Integrated Care Fellows Development Programme

‘Integrated care is the coordinated organisation of a continuum of care delivery across settings responsive to the needs of each person to achieve enhanced quality of care, quality of life and health equality’

The Integrated Care Fellows Development Programme is offered in partnership between Health Education England East of England and the Integrated Care Academy at the University of Suffolk.

This Programme is an exciting and innovative opportunity to bring together partners from across the East of England region, and invite them to learn, work and develop solutions together. 

Please see below for further information. If you have any questions, please contact:


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The intention of this programme is to give you practical as well as theoretical experience of working in a team on a problem and see, in action, the impact you can have through effective teamwork. 

The main benefits of being a participant will be gaining:

  • Greater understanding of how the wider health, care and wellbeing system works
  • Greater insight into the opportunities and challenges
  • Exposure to very experienced leaders in the relevant sectors
  • A focus on live issues you face and developing solutions
  • Working with a network of colleagues who also want real change
  • Greater confidence and a wide range of practical tools to help you be a better primary care professional as well as a leader
Who is it for?

The programme is designed for GPs (in first five years of qualifying), Nurses, AHPs, PAs, Pharmacists and other healthcare clinicians who work in General Practice alongside Social Care, Community Services, Mental Health, Hospitals, District Councils and the Community and Voluntary Sector.

You will complete the programme as a trio of 3 primary care professionals, working together to deliver a project of the group’s choice based on a real issue in your local system.

There will be 2 trios in each of the 6 systems. Each trio will consist of a first-five GP, and two wider-workforce primary care clinicians.

You will apply as an individual, and we will help to match you to a multidisciplinary cohort with other successful applicants from your local system. 

What is the content of the programme?

The fellowship programme is split into two main areas; a taught programme and a system project, which are intended to complement one another. 

Taught Programme

  • Education modules together with your multidisciplinary trio.  Each module will include a combination of taught components, guest speakers and practical problem solving by participants.  Each of the workshop days will be lively, interactive and will focus on real issues that you are facing in your teams and organisations.
  • Action Learning Set workshops to progress your individual leadership journey throughout the programme.
  • Skills workshops covering the following topics; Fearless Speaking and Presenting with Impact, Making Meetings Meaningful, Negotiating & Influencing.
  • Support from a member of the Programme Faculty to help progress work on the delivery of your project plan.
  • Celebration Day to share project outcomes and acknowledge and celebrate success.

System Project

  • Development of a real project in your system with a multidisciplinary team of local, likeminded individuals. 
  • Regional and system-based support groups, facilitated by a HEE Educator to help develop and deliver your service improvement project.
  • Optional access to coaching from professionally qualified coaches. 
Programme Dates

Programme Dates: September 2021 – August 2022

Hours Of Work: 1 day per week

Working Day: Thursday

As a standard, the dedicated fellowship day will take place each Thursday, however a degree of flexibility will be required in order to accommodate specific module dates. 

Taught Programme Timetable:

*This may be subject to review based on application uptake 

A regional celebration day will also take place towards the end of the programme, bringing together all project groups, sponsors, and facilitators. This is likely to take place in July 2022.

What Funding is Avaliable?

Organisations will be provided a standard salary contribution back fill rate for the fellows in order to release them for 2 sessions a week for the duration of the programme:

  • Post-CCT GP: £18,964.00
  • Non-medics: £11,214.76

We appreciate that depending on the experience of the fellow this may leave organisations with a salary surplus / deficit, however we would encourage organisations to continue to pay fellows their existing salary.

Sponsor Information

The programme will benefit through the support of a number of different sponsors;

  • Organisational Sponsor: When applying to the programme, applicants will be asked to provide details of a senior leader within their organisation (i.e. line manager or Practice Manager), who will be asked to provide a supporting statement to aid the application and approve the release from the organisation for all scheduled activity. Throughout the programme, the organisational sponsor will provide support to the applicant in achieving their personal development goals, as well as their work within the organisation and wider health system. 
  • System Sponsor: The System Sponsor will be a senior leader from within each system who will help to identify a number of system priorities. These priorities will help each trio shape their system project. Once each trio has determined their system project, the system sponsor will help to identify a specific project sponsor from within the system.
  • Project Sponsor: During Module 1 of the programme, each multidisciplinary trio will determine their system project, which will be based on a real issue within the local system. At this point, a Project Sponsor will be identified from within the system to help support the trio in developing and implementing their project. 
How will my trio and project be agreed?

You do not need to have either of these determined before joining the programme. These will be agreed within the first module of the programme.

The project will align with a specific system priority for the geographical area that you work in. A range of system priorities will be provided by the system sponsor in each ICS.

Although it may sound daunting to decide on a project with a newly formed group, this is part of the programme, and part of developing skills in leadership and networking. You will be fully supported throughout the process.

We want this programme to be as beneficial to you as possible and therefore there will be flexibility in how you and your projects work.

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Where will the programme take place?

The programme will be a mixture of virtual and face-to-face (dependent on Covid-19 restrictions). 

Contact days will aim to take place in a venue close to your ICS. Whilst this may require some travel, there will be no requirement to travel to the university of Suffolk. 

What if my organisation cannot release me for the programme?

We understand that the requirement to release staff for 2 sessions a week for the duration of the programme can be daunting.

As well as being a fully funded programme inclusive of back-fill, the programme is a fantastic opportunity to develop leadership skills and influence long-term change within the practice and wider system.

However, if release from practice cannot be accommodated, fellows could increase their current sessional commitment for the duration of the programme, so that they are completing the fellowship in addition to their current hours. 

How do I apply?

Applications for 2021/22 are now closed.