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Improvement Science Fellowships

Illustration of two people and a globeIn brief

The Health Foundation’s Improvement Science Fellowship programme offers support for fellows to develop their potential to become leaders in the field of improvement science, building practical knowledge about what works to improve healthcare.

This senior post-doctoral Fellowship offers three years’ funding to lead original, applied research dedicated to improving healthcare in the UK, and a unique leadership development programme.

Fellows receive:

Current and previous Improvement Science Fellows have used the opportunity to develop the expertise they needed to:

  • re-position their career in improvement science
  • combine in-depth research with continuing clinical practice
  • consolidate their research interests and build capacity locally
  • make the move from local improvement to national implementation and evaluation.

Open for application

The next round of applications is now open until 1 July 2014. Download the Improvement Science Fellowships booklet with more information and find out more about how to apply.

Key facts

  • Up to five Fellowships are available.
  • Fellows will develop original, applied research dedicated to improving healthcare in the UK.
  • Fellows will participate in a tailored leadership development programme including action learning sets, coaching and masterclass sessions.
  • Over three years, Fellows will receive funding for full-time salary and research costs.
  • Fellows will need to demonstrate significant research or improvement in practice experience and have a PhD or MD. We particularly welcome applications from mid-career clinicians who wish to combine research into improvement with continuing clinical practice.
  • Fellows will have the opportunity to work with the Health Foundation Improvement Science Development Group, an international group of experts from disciplines within the field of improvement science.
  • The deadline for submitting an application form and research proposal is 12 noon Tuesday 1 July 2014.
Is there any similarity or differences, between policy analysis, as in analysis for (or of), policy, and 'improvement science'. I always thought that the role of research in the policy -making process, ensured if done correctly, that improvements in delivery of outcomes defined by that policy would improve, or be re-defined. Is improvement science a 'new methodology' or is it existing techniques to policy making, that are being used in a new way or set into a new context or language.?

Improvement science is broader than policy analysis. It is research which is focused on developing and testing methodologies for improvement of the delivery of health services and then researching how best to implement these in practice to improve the safety, value and quality of care. Improvement science research may involve policy analysis, to investigate a particular approach to improve healthcare. For example researching changing policy on healthcare regulation to understand how regulation either facilitates improvement or acts as a barrier to improvement, but improvement science does not stop at the policy analysis. The next stage is to work with healthcare services to understand the methods for local improvement which best work with the regulatory framework, then disseminate these methods to enable wider implementation.
What an exciting opportunity. I found this through our intranet at KHP and is timely because I feel the need to have some practical service improvemnet experince to include QI as a part of my clinical work in future. I have experience in service improvement and have had the advantage of a previous 1 year leadership fellowship programme (darzi fellowship) and I am in my 2nd year of an executive MBA. However, I dont have a MD or PhD. Am I eligble to apply?
Hi Pratima, unfortunately you are not eligible to apply to this programme. We do require an MD or PhD / PhD equivalent qualification.
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