Cohorts 3 and 4 - April 2022

We are excited to announce that applications for Cohorts 3 and 4 will open on Monday 8th November 2021. We will be recruiting 2 cohorts which will run simultaneously and will start in April 2022. There will be up to 30 HEE funded places and 5 sponsored places available on each cohort. Further information about the sponsored places will be available when the applications open.

How to apply

To apply to become a Topol Digital Fellow and join Cohort 3 and 4 of the programme, you need to complete and submit the online application form in full by 5pm on December 6, 2021.

You may wish to prepare your supporting statements (for page 3 of the application form) in advance and then paste your copy into the form. To help you to prepare, you can download a file containing a copy of all of the questions.

You will complete and submit an application form which will invite you to detail:

  • your experiences, enthusiasms, aspirations and career plans that you feel make you suited to take on a role as a champion of digital change.
  • the problem that you would like to explore and address in your time as a Topol Digital Fellow.

You will also need to confirm that you have the support of a supervisor or senior manager in your organisation for the workplace activity that you will undertake in your protected time.

If your application is shortlisted you will be invited to an online interview which will take place in mid January 2022. We are currently planning to conduct the interviews between January 18-21, 2022.

Application support webinars

We are running a series of webinars to support the application process. This will include some ‘drop-in’ webinars aimed at anyone applicable to apply, as well as specific focused webinars to try and drive-up representation of various groups.

See what sessions are available and register below!

You can also watch a video of the presentation given at the sessions on YouTube or view the presentation slides as a PDF.

Drop-in sessions

Please come along to one of our drop-in sessions, aimed at anyone (clinical staff or sponsors) interested in the Fellowship which will be led by the HEE Digital Readiness team. This will give you the opportunity to ask any questions and understand more about the application process.  We will have guest speakers at these drop-in sessions, including current Topol Digital Fellows.

Panel sessions and presentations

Throughout the application window we will also have a series of panel sessions with partners to focus on specific groups. Please see below for details. If you would like us to come and speak to your network then please get in touch (email Topol.Fellowship@hee.nhs.uk) and we will accommodate if possible, however we would kindly ask you to consider using the scheduled resources first. You will need to register, but please do feel free to join any of the sessions to hear about the experience of our Alumni.

Session for BAME colleagues – Thursday 11 November 14:00 – 15:00

An overview of the Fellowship and how to apply clinical staff (Doctor, Allied Health Professional, Nurse, Midwife, Pharmacist, Healthcare Scientist, Dentist etc.) or sponsors from the BAME community interested in the Fellowship, although the session will be open for anyone to attend. Hear from current Topol Fellow Ronke Adejolu about her experience of the Programme. This will be followed by a Q&A with Louise Booth, Ronke Adejolu and Di Bulman.

Session for those working in the South West region – Monday 15 November 13:00 – 14:00

An overview of the Fellowship and how to apply for clinical staff or sponsors based in the SW region and interested in the Fellowship, although the session will be open for anyone to attend. Hear about Claire Lambie’s experience as a Fellow working in the South West. This will be followed by a Q&A with Louise Booth, Claire Lambie and Ruth Wilson.

Session for colleagues working in Mental Health – 15 November 16:00 – 17:00

An overview of the Fellowship and how to apply plus the experiences of Emily Burch a current Topol Fellow. This will be followed by a Q&A with Louise Booth, Emily Burch and Henrietta Mbeah-Bankas. For any Mental Health professionals or sponsors interested in the Fellowship although the session will be open for anyone to attend.

Session for Nursing and Midwifery colleagues – 19 November 13:00 – 14:00

An overview of the Fellowship and how to apply. The experience of being a Topol Fellow from Maggi Bradley who is currently on the programme. This will be followed by a Q&A with Stuart Sutherland, Maggie Bradley and Sara Nelson. For any Nursing or Midwifery professionals or sponsors interested in the Fellowship although the session will be open for anyone to attend.

Session for Healthcare Scientists – 23 November 16:00 – 17:00

An overview of the Fellowship and how to apply. The experience of being a Topol Fellow from Healthcare Scientist’s Sophia Michopoulou and Anil Mistry who are currently on the programme. This will be followed by a Q&A with Stuart Sutherland, Sophia Michopoulou and Anil MistryFor any Healthcare Scientists or sponsors interested in the Fellowship, although the session will be open for anyone to attend.

Session for Allied Health Professionals (AHPs) – 24 November 14:00 – 15:00

An overview of the Fellowship and how to apply. The experience of being a Topol Fellow from Paul Kidman a AHP currently on the programme. For any AHPs or sponsors interested in the Fellowship although the session will be open for anyone to attend. This will be followed by a Q&A with Stuart Sutherland and Paul Kidman.

We are adding recordings of our panel sessions here once they have been transcribed and uploaded (please allow us a few days to do this). The Q&A sections of the drop-in sessions will not be recorded.

Session for members of the British Association of Dermatologists – Thursday 25 November 15:00 – 16:00

An overview of the Fellowship and how to apply for clinical staff who are members of the British Association of Dermatologists and interested in the Fellowship, although the session will be open for anyone to attend. Hear from current BAD members William Price and Zeeshaan Hasan who talk about their experiences and the benefits of being a BAD sponsored Topol Fellow. This will be followed by a Q&A with Louise Booth, William Price and Zeeshaan Hasan.