Sciana: The Health Leaders Network

An initiative bringing together outstanding leaders in health and health care policy and innovation across Europe. 


This fellowship will be open for application in June 2019.

  • We are looking for outstanding leaders in health and health care policy and innovation from across Europe to join the Sciana network. 
  • Sciana network provides the space and time to share learning and take inspiration from an international context.
  • Each cohort will comprise 18 outstanding leaders, six each from Germany, Switzerland and the UK.

Sciana: The Health Leaders Network is an initiative bringing together outstanding leaders in health and health care policy and innovation across Europe. 

The network provides members space to take inspiration and learning from across the globe, and time to share insights gained as well as their own experiences with peers, with whom they will work to address some of the shared challenges we are facing across Europe. 

The Sciana network is supported by a partnership between the Health Foundation (UK), Careum Stiftung (Switzerland) and the Robert Bosch Stiftung (Germany) in collaboration with Salzburg Global Seminar.

The network is for leaders who share a deep commitment to quality, sustainability, universal coverage, and patient and community-centred care, nationally and internationally.

Their vision and collaboration, aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals, is critically needed to respond to common issues, such as fiscal strains, demographic change, chronic diseases, digital transformation, patient centredness and migration.

Sciana aims to support high-calibre policy and health care leaders with their professional development and career goals. 

The Sciana network offers three key dimensions of engagement:

  • Personal learning from peers and faculty and support to take personal projects forward. 
  • Partnerships on a national and international as well as cross sectoral level.
  • Opportunity to shape a ‘Sciana challenge’ which will guide cohort members to develop integrated solutions for each country’s health system. 
  • The Sciana network has up to eighteen members in each cohort, with six members selected by each foundation from the UK, Switzerland and Germany.

Members of the network include health policymakers and practitioners, as well as academics, journalists, elected officials, other public sector leaders or from business.

Each cohort attends four four-day gatherings over a two-year period at Salzburg Global Seminar, Salzburg, Austria.

International experts lead the workshops where members showcase and develop policy proposals, innovations and collaborate on joint projects.

The network activities are organised and coordinated by Salzburg Global Seminar.

Cohort 3 dates

Meeting 1: 15 – 18 May 2019
Meeting 2:  26 – 29 November 2019
Meeting 3: 10 – 14 May 2020
Meeting 4: 21 – 25 November 2020

If you have any questions about the Sciana network contact Astrid Koblmueller

Ailsa Swarbrick

Ailsa is a GenerationQ Fellow and Sciana member, and Director, Family Nurse Partnership National Unit, Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust.

Amit Khutti

Amit is a Health Foundation Leadership Fellow and Sciana member, and UK Director and Co-founder of DrEd Online Doctor.

Bob Klaber

Bob is a Sciana member and Consultant General Paediatrician at Imperial College NHS Foundation Trust.

Caroline Clarke

Caroline is a Sciana member and CFO and Deputy Chief Executive at Royal Free Hospital.

John Palmer

John is a Sciana member and Director of Primary, Community and Mental Health Services at Cwm Taf University Health Board.

Paul Bate

Paul is a Sciana member and Director of NHS Services at Babylon Health.

Richard Lee

Richard is a GenerationQ Fellow and Sciana member, and is Interim Director of Operations at the Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust.

Ruth Glassborow

Ruth is a GenerationQ Fellow and Sciana member, and Director of Improvement Support and ihub at Healthcare Improvement Scotland.

Samantha Jones

Samantha is a Sciana member and Director New Care Models Programme - Five Year Forward View at NHS England.

Doctor Claire Lemer

Claire is a Harkenss Fellow and Sciana member, and Consultant in General Paediatrics at Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust (Evelina London).

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