Please find below information and details regarding the three governance programmes that the Quality Governance Collaborative is currently offering for interested parties. There is a plan to expand these offerings in the future, to increase the scope of the QGC work. Please email with any specific questions or further information on the below programmes of those currently under development.

Quality Governance Fellowship Programmes

The Fellowship programmes have a focus on healthcare governance and quality, and are open to all with a demonstrable interest in, and requirement for, greater insight and experience in governance. We strongly encourage applications from patients, carers and other healthcare professionals who are passionate about healthcare governance, and who will bring value to the course, and will learn and benefit from it.

The aim of the programmes is to develop future leaders in governance and quality, equipped with the authority and ability to advance change in their organisations and beyond. This will in turn help to spread excellence, and in keeping with the College’s aim, contribute to achieving the gold standard in healthcare.

2023-2024 Fellowship Programme - Applications Open

The College’s Quality Governance Collaborative Fellowship is now inviting applications for its 2023-2024 programme commencing September 2023; there are 12 -14 places available on the course. The programme will provide a comprehensive understanding of the issues of governance and is aimed at a multi-professional audience.

Participants in the programme will be expected to fund a course fee of £3,250. The participant’s employers will also be expected to provide sufficient study leave for the participant to complete the course. Furthermore, it is expected that the participants will agree “learning” terms of reference with their employer. The employer will also benefit as the project undertaken by the participant as part of the course will be required to add value to their organisation.

Organisations may choose to nominate individuals, duos or trios to work together on organisationally driven priorities.

Clink here to download the application form. 

Programme Structure

There is a time commitment of 10 days attendance for the tuition elements of the programme, which will be held on weekdays at the College in Edinburgh. This will include:

  • Structured learning - A 12 month programme of seminars and workshops – including a one-day induction programme and practical teaching on research methods. Subjects covered in the 10 face to face seminars will include: The principles of Governance and the relationship to Clinical Governance and Health; Ethics and Governance; Patient and Public Involvement in Quality Governance; The Role of the Board; Scrutiny Regulation and Governance Systems; International Quality Governance – the role of WHO, UN World Bank.

Additional programme learning opportunities will include:

  • QGC lecture series - The opportunity for participants to attend the Quality Governance Collaborative events programme at the College, which includes the first annual conference

  • Mentoring - The opportunity for the participants to have one-to-one development support with a mentor


Tailored Fellowship Programmes

Tailored Fellowship Programmes are designed to reflect governance in both international, country and regional administrations. They reflect the principles as listed above in the Quality Governance Fellowship Programme but are tailored to the desired needs of the client. For further details and pricing for these tailored fellowships please email

Excellence in Governance Programme

Following the continued success of the QGC Fellowship programme, we have been approached to host a dedicated programme focusing on the Governance needs of senior healthcare stakeholders. The Excellence in Governance programme is a high-level learning set for 6-8 participants per cohort. Each cohort will take place over a six-month period and will meet on six occasions and have two dedicated facilitators supporting throughout the programme and will feature contributions from leading executives from the Health and Business communities.

*Applications are by personal letter to the programme Director, including CV and are taken on a rolling basis to determine interest and programme scheduling.

QGC & WHOCC Quality Governance Joint Fellowship

We are pleased to be launching the inaugural Quality Governance Joint Fellowship Programme run in a unique partnership between the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh’s Quality Governance Collaborative (RCPE QGC) and the WHO Collaborating Centre for Public Health Education and Training - Imperial College London.

The Joint Fellowship is a 10 module programme over a 12-month period and will be taught by an extended faculty. Please check back here for further details as they become available.