At the core of the Topol Fellowship programme is the protection of time over 12 months for the Topol Fellow to work on a digital change project in their workplace.
When an applicant succeeds in becoming a Topol Fellow, HEE will provide:
- A £15,000 bursary paid to the fellow’s employer to be used as they wish to support the fellow to conduct their digital health project
- An initial, face-to-face learning and networking day at the beginning of the programme
- A comprehensive programme of half-day online workshops
- A series of lunch-and-learn events
- Ongoing support and mentoring for fellows from subject matter experts
- Invitations for current fellows to three masterclass events alongside alumni of the fellowship programme
- An online course about the possible applications of AI and Machine Learning in healthcare comprising live webinars and self-directed online learning
- A face-to-face showcase and networking day celebrating the fellow’s achievements in digital healthcare at the close of the programme.
In return for the above, the fellow’s employer must:
- Ensure that the fellow is given dedicated, protected time to conduct the work of their digital change project. We expect a minimum of 0.2 WTE to be protected but recommend that 0.4 WTE is fully protected. This protected time is mandatory for the completion of the fellowship and the receipt of the bursary. However, the programme is flexible as to how this time is taken over the 12 months of the programme.
- Ensure that the £15,000 is ringfenced and used to support to fellow to carry out their project. The bursary can be used however is felt necessary to support the Topol Fellow’s project. For example, it could be used to fund backfill or investment in technology or administrative support.
- Ensure that the fellow’s project has a named project sponsor who will champion and support the fellow within their organisation.
To support the design and delivery of fellows’ projects, the programme will support and stimulate fellows to explore a range of digital transformation techniques. The workshop programme will have a strong focus on people-centred development of products and services and it will start with a strong emphasis on understanding problems, and on researching user needs rather than identifying solutions to problems.