We support Darzi fellows in developing their leadership skills with hands-on experience across the Trust.

Darzi fellowship in clinical leadership

The Darzi Fellowship gives clinicians at the start of their careers the time they need to build their leadership skills outside of their normal clinical role. Fellows take on improvement projects in their workplace while being mentored by a medical director or equivalent.

You’ll also work toward a postgraduate certificate in leadership with one of our university partners. These sought-after posts are open to doctors, nurses and allied health professionals from all NHS backgrounds. This includes acute hospital providers, primary care and community services.

The Darzi Fellow in Clinical Leadership programme is a London-wide programme run by NHS London Leadership Academy. It was started in 2009 in response to Lord Darzi’s review High quality care for all: NHS Next Stage Review (2009), which called for stronger clinical leadership and management roles.

Darzi fellows at Imperial College Healthcare

NHS organisations across London can apply to host a Darzi fellow each year. To do this, an organisation must show the ability to offer support to fellows and demonstrate a suitable project for them to take part in. Each successful Trust must then advertise and recruit its own fellows who start in September.

Imperial College Healthcare has hosted several Darzi fellows since the programme started, recently hosting nine in 2014/15 and four in 2015/16. Imperial Darzi fellows are sponsored either by the Medical Director or Nursing Director and have access to a range of support and development opportunities.

Darzi fellows at Imperial are involved in developing, implementing and evaluating initiatives in quality improvement, clinical transformation, educational transformation and patient safety. Fellows also contribute to the Trust’s clinical, education and quality strategies.

Find out more

For more on the programme, visit the London Leadership Academy’s Darzi fellowships page.