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NHS England South East, Canterbury Christ Church University (CCCU) and the Florence Nightingale Foundation (FNF) are pleased to support a second cohort of Fellowship opportunities for Nurses, Midwives, and Allied Health Professionals (AHPs) wanting to improve practice education across the South East region of England.

We are pleased to be supporting a second cohort of Clinical Education Improvement Fellows (CEIF) for 2022/23. Over a period of 12 months, 10 professionals already working in the South East region are completing this fellowship opportunity.

The 2022 cohort includes registered nurses, allied health professionals and a midwife. The CEIFs are working across clinical practice and healthcare education, developing system-level skills, supporting students and healthcare staff in a variety of settings.

Visit this page for regular updates from our #SE_CEIF 2022 cohort.


The Clinical Education Improvement Fellows are leading and developing self-identified improvement projects, that can provide further adopt and scale within the following themes:

  • Reducing Attrition and Increasing Retention
  • Placement Capacity and Capability
  • Educators
  • Education and Training Effectiveness
  • Scholarly activity

More detail on CEIF Projects will be shared here in the coming months.


The Fellows have joined the Florence Nightingale Leadership Development programme to explore and discover their leadership style and develop the essential skills to be a courageous and confident leader. 

The programme is a blended experience of both face-to-face and virtual sessions.

I aspire to expand and pursue clinical leadership opportunities that will allow me to empower the next generation of NHS workforce.

I believe that this fellowship opportunity has given me the impetus to make a difference and leave an impact for others to shape and grow.

George Mathew

Chartered Physiotherapist

I applied to the CEIF to make a real and sustained change in how we approach clinical education and support. I believe the fellowship gives me great opportunities to have amazing experiences, expand my knowledge and network, and develop into a leader for change.

Charlie Colby


I applied for the CEIF programme as it provides an opportunity to focus on a self-identified midwifery focused improvement project, making a sustainable difference to maternity services and practice development. The programme complements my role as Quality and Transformational Maternity Matron, influencing quality improvement initiatives and innovative service change. The programme also offers the opportunity to prioritise my own professional development, completion of the Florence Nightingale Leadership development programme allows me to explore, reflect and enhance my leadership style, in order to be a confident and compassionate leader.

Gemma New

Quality and Transformation Maternity Matron (PHUT)

I am committed to the pursuit of sustainable and scalable improvement, especially in the sphere of healthcare education, which has long been a passion of mine. I applied for the Clinical Education Improvement Fellowship because it is an incredible opportunity to pursue this passion, to develop my skills as a leader, to expand my knowledge and network, and to become an agent for positive, impactful, and sustainable change.

Holly Spencer

Sonographer (Diagnostic Radiographer)

I applied to the Fellowship so that I could become a better leader and make long-lasting changes. It feels like an incredible opportunity to have the combined support from Florence Nightingale Foundation, Health Education England, and Canterbury Christchurch University. I really feel that the fellowship will help me grow as a person and ensure that my project has the impact I want it to have.  

Helen Walcott


I applied for the CEIP because I feel It is a great opportunity to be a part of the process that aids individuals in realising their career goals. Like many people who are passionate about their career, I want to make a positive connection with nursing students and colleagues to inspire them to provide excellent care and knowledge to patients. The fellowship will enhance my leadership skills, current knowledge, and competence as an educator to continue to promote excellence and improve in clinical education.

Felistas Nyamayaro

Mental Health Nurse

I applied to become a Clinical Education Improvement Fellow to build my skillset, knowledge and network in order to drive positive sustainable change within the NHS. I believe my passion for education as well as the opportunities for development and growth provided within the fellowship will allow me to become a dynamic and impactful future leader.

Pooja Rabheru


Meet the CEIF Cohort 2022/23

Shining a Light

Come back soon to see examples of CEIF 2022 work throughout the year.

Check out the hashtag #SE_CEIF on Twitter to follow the Fellows and their journeys.

CEIF Blogs

Read blogs from the current CEIF cohort below:

Time to Reflect

Time to Reflect Home Pooja Rabheru began her career as a front-line paramedic within the ambulance service serving the community of Hampshire. Throughout this time

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The Joy of Lego® Serious Play

The Joy of Lego® Serious Play Home Angela Wright is a Chartered Physiotherapist and also a Florence Nightingale Foundation/HEE(SE) Clinical Education Improvement Fellow. In this

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Below are examples of the fantastic outputs from some of our CEIF cohort 2021/22:

Connect with the 2022 ceif cohort