Digital Fellowships 2022

The Florence Nightingale Foundation has a renowned reputation across the UK for our bespoke leadership scholarship programmes and fellowships. Our programmes are designed to build confidence, authority and influence in our scholars, enabling them to contribute to policy and practice at a local and national level to improve patient care and health outcomes.

FNF is developing digital nurse and midwifery leaders who can drive the information and technology transformation of the NHS

Digital Fellowships overview

This programme is suitable for those on track to CNIOs/senior digital leaders in the next two years or for those already leading digital change and aspiring to take up systems leadership roles. These fellowships are available to nurses working in England only. To apply, please click ‘apply online’ at the bottom of this page and complete the form.

The Florence Nightingale Foundation is pleased to announce the CNIO England, Digital Nurse Leadership Fellowships. This fellowship is available to nurses who want to lead in the digital transformation of the NHS at a regional and national level.

There are two posts, each one-year duration:

Band 7  Digital leadership fellowship focused on nursing practice

Band 8  Digital leadership fellowship focused on research

The NHS long-term plan sets an ambitious vision for the future and is dependent on digital technologies and improved use of data to respond to growing demand and provide the best, most efficient care for patients.

Digital technologies and data are enablers for professionalism, support for practice, research, education and leadership. The nursing and midwifery professions must now actively take forward digital transformation, allowing patients, nurses and midwives to benefit from the latest digital systems and technology.

The FNF is developing digital nurse and midwifery leaders who can drive the information and technology transformation of the NHS, a key aim to ensure they become the pipeline of aspirant Chief Nurse Information Officers in the NHS.

As part of this fellowship, successful candidates will be seconded to work as part of the Digital Nursing team and have the opportunity to work closely with the NHSX CNIO, Regional Chief Nurses and Midwives. This will enable them to gain experience working at national level and be supported to grow their leadership skills.

For advice on writing a successful scholarship application, please watch the below video.


The Digital Fellowships are sponsored by Natasha Phillips, CNIO England. The Fellows will undertake an improvement projects which is aligned to both the CNO’s priorities and the NHSX Tech Plan  as it applies to nursing and midwifery. As part of your application you should outline a project you would like to undertake.


We are honoured to have our current and previous scholarships funded by a range of sponsors enabling nurses and midwives to apply from across the UK and Ireland. We look forward to working again with them this year and in the future.

Programme structure

The Digital Fellowship programme includes:
  • Individual scholar assessment
  • Experienced mentor allocated
  • Welcome briefing day
  • Residential development programme (2 days)
  • Personal Presence and Impact (3 days) delivered by the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts
  • Bespoke Development Opportunities
  • The Digital Fellowship also includes a bespoke 3-day digital leadership residential programme as part of the CNIO Sponsored Scholarship. All other Leaderships Scholars may undertake this as an optional extra.
  • 12-month secondment working with the national team at NHS X
  • Invite to the Florence Nightingale Commemorative Service at Westminster Abbey, London
  • High-profile celebration event to celebrate the success of our FNF Scholars

Key Dates

Applications open 31 January 2022

  • Applications close 11 February 2022
  • Shortlisting 14/15 February 2022
  • Applicants invited to interview 16 February 2022
  • Interviews 21 February 2022
  • Successful applicants begin Fellowships 1 April 2022

Eligibility criteria

  • Registered Nurse holding a valid registration
  • Band 7 Digital leadership fellowship focused on nursing practice
  • Band 8 digital leadership fellowship focused on research
  • Previous or current FNF Scholars (including digital) are eligible to apply
  • Completed Senior Sponsor letter ensuring support to all scholarship activities
  • Confirmation of 10% employer contribution (£1,000)

Application process

**Download Nominator Senior Sponsor form**

Information for applying online:

Upon application, you are required to upload the following information:

  • Personal, employment and education information
  • A copy of your NMC statement of entry document (can be located online)
  • Senior Sponsor nominator form supporting attendance and time to complete scholarship activities and authorisation to fund 10% employer contribution (£1,000) – Found on this website prior to accessing the application form
  • Signed terms and conditions

Please note the following:

  • Incomplete applications will not be accepted
  • Applications without confirmation of 10% employer contribution and finance information will not be accepted
  • Applications without Senior Sponsor nominator support will not be accepted

Please apply for both Leadership and Digital Scholarship through the application on this page and if specifically digitally focused, please specify in the application form.

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