Chief Sustainability Officer’s Clinical Fellow Scheme

Dr Nick Watts, the NHS England Chief Sustainability Officer is looking to recruit clinical fellows to drive forward our commitments to a greener NHS and develop skills to become leaders in this space.

Chief Sustainability Officer’s Clinical Fellow Scheme

Is the scheme the right fit for you?

The scheme is open to clinicians from all professions and values the diverse skills and experience of our health service. If you have an interest or passion for sustainability and are an allied health professional, dentist, doctor in training, healthcare scientist, nurse, midwife or pharmacist – this could be for you.

This unique opportunity will allow clinicians that to work directly with senior leaders of the NHS and help to embed sustainability and net zero principles into clinical practice and the delivery of care across the system.

How it works

During the programme, clinical fellows will have the opportunity to take a step back from clinical practice for twelve months in order to work across the various NHS England directorates.

There will be opportunity to work alongside senior members of the Greener NHS team, and  to lead on projects that incorporate sustainability into the design, development and delivery of healthcare.

Clinical fellows will gain an advanced understanding of sustainability principles and will have the opportunity to develop skills in leadership, management, policy, development, project management, research and analysis, communications and collaboration,


If you have an interest in reducing the environmental impact of the NHS and would like to play a crucial part in embedding sustainable practice, find follow this link to find out more and apply.

Applications close on Wednesday 29 March 2023 at 5pm.

Key dates

  • w/c 17 April 2023 – Candidates notified of shortlisting outcomes
  • 26 April 2023, 6-8pm – Virtual host evening
  • 28 April 2023, 5pm – Shortlisted candidates to submit post preferences
  • 3 & 4 May 2023 – Virtual interviews
  • w/c 9 May 2023 – Candidates notified of interview outcomes
  • May 2023 – June 2023 – Contract arrangement window
  • 1 September 2023 – Fellowship commences