We recruit volunteers from the NHS who are awarded a Fellowship and are known as IGH Fellows. Each IGH Fellow completes a placement for six months - working with an overseas partner in a resource-poor setting.
Drawn from all staff groups, the IGH programme enables volunteers to develop leadership skills through project work using system-strengthening methods. The projects, based in a number of overseas locations, contribute to improving healthcare in the local area in a sustainable way. Applicants are usually early- to mid-career.
The Improving Global Health programme
- To support the delivery of sustainable improvements in health and healthcare, in collaboration with the IGH programme's overseas partners in their community in resource-poor settings
- To provide an unparalleled personal and leadership development experience for participants who are recruited as volunteers (IGH Fellows) on the IGH programme
- To create a cadre of leaders with system-strengthening skills who are able to make a real difference to the NHS on their return to the UK.
- NHS employees working across England
- Satisfactory completion of Foundation Year 2 if a doctor or dentist
- Experience of working in a Band 6 role in the Agenda for Change scheme for others
Those appointed to the IGH programme attend a four-day induction prior to placement. Included across the four days is a general induction covering administration; public health; presentations on Overseas Partner sites; project planning, implementation and evaluation; system-strengthening methods and education; leadership development.
Fellows undertake a six-month placement. The scheme is split into four phases:
2. Pre-placement preparation (four days)
3. Placement (six months)
4. Post-placement debrief and support (attendance at IGH evening meeting to present project work and additional debrief with mentor).