  • Establishing up a local, and now national, mobile phone based Health project providing free health advice to women and children in Cambodia


Cape Town, South Africa

  • Implementation of a patient education programme for diabetes care
  • ‘Improving patient experience’ initiative

Western Cape, South Africa

  • ‘Decongesting Rural Emergency Centers’ scheme
  • ‘Rational Medicine Use’ initiative
  • Development of an audit tool for Women’s Health Provision



Contact us for more information, or for details about the next application phase, at:


Improving Global Health through Leadership Development

Health Education Thames Valley

Health Education Wessex

Southern House, Otterbourne

Winchester, Hampshire

SO21 2RU

T.  01962 718481