GenerationQ Leadership Development Fellowship for Senior Health Leaders (Fully-funded)

GenerationQ Leadership Development Fellowship for Senior Health Leaders (Fully-funded)

Deadline: January 10, 2018.

Calling senior leaders in the health service! The Health Foundation is now accepting applications for GenerationQ, a fully-funded leadership development and quality improvement programme for senior leaders from health and health care practice, policy and the charity sector. The programme is designed to equip Fellows with the skills and techniques to lead and deliver improvements across services and organisations.

This unique and challenging fellowship brings together senior leaders in clinical and non-clinical roles from across the UK, representing the wide variety of sectors working in and with the health service, including provider, commissioner, policy, regulatory, third sector, local authority and charitable organisations. As well as gaining a postgraduate academic qualification, Fellows will be able to develop their organisation’s capability for quality improvement.


GenerationQ is fully-funded and all Fellows receive a financial grant to assist them with essential costs, such as travel and accommodation.

Through participation in GenerationQ, Fellows will:

  • become more effective and better equipped to lead quality improvement for the benefit of patients, staff and carers in today’s challenging environment
  • learn how to do things differently rather than just working harder. Fellows may already be experienced at leading improvement, but by the end of the programme they will know how to apply frameworks, be able to apply theory and research about improvement methodology, leadership and change to their own context and be able to articulate the reasons for their choices with confidence
  • achieve a postgraduate certificate in Leadership (Quality Improvement) from Ashridge Executive Education, subject to successful completion of assignments. Fellows may also choose to register for an Ashridge Executive Education postgraduate diploma or masters in Leadership (Quality Improvement). The decision about what level to study to does not need to be made until 10 months after the start of the fellowship. All Fellows will participate in all cohort learning activities regardless of their chosen level of study
  • be more self-aware of their impact as leaders, their personal preferences and blind spots
  • understand how to meaningfully engage with others at all levels in the wider system and use their learning to navigate their context and create a culture that is conducive to improvement.

In addition, at the end of the programme, Fellows will be able to make a difference through their Ambition into Practice (further information on page 8), with the support and challenge of faculty and the other Fellows.

Benefits to organisations supporting a GenerationQ Fellow are wide-reaching. By the end of the programme, organisations will have:

  • benefited from a significant shift in quality as the Fellow applies their new knowledge
  • benefited from the skills and insights of a senior leader adept at generating the cultural change necessary to underpin quality improvement
  • benefited from an improvement project addressing real-time quality challenges, grounded in organisational priorities
  • experienced an increase in excitement and interest within the organisation for improving quality as the Fellow shares their learning and experiments with others.


There are three elements that we take into consideration for GenerationQ; these are the applicants’ impact, readiness, and contribution.

  1. Impact:
    • Senior leaders in a relevant health related role in the UK.
      • The fellowship is aimed at senior clinical and non-clinical leaders who are in a position to lead across boundaries at least within their organisation and who are likely to now, or in the future, have impact across the wider health and care system.
      • Applications are welcomed from people working in health and health care related organisations such as professional bodies, Royal Colleges, government/policy departments and health/patient focused charities, in addition to all sectors of the NHS.
    • Potential to develop a high profile and with wide reach
    • Ability to lead improvement
    • Commitment to improvement
  2. Readiness:
    • Capacity for reflective learning
    • Able to study at masters level
  3. Contribution:
    • Willingness to learn from peers
    • Able to commit to the time and other demands of the fellowship programme
    • Active sponsorship by a senior executive (for example, director, chief executive or chair)


If you are interested in applying for the fellowship, please go through the following steps to complete your application.

  • Important supporting information: All applicants must read the Notes for applicants in full before applying for this programme. You should also read the Programme curriculum and Core faculty documents.
  • The application process: The online application form will require you to supply information to meet all the selection criteria outlined in the Notes for applicants.
  • Applicants must also provide an organisational statement of support and signature from the sponsor of the lead organisation. This needs to be completed and uploaded to the online application. Please ensure you leave enough time to obtain signatures as this is a core part of your application.
  • All applications must be completed and submitted via the online system AIMS. Full guidance on accessing, completing and submitting your application via AIMS can be found in the Applicants user guide. We recommend that you keep a copy of this manual to hand to refer to while you complete your application.

Shortlisted candidates will be informed by Friday 2 February 2018 and will be allocated an assessment centre by the review team. If you have any queries, please email [email protected].

For more information, visit GenerationQ.