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Scottish Clinical Leadership Fellow (SCLF) Scheme


The Scottish Clinical Leadership Fellow scheme is run by NHS Education for Scotland (NES) in partnership with the Scottish Government, the General Medical Council, the Scottish Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, NHS National Services Scotland, and Scottish Deans’ Medical Education Group. It is a prestigious scheme open to trainees in Scotland who have the ambition and curiosity to push their development to new heights at the leading edge. Fellows have a bespoke opportunity to develop leadership capabilities and contribute to aspects of contemporary health and care-related activity.

Scottish Clinical Leadership Fellow posts are an integral aspect of NHS Scotland’s approach to developing Professionalism and Excellence in the medical profession. The scheme aims to provide NHS Scotland with a cadre of doctors who are committed to living and working in Scotland and have enhanced capability to offer leadership in their work place and potentially at national and international levels.

Fellows are based in a number of scheme-host organisations in Scotland and have the opportunity to work collaboratively with a number of key groups. Fellows are offered access to relevant development programmes from the National Leadership Unit, as well as mentorship, inter-professional paired learning and links to relevant action learning sets. Fellows also undertake joint learning with Clinical Fellows from the English and Welsh schemes and work closely with existing teams in policy areas outlined in the "Route Map to the 2020 Vision for Health and Social Care".

Doctors in substantive medical training posts at any level in Scotland are eligible to apply. Trainees will have to negotiate time out of programme to undertake the posts.

Posts are for one year and will be normally advertised at in November for an August intake each year. 

Visit the Scotland Deanery website and read about Dr Rebecca Weerakoon, one of the 2016 SCLFs.


For more information please contact:

Alan Denison, NES Scheme Lead,

John Colvin, Scottish Government Lead,

Rowan Parks, Deputy Medical Director, NES