Population Health Fellowship – North East and Yorkshire

  • Applications are invited for the position of Fellow in Population Health, funded by Health Education England.

  • Four fellowships are available across the North East and Yorkshire in four different host organisations.

  • Targeted at early to mid-career registered healthcare professionals providing NHS services, as well as wider NHS staff with population health responsibilities.

  • Fellowships will commence in September 2022, 2 days per week for 1 year, supported by a complementary education programme.

About population health

The NHS Long-Term Plan places significant emphasis on population health and Health Education England’s Future Doctor programme has identified population health as a core theme. Additionally, the COVID-19 pandemic has further highlighted the importance of population health and health inequalities. Contemporary healthcare is now focused on optimising patient outcomes and reducing health inequalities at population level, and therefore healthcare professionals] across all of healthcare require skills in population health to achieve this.

About Population Health Fellowships

This is an opportunity for healthcare professionals interested in population health and passionate about health inequalities. The aim of the fellowship is to develop a network of professionals from a non-population health background with population health skills to benefit place-based healthcare systems across England. 

The fellowship is a one-year part-time programme at two days a week alongside your substantive post. Population Health Fellows will work on a population health related project in a host organisation and will be supported by a blended virtual learning programme. Supervision for the project will be provided. 

Reimbursement of your salary element of the participation in the fellowship will be provided to your substantive employer and you must discuss this opportunity with your line manager and educational supervisor (if applicable) of your intentions to apply.

All fellows will commence the programme on 6 September 2022.


The fellowship targets early to mid-career healthcare professionals providing NHS services (AfC band 6 and above, or equivalent; dentists-in-training; doctors-in-training post-FY2 and their SAS equivalent). Fellowships in some locations are also open to wider members of the NHS workforce currently working in an NHS health services role relevant to population health and with leadership responsibility (AfC band 6 or above, or equivalent). Further details on eligibility criteria can be found in the Rough Guide and FAQ.

Host organisations

There are four hosts across the North East and Yorkshire. These are:

Newcastle upon Tyne Hospital Foundation Trust (North East)

One of the largest and most successful teaching hospitals in England, proud to have been rated outstanding twice by the CQC, most recently in May 2019. Research, innovation and discovering new knowledge is a fundamental part of our approach and this Fellowship opportunity will allow the successful applicant to work with the Duplication to Personalisation (DtP) project team and support the delivery of this significant Collaborative Newcastle project. The DtP project will collate and analyse health and care data – including appointments, visits and admissions – for every person in Newcastle to help us identify people whose care could be improved.

North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust (North East)

Population Health and health inequalities are high profile strategic priorities and championed by our Chief Executive across the trust. Three priority areas exist, and the fellow will work collaboratively with the wider team to decide their specific focus. These are, the improvement of health and continuity of carer for maternity patients from the 20% most deprived wards and BAME, redesigning digital solutions for clinics to respond effectively to the needs of patients and reduce disparities for both staff and patients, and finally a joint project with South Tees Hospital to remove variation in care and outcomes for CVD (stroke pathways).

West Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership (Yorkshire and Humber)

The ICS was recently awarded ICS of the Year by the HSJ and was recognised for strong system level approaches to reducing health inequalities. The fellow would be part of the Improving Population Health Programme, an existing programme of work for population health and system commitments to improve outcomes in relation to equality, prevention and determinants of health. We provide an opportunity to learn from multiple public health professionals and also provide experience of system leadership as a large integrated care system. This fellowship also offers scope to focus on a project that overlaps with the fellow’s existing specialism.

Vale of York CCG (Humber Coast and Vale ICS) (Yorkshire and Humber)

As a CCG, we have increasingly invested in and utilised population health approaches to our clinical commissioning responsibilities, and we now take a leadership role in our local place systems to improve population health. This fellowship will focus on two areas. First, priorities highlighted by the York Health and Care Alliance in York Place, including dementia diagnosis rates, alcohol-related harm, improving the physical health of people with a Serious Mental Illness, or social prescribing. Second, Vale (as part of North Yorkshire Place) works with local stakeholders to develop projects designed to improve population health outcomes in areas of significant deprivation, including increasing take-up for health check uptakes, design, support and evaluation of a ‘Thinking Forward’ programme to support the national aging well agenda, a green social prescribing programme, and others.

Before you apply

It is strongly advised that you read both the Rough Guide and FAQ prior to making your application. This outlines the eligibility criteria in detail, as well as providing further detail on the learning programme and wider fellowship experience.

Further information on previous fellowships can be found on HEE’s website here.

How to apply

To apply for the fellowship, you are required to complete the Population Health Fellowship application form. Click here to apply.

Applications open on Friday, 4th February at 9am. Applications close on Sunday, 6th March at 11pm.

Selection for the fellowship is based on application form and interview. Applications should be made to one host organisation only.

Further questions

If you have further questions that have not been answered by the documents below, please contact Alex.Drago@hee.nhs.uk.