Population Health Fellow – Person Specification





Bachelor’s degree 2.1 and above (equivalent qualification)

Evidence of demonstrable interest in scientific research and evidence-based practice

Evidence of continuing professional development


Additional qualifications (e.g., degrees and postgraduate qualifications)

Conference participation and/or presentations

Has contributed to research

Academic publications (e.g., peer reviewed journals, abstracts, posters, book chapters)



Wider workforce

Can evidence contribution to successful service improvement (e.g., achieving service change, Trust level awards, HSJ/BMJ awards, etc.) 

Registered healthcare professional providing NHS services (AfC band 6 and above, or equivalent; dentists-in-training; doctors-in-training post FY2 and their SAS equivalent).


Currently working in an NHS health services role relevant to population health and with leadership responsibility (AfC band 6 or above, or equivalent)

Contribution to delivery of high-quality care (e.g., supporting clinical services, experience of clinical audit cycles, public/patient involvement, quality improvement)

Evidence of satisfactory career progression


Demonstrates strong oral and written communication skills

Effective team player

Data-analysis: able to understand and manipulate data (including familiarisation with statistics/charts and word processing packages)

Able to search for and critically review literature

Organisational skills, including time management and project completion

Delivered presentations to a large audience

Evidence of innovation and solution development


Sound knowledge of the English healthcare system (i.e., service provision, research, education, primary and secondary care, etc), its current challenges and future national policy direction

Familiarity and interest with population health approaches and health inequalities in England

Awareness of the top priorities for the NHS

Understanding of epidemiology, health promotion and disease prevention




The Person Specification describes the type of individual that is likely to meet the challenges of the fellowship and benefit from a condensed learning programme. See below for more guidance to each category.



Due to the intensive academic nature of the learning programme, a track record of this type of learning is essential. Further qualifications and/or experiences to demonstrate academic rigor are desirable.

It is essential for individuals to have had familiarisation with scientific research and desirable for them to have contributed to research in the past because the fellowship programme involves an immersion into research studies, requiring an understanding of research processes, their limitation and challenges.

Self-directed learning is a core feature of the programme and therefore evidence of continuing professional development is necessary.



There are two descriptors in this category, one for the clinical workforce and one for the wider workforce. This fellowship is aimed at individuals in the early stages of their careers so those likely to benefit the most from the fellowship programme are likely to have completed their primary qualification relevant to their professional practice within 15 years of their application.  Some experience of leadership responsibility is, however, essential for this fellowship.

Prospective clinical applicants must have appropriate UK professional registration.  Applicants from the wider workforce may come from departments such as operational management, innovation, procurement, quality improvement, data science and finance. This departmental list is not exhaustive.

The project work involved with the fellowship will directly or indirectly relate to patient services and/or outcomes and therefore having contributed to the delivery of high-quality care, whether in a clinical or wider workforce capacity, is necessary.



This section details the essential skills required to benefit from the fellowship. Fellows will be expected to produce written reports and verbal presentations and have the organisational ability to manage and prioritise multiple and sometimes competing tasks. Additionally, the project work and learning programme will require teamwork and analytical ability. Fellows will be expected to be able to search and review literature to support their learning and inform their project work.

The project work will involve presentations and it is therefore desirable for applicants to have presented to large audiences and to be able to communicate to a variety of audiences. Similarly, the ability to innovate, to think creatively, and to implement ideas is important because many projects that Fellows work on involve analysing data to suggest improvements in services



To learn from the project experience and link this with the learning programme it is important for fellows to have a good understanding of the NHS and its population health ambitions.