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FEDIP Future Digital Leaders

The FEDIP Future Leader Bursary is a competitive programme which invites those working in health and care informatics to become part of a yearly cohort of aspiring future leaders. 

"The group/bursary was a great idea. It has helped us to link with fellows across the UK who we would not routinely have the chance to meet."
"I've really enjoyed the scheme; it's helped me expand my view past my small domain and meeting like-minded people has been really rewarding. I think including the network in discussions on the future as FEDIP have been doing is really useful, as many decisions made now will affect our work environment for the majority of our careers"
"It has been wonderful so far; I am incredibly grateful for all the opportunities I have been given so far and looking forward to seeing it develop. "

What does the Future Digital Leader Bursary Programme offer you?

Professional Body Membership

The bursary covers a 12 month membership of a FEDIP Professional Body of your choice and access to their mentoring scheme.

Future Digital Leader Council

FEDIP Future Digital Leader alumni are invited to join the Future Digital Leader's Council. A special interest group that gives the opportunity for partcipants to feedback into ongoing programmes of work within the profession.

Conference Attendance

Bursary holders will receive a place at the BCS Faculty of Health and Care Inaugural Conference on Thursday 10th October, in London 

Private Peer-to-Peer Community

Each cohort has a private peer-to-peer support group to connect with other members within your bursary group for support, ideas and collobration.

Online Speaker Programme

Bursary holders are invited to three exclusive webinar events where we invite current industry leaders to present on their current projects and answer any questions you may have. Past speakers have included: 

Sonia Patel (NHS System CIO), Kelvyn Hipperson, (CIO, Royal Cornwall Hospital NHS Trust) and Melanie Iles - (Interim CCIO for NHS England).

Certificate of Recognition & Digital Badge 

Bursary holders will be awarded a certificate of recognition and a digital badge containing the metadata to display that they have been awarded a place in this competitive programme. 

Who is the programme for?

The programme is open to both clinical and non-clinical professionals working in the health or care informatics (digital health) profession. 

The programme aims to have a wide range of professionals represented. Previous bursary holders range from Business Analysts and Digital Nurses to Clinical Coders and Mental Health Support Workers. Previous applicants have been a mix of NHS, charity and private companies. 


Below is a list of alumni from the previous cohorts of the bursary programme, with their job titles at the time of applying. We are delighted to see that many of our alumni have progressed forward in their careers into new roles and some even into different disciplines. We hope that sharing their initial roles below it will help give future applicants a sense of breadth and inclusivity of the programme.

Cohort One

Dr Omer Ali - Clinical Informatics Fellow / Internal Medicine Trainee, Lancashire Teaching Hospitals

Adam Ansell - Delivery Lead, The Christie NHS Foundation Trust

Emma Arrowsmith - Digital Matron, County Durham and Darlington Foundation Trust

Emily Baldwin - Business Change Support Manager, United Lincolnshire Hospital Trust

Jodian Barrett - Digital Lead Nurse Care Information Exchange and Remote Patient Monitoring, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

William Brailsford, Pathology Informatics Officer, Public Health Wales

Dr Chris Brown, Digital Innovation Fellow

The Allan Lab/States of Jersey

Dr Alistair Cannon CT3 Psychiatrist, South London and Maudsley

Gemma Chilvers Therapies AHP Information Officer, The Royal Marsden Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Sam Coffey, Lead EPMA Pharmacist

University Hospitals Sussex Trust

Harriet Connor, Advanced Technical Solutions Analyst (Software Engineer), University Hospitals Southampton NHS Foundation Trust

Lucie Eden, Senior Digital Programme Manager NHS Herefordshire & Worcestershire CCG

Portia Eze, Business Development & Productivity Manager, Imperial College Healthcare

Rochelle Featherstone, Graduate Business Change Manager, West Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership

Leonie Gilbert, Senior Digital Nurse

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Frances Hales-Hill, GPST3 Trainee

Village green surgery

Sarah Homewood, Nursing Lead for Digital Health, Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital

