About the HIP Programme

What is the HIP programme?

We know the influx of technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) and the proliferation of the Internet of Things (IoT) are revolutionising clinical and working practices across health and care. As a consequence, those charged with leading transformation and change must be equipped to horizon-scan, understand and evaluate new innovations and best practice.

Now in its second year, The Health Innovation Placement (HIP) is an NHS Digital Academy programme which provides leaders with an exciting opportunity to develop through exposure with start-ups / small- medium enterprises (SMEs) and to work on the development of a technological solution to a specific NHS problem. The HIP aims to improve participants' understanding of digital development to enable them to lead, improve and transform the healthcare system by extracting the maximum opportunities from technology.

This is a year-long programme. The commitment is part-time and will include access to a number of offerings throughout the year including over 100 hours of direct education events with complementary workshops/ masterclasses; industry day; tailored leadership training; and support from a range of mentors.

Who is it for?

The HIP is targeted at clinical and non-clinical leaders from across the NHS and care who operate within a context and in a role where - either now or in the future - they are required to drive and implement practical transformational change within their organisation or system. There are up to 20 spaces available on year 2 of the programme.

Applicants keen to broaden their experience need not be board level but they should be able to demonstrate personal and professional credibility and have demonstrable leadership ability. They should have a track record of taking the initiative and should have been exposed to the delivery of successful (or unsuccessful!) projects in the past. They will bring with them diversity of thought and, specifically, a transformational challenge in their workplace that they are invested in and motivated to overcome. 

Page last reviewed: 5 September 2022