National Medical Director's Clinical Fellow Scheme

Developing doctors in training to become the medical leaders of tomorrow.

The National Medical Director's Clinical Fellow Scheme provides doctors in training with the unique opportunity to spend one year in a national healthcare-affiliated organisation to develop their skills in leadership, management, strategy, project management and health policy.

National Medical Director's Clinical Fellow Scheme

The Clinical Fellow Scheme incorporates a wide variety of projects and placements, ranging from international public health initiatives to local quality improvement projects. The scheme is also notable for its emphasis on experiential learning – 'learning by doing' – a feature that has prompted a great deal of positive feedback from both participants and host organisations.

Find out more and apply to the scheme.

Applicants must have a primary medical qualification, full GMC registration and have completed their foundation training before the commencement of the scheme in September and still be in training. Successful applicants will be seconded from their current NHS trust to take part in the scheme.


The class of 2014-15

Find out who they are and how they came to be on the scheme.


23 April 2015 274

Lilly lecture 2015: Leading cultures that deliver high quality care

Professor Michael West, senior fellow at The King’s Fund, delivered this year’s Lilly lecture – on Leading cultures that deliver high quality care – to an audience of esteemed guests including royal...
Webinar 16 January 2015 463

Clinical Fellows Scheme 2015/16 - what's it all about?

The applications for the 2015-16 National Medical Director's Clinical Fellow Scheme went live at the end of 2014.
Article 16 October 2014 91

After Mid Staffordshire - From acknowledgement, through learning, to improvement

For many readers, the story of the quality of care at Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust in the UK from 2005 to 2009 will need little introduction.
15 July 2014 285

The Scottish Clinical Leadership Fellows' scheme

The Scottish Clinical Leadership Fellows’ scheme began in January of this year with the appointment of two fellows to NHS Education for Scotland and to the Scottish Government’s Health and Social...
07 April 2014 324

National Medical Director’s Clinical Fellows present at NHS England’s Health and Care Innovation Expo

Over 100 FMLM members were given complimentary tickets to this conference through the faculty, providing them with the unique opportunity to attend this inspirational conference and to hear from the...
Audio/Video 07 March 2014 1,472

Looking to the future, Clinical Fellow Scheme 2014-15

The current Clinical Fellows talk about the scheme and detail what's in store for 2014-15 fellows at their host organisation.
Webinar 18 December 2013 3,969

National Medical Director s Clinical Fellow Scheme - what is it about?

Answering the questions potential applicants need to know before applying.
02 December 2013 296

The Welsh Clinical Leadership Fellows Programme

Updates from the Welsh Clinical Leadership Fellows in their first year of action.
Publication 25 November 2013 1,451

Medical Leadership Curriculum

This document outlines the leadership competences doctors need to become more actively involved in the planning, delivery and transformation of health services through their day to day practice.