Prospective applicants

How much will the programme cost?

Places on the Digital Health Leadership Programme are funded through the Health Education England Digital Readiness Programme. Funding also covers overnight stays for multi-day leadership forums. Individuals (via their organisation’s policy) will however need to pay for their travel costs and other expenses (e.g., meals while travelling), alongside additional accommodation - if needed - either side of a leadership forum.

What if I don't have a degree?

We do not want degrees to be a barrier to applying for this programme, therefore having a previous degree is not a pre-requisite. Once successful, colleagues from Imperial College London will guide you through the academic admission process and as part of this you will be asked to provide previous academic records or evidence of equivalent professional experience. This will be a well-supported process and gives you the opportunity to confirm you are comfortable with the academic requirements of the programme. Should you be at all concerned about this step, please get in touch with us.

How is the programme assessed?

A variety of assessments methods are used throughout the duration of the programme and there are no examinations involved. Assessment methods include (and not limited to) submitting reflective logs, academic essays, and completing group activities.

I don't have a technical background, is the programme right for me?

You do not need to be from a technical background or have existing technical skills to apply or participate in the programme. The programme encourages individuals from a diverse range of backgrounds, including individuals with either existing or no technical skills. There are opportunities during the programme to develop technical digital skills, however the programme is primarily a digital leadership programme.

Applying from other UK nations

There are usually a handful of places available to applicants from other UK nations- to find out more information please contact Imperial- [email protected]

Support for candidates with disabilities or health conditions

The Digital Health Leadership Programme welcomes applications from candidates with disabilities and/or health conditions.

Candidates who require additional support during the application process are advised to contact [email protected] to discuss any additional requirements.

Candidates who are successful in applying to the Digital Health Leadership Programme will have access to Imperial College London’s Disability Advisory Service, who are available to support students who have an impairment or disability, specific learning difficulties and other short and long-term conditions.

What alternative opportunities are available to the Digital Health Leadership Programme?

Academic Opportunities

Name: The Digital Leadership Forum
University: Henley Business School- University of Reading
Details: The Digital Leadership Forum at Henley

Name: MSc Digital Leadership (online)
University: Edinburgh Business School at Heriot-Watt University
Details: MSc Digital Leadership - Heriot-Watt University

Name: Executive Diploma in Digital Leadership
University: Warwick University Business School
Details: The Warwick Executive Diploma in Digital Leadership

Name: CMI Level 7 - Digital Leadership Programme
University: Chartered Management Institute
Details: CMI Level 7 - Digital Leadership Programme

Relevant Professional Bodies


Further learning opportunities

Please note that not all opportunities listed below are directly funded or commissioned by Health Education England or the NHS Digital Academy.

Name: Certified Healthcare CIO (CHCIO) certification
Target audience: Chief Information Officers  

Name: Digital Pioneer Fellowship  
Target audience: NHS healthcare professionals (only in London and Southeast England)

Name: Florence Nightingale Digital Scholars (HEE commissioned)  
Target audience: Nurses and midwives registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)  

Name: Government Digital Services (GDS) Academy
​​​​​​​Target audience: Public sector workers interested in designing digital services

Name: Minerva Now Leadership programme
​​​​​​​Target audience: Women in digital healthcare

Name: NHS Clinical Entrepreneur Programme
​​​​​​​Target audience: NHS staff with an interest in entrepreneurship and innovation

Name: The Shuri Fellowship
​​​​​​​Target audience: Women of colour in digital

Name: Topol Digital Fellowship (HEE commissioned)
​​​​​​​Target audience: NHS clinical staff

Name: Digital Futures Programme (HEE Commissioned)
​​​​​​​Target audience: Senior teams across the system from ICS/STP footprints to work together 

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