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AHP careers fellowship scheme

The AHP Careers Fellowship Scheme is now open for applications.

Applications will close at noon on 15 October 2021

The Scheme supports career development for the AHP workforce in the public health and social care sector in Scotland. It does this by funding AHP staff to;

  1. participate in a learning programme delivered by NES, and
  2. lead and deliver a work-based project over 10- 12 months to improve, change or develop AHP services. This can be team, service, locality, organisation or region based. We will also consider national projects

Who can apply

The AHP Careers Fellowship Scheme will accept applications from registered and non registered staff from the following professional groups:

  • Art therapists
  • Dance movement psychotherapists
  • Diagnostic radiographers
  • Dietitians
  • Dramatherapists
  • Music therapists
  • Occupational therapists
  • Orthoptists
  • Podiatrists
  • Physiotherapists
  • Prosthetists and orthotists
  • Speech and language therapists
  • Therapeutic radiographers

Details and timeframes

For more details about the scheme, how it works, the review panel and timeframes for 2021/2022 please see our FAQs [PDF]

Work-based projects

An AHP Fellowship will fund your release for up to 2.0 days per week over 10 to 12 months (or it could fund additional hours if you currently work part time). You will be part of a cohort of Fellows participating in a learning programme and doing a work-based project.

Your work-based project should be something that…

  • you want to do, feel enthusiastic about and can evidence needs to be done
  • you’ve already discussed with, and sought buy in from, others who will need to be involved e.g. colleagues, your team, line manager, service heads and relevant others
  • contributes to local or national strategy and priorities. We are particularly interested in projects that
    • address health inequalities,
    • support new models of AHP service delivery including in primary care,
    • support the AHP contribution to the renewal and recovery agenda across health and care
  • is team, service, organisation or region wide. We’ll also consider national projects
  • can be achieved over 10 to 12 months
  • is innovative, is about change and development and/or building on learning, not simply a continuation or expansion of existing service delivery

It’s never too early to start discussing your work-based project ideas with your colleagues, team leader and, of course, with us. We recommend that you email to set up a time for an informal chat.

Application Form

You can find the application form for 2021 here

Examples of previous projects

If you are looking for inspiration here are some examples of the projects AHP Fellows have done in previous years. You can also look out for blogs from current Fellows on AHPs across health and social care. (

Cohort 1 (commenced April 2019) [PDF]

Cohort 2 (commenced April 2020) [PDF]

Cohort 3 (commenced April 2021) [PDF]

Cohort 4 (commenced April 2022) [PDF]


NHS Forth Valley [PDF]
NHS Fife [PDF]
NHS Lothian [PDF]
NHS Lanarkshire [PDF]
NHS Grampian [PDF]


NHS Dumfries & Galloway

AHPCF Debra Little Biteable from NES on Vimeo.

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde


AHPCF Rhona Burch Biteable from NES on Vimeo.

NHS Tayside


AHPCF Wendy Meldrum Biteable from NES on Vimeo.

NHS Dumfries & Galloway

Kirsty Paton, Assistant Practice Educator, Dumfries & Galloway from NES on Vimeo.

Useful information for application

You may also wish to make reference to local policies and initiatives.

AHP Leadership Fellows

AHP Leadership Fellows are an extension of our existing AHP Careers Fellowships Scheme and is a new initiative we will pilot during 2022/2023. They aim to offer future AHP leaders the opportunity to gain experience and develop leadership capability in the delivery of AHP strategic objectives at a national level. See AHP Leadership Fellows for more information 

Project management guidance

Guidance documents to assist AHPs with management of projects

The following documents will provide AHP Careers Fellows and other AHPs with guidance in developing and managing projects.

The QI Zone

The Quality Improvement Zone on Turas Learn provides information and resources to support people at all levels of experience to develop their knowledge and lead QI projects

Project management guidance

Tools and templates

Contact us

Last updated: 30/07/2020

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