324. NHS England, London, England

Please Note: This internship is co-funded with the IOP, and applications will be accepted until February 5th at 5pm.

NHS England: NHS England leads the National Health Service (NHS) in England. It sets the priorities and direction of the NHS and informs the national debate to improve health and care. NHS England shares out more than £100 billion in funds and holds organisations to account for spending this money effectively for patients and efficiently for the tax payer. For more information visit: https://www.england.nhs.uk/about/

The Strategy Group:

The Strategy Group is directed by Michael Macdonnell and sits in the Commissioning Strategy Directorate. It grew out of the team that developed NHS England's contribution to the NHS Five Year Forward View and is now made up of about 35-40 people, coming from various professional backgrounds including: local government, health policy think tanks, government civil service, consultancies, social finance and medical professions.

Summer Project:

The intern will be working in a team that has three key functions, including:

  • delivery of national demonstrator programmes to accelerate implementation of national priorities and transformative initiatives set out in the Five Year Forward View,
  • development of strategic think pieces and methodologies to support NHS England’s senior management team in their decision-making,
  • facilitate, influence and co-ordinate policies and stakeholders across the healthcare sector to reach consensus or agree action on key issues.

We expect the intern to work primarily in the second of these areas, aligned to the establishment of a new function within the Strategy Group with the aim of improving the use of evidence in Board-level decision-making.  This project encompasses developing processes and methodologies for surfacing appropriate evidence, contextualizing it and communicating it effectively to senior executives and non-executive directors, building a ‘product line’ of evidence-based services tailored to the needs of this group, and putting in place the supporting infrastructure, partnerships and resourcing required to run a successful team.  Within this, it is likely that the intern will work on:

  • launching a new ‘horizon scanning service’ for NHS England, including delivering the unit’s initial horizon scanning product
  • leading a workstream to produce a ‘deep dive’ report on an emergent issue, highlighting relevant risks and opportunities for the healthcare sector


Depending on the specific scope of the question to be addressed in the product/ duties described above, successful delivery may entail:

  1. Developing a strategic framework for investigating the subject matter in question
  2. Desk-based and primary research, including trend analysis and literature reviews
  3. Development of expert advisory networks, drawing on healthcare providers, other industries
  4. International leaders, investors and other stakeholders
  5. Study visits across NHS organisations and other relevant sites
  6. Leading commercial/ organisational processes to access content, expertise or research support as appropriate
  7. Designing, organising and facilitating stakeholder round tables or other events (based on novel methodologies) to gather, explore or interrogate the evidence
  8. Conversion of evidence and data into products that are clear, concise and tailored to the audience


Skills in doing literature reviews, basic qualitative and quantitative analysis, powerpoint and event design will be beneficial.  Experience of facilitating group discussions and managing stakeholder communications would also be welcome but not essential.

Work assignments may be flexed to reflect specific skillsets as appropriate.


The dates of this internship are approximately May 15th - July 28th, though these are flexible.