NextGen Bursary

The NextGen CCIO and CIO Bursary Programme has been created to help identify, promote and support emerging digital leaders seeking personal growth in CCIO and CIO roles within the UK digital health and care sector.

The introduction of the bursary programme, sponsored by Salesforce, will help foster cross-disciplinary collaboration and knowledge exchange among future digital leaders to encourage innovation and best practice sharing.

We are pleased to announce that we are able to provide 10 aspiring or recently in post Chief Clinical Information Officer’s (CCIO) and 10 aspiring or recently in post Chief Information Officer’s (CIO), who are members of the Digital Health Networks, with a bursary to cover the cost of attending Summer Schools 2024, which will take place in Durham this year.

The programme is open to future digital leaders UK-wide and will include:

  • A place at the Digital Health Summer Schools which includes two-days access to the event, on site accommodation, and an evening social.
  • A reception evening on 17 July 2024 (Summer Schools pre-event).
  • Dedicated sessions at Summer Schools 18-19 July 2024

Applications for the NextGen CCIO & CIO Bursary Programme are now open. Applications are open until Friday 3 May, 12noon.

Entry Criteria

To apply for the bursary, you must:

  • Be an emerging digital leader or recent in post seeking personal growth in CCIO & CIO roles
  • Be a UK resident
  • Be a member of the Digital Health Networks
  • Currently work in the field of digital health and social care or use technology in your daily work within health and social care
  • Work for the NHS, public sector, non-for-profit or third sector providers, in charitable sectors, or as an academic or researcher.
  • Demonstrate how you are working towards the role of CCIO or CIO or similar, or how you have recently secured your post as a CCIO or CIO.
  • Have not been awarded a bursary to attend Summer Schools in previous years
  • Preference will be given to those who have not attended Summer Schools before

Apply for your place

The application process will be open until Friday 3 May, 12 noon.

Benefits of the Bursary Programme

The bursary programme provides you with:

  • Exposure to and an opportunity to network with, senior leaders in digital health, both at the event and thereafter
  • Access to CPD accredited learning and educational content across the duration of the event
  • An opportunity to meet and network with our CCIO, CIO & CNIO Advisory Panel and ICS Digital Council members, who are the voice of their respective communities
  • Peer to peer learning within your bursary group
  • Speaker and chairing opportunities at future Digital Health events

If you would like further information about the bursary programme before applying please email

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply for the bursary?
Please complete the online form. The closing date is Friday 3 April, 12noon

How will the bursary be applied?
On receiving news that you have been successful for a bursary, you will be provided additional information including how the bursary will be applied for you to obtain an FOC ticket for Digital Health Summer Schools.

When will I be notified of the decision?
You will be notified of the outcome of the bursary application w/c 20 May 2024.

What if I am awarded a bursary and am unable to attend?
If you are unable to attend, you must notify the Digital Health team ASAP as we can provide this to someone else who applied for a place. Your place can be deferred to the next year. If you do not attend and do not notify us you will be liable for a £100 charge to cover admin costs.

Network Sponsors

CCIO Network

Health CIO Network

CNIO Network

ICS Digital Council

Event Partners