Preparing for leadership

During years 2-4 of the programme students benefit from our expert-led Leadership Programme to help develop the skills they need to understand, collaborate and influence others in order to deliver significant advances in health and care.

This includes short immersions plus  longer practical real-world projects with businesses and other organisations at the cutting edge of everything from medical devices, to life sciences, to vaccines. Students also learn about leadership theory and attend specially-convened seminars from senior figures in relevant areas of healthcare.


“Our Leadership Programme will give PhD students the chance to develop the practical skills they need to bring people together to use health data science to deliver much-needed innovations and advances in health and care,” Professor Peter Bannister


What our students say

“The main reason I wanted to do it was to see what it was like to work in an environment that had more of a business than a research style – it was great experience.” David Brind, University of Birmingham


Working with others

  • Programme partners include NHS Digital, AstraZeneca, Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, and University Hospitals Birmingham.

    More broadly it will work with winners of the NHSX AI Innovation Award, which funds and supports promising artificial intelligence technologies in health and care. There will also be opportunities with businesses on the DTI listed top 100 digital health innovators which are using big data for healthcare innovation.

  • The leadership programme and its syllabus are being guided by a multidisciplinary healthcare panel from a variety of disciplines within industry, academia and the NHS.

    Between them they have extensive expertise and experience (in everything from engineering and clinical practice to commissioning and education) helping ensure that the programme can deliver the highest quality training and education. They are:

    • Professor Peter Bannister, Executive Chair, Institution of Engineering and Technology Healthcare Sector, Vice President Life Sciences, Ada Health and Honorary Professor, University of Birmingham
    • Professor Alastair Denniston, Consultant Ophthalmologist/Research Lead for Ophthalmology, University Hospitals Birmingham NHSFT and Honorary Professor, University of Birmingham
    • Dr Tahreema Matin, National Clinical Advisor for Education Reform, Health Education England (HEE)
    • Dr Guy Gross, Chief Operating Officer, Teladoc Health
    • Mark Avery, Director of Health Informatics, Eastern AHSN and Cambridge University Health Partners (CUHP), Operational Lead for ‘Gut Reaction’ – the Health Data Research Hub for Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD).
    • Professor Marc Vendrell, Personal Chair of Translational Chemistry and Biomedical Imaging, University of Edinburgh
    • Professor Richard Mellanby, Professor of Comparative Medicine, University of Edinburgh
    • Dr Elin Haf Davies, CEO, Aparito, Chair at Metabolic Support UK, Research Fellow, CASMI
    • Dr Rebecca Sims, Research Fellow, Cardiff University
    • Dr Victor Neduva, Senior Principal Scientist, MSD and Honorary Lecturer, Imperial College London
    • Professor Kianoush Nazarpour, Reader in Biomedical Artificial Intelligence, School of Informatics, The University of Edinburgh

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