Martha James, Scan4Safety Project Manager

Bradford Teaching Hospital Foundation Trust

Joash Justin, Digital Integration Officer


Dr Matthew Lee, FY3 Doctor King' College London (MSc Healthcare Technologies full-time), Guy's and St. Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust (part-time)

Dr Scott Mackenzie, Academic Foundation Doctor, University of Edinburgh

Dr AudreyMenezes, Senior Clinical Manager


Rush Miah, Head of Business Intelligence

Pennine Care FT

Joseph Nicholson, Digital Project Manager

Powys Teaching Health Board

Sophie Offer, Senior Project Manager


Dr James O'Hare, Senior Business Analyst

Newcastle upon Tyne NHS Foundation Trust

Ella Preston, Performance and Information Lead (Service Improvement)

Moorfields Eye Hospital

Rebecca Robinson, Digital Nurse

University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust

Faye Sefton, Digital Project Manager (Communications and Engagement)

Cheshire and Merseyside Health and Care Partnership

Sana Shah, Interim Senior Business Relationship Manager, Sandwell & West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust

Dr Uddhav Vaghela, Academic Foundation Doctor, Cambridge University NHS Trust

David Williams, Digital Clinical Specialist

University Hospitals of Derby and Burton

Dr Sophie Williams, Data Science Lead

Barts Health, NHS trust

Nigel Wong, Business Support Manager to the Chief Clinical Information Officer, London Ambulance Service NHS Trust

Kelly Wright, Application Project Support

The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust

Cohort Two

Elena Veronica Pirjol – Digital Health Records Configuration Manager, The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust

Erykah Holder – Junior Innovation Consultant, Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

Matthew Shepherd – Deputy Digital Medicines Lead Pharmacist / Clinical Digital Lead – Radiology & Pharmacy, University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust

Reham Ahmad – Data Scientist and PhD student (research are digital health transformation), George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust

Adam Murray – Digital Service Desk Manager, Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust

Saira Patel – Information Governance Officer, St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Leo Martin-Scott – Digital Lead Pharmacist, Somerset NHS Foundation Trust

Irfan Shofian – Mental Health Support Worker (Clinical), South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust

Katie Blackwell – Senior Digital Project Manager, Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust

Ellen Edwards – Senior Practice Educator – Clinical Support Desk, Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust

Edward Lambert – BI and Reporting Analyst, The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust

Alicia Fryer – Senior Digital AHP, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Mary Hannah Bonnett- Junior Doctor – Clinical Transformation, North Bristol NHS Trust

Sophie Mackintosh – Population Health Intelligence Analyst, NHS Lothian

Bhavin Mehta – AHP Information Officer, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

Aldarico Velasco – Digital Nurse, University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Thomas Salisbury – Ophthalmology Registrar, The Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Patrick Hart – Founders Associate, Concentric Health

Agnieszka Otohwo – Business Analyst, Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust

Alana Firth – Public Health Intelligence Apprentice, Wakefield Council

Ibiyemi Sadare – Senior Clinical Trials Practitioner, Croydon Health Services NHS Trust

Vinay Chavda – Academic Clinical Fellow in Dental and Maxillofacial Radiology, Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Trust

Beth Macalindin – Digital Clinical Practice Educator, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

Laura Terry – Senior Clinical Coder, Sheffield Children’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Amy Leckie - Programme Lead IG Competency Framework, 

Agnieszka Andrzejak - Senior Clinical Coder

How To Apply


The Criteria

The bursaries are open to anyone working within health and care informatics (clinical and non-clinical) who are aspiring future leaders in their field.


To get the best use of the bursary we recommend that you have been working in health and care informatics for a minimum of one year.

You can apply directly or nominate a member of your team.

We know diversity fosters creativity and innovation. We therefore particularly encourage applications from candidates who are likely to be underrepresented in the health and care informatics workforce.


The Application

Applicants are asked how they would benefit from the bursary scheme and how they will use their place to further professionalism within their team and the wider health and care informatics profession.


The Judging Process

There are three rounds of judging. The first round is conducted by alumni of the bursary scheme. The second round is judged by representatives from the Professional Bodies & the Digital Skills Development Networks. The final round is judged by members of the FEDIP Board.

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