Skilling up and joining in to scale and spread innovations

Call to join the spread academy in Exeter from 4-7 March 2019

The South West Academic Health Science Network (SW AHSN) is excited to be running its first Spread Academy in Exeter next Spring. We are inviting individuals and teams who are working to improve health and social care to apply for a place on this four-day programme.

Funded team places in the South West
Closing date: 10 January 2019
Cost: funded by the SW AHSN
Complete an application for a funded place online now.
Download the eligibility criteria

Self-funded places
Closing date: 25 January 2019
Cost: £1900 (excluding VAT) per person
Complete an application online now.

The programme is aimed at individuals and teams leading and working on the spread and adoption of a significant innovation or service improvement with a focus on achieving scale. This tailored learning programme will be delivered by the Billions Institute in the USA and supported by the SW AHSN’s Spread Academy faculty.

There are a limited number of funded places for teams working in the South West and a competitive process will be used to allocate these places. Applications will be considered from all parts of health and social care across the South West and we are keen to attract people from a diverse range of areas and organisations.

Ticket types

Self-funded places: Suitable for anyone working in or interested in spread and adoption for large-scale change. We will send you a short application form with further details on how to make the payment. If you are selected, the cost for participation will be up to £1900 (excluding VAT) including the cost of hotels and meals.

Funded places in the South West: Suitable for people working on large-scale change in Cornwall and Isles of Scilly, Devon and Somerset who would like to apply for funded places for you and your team (between two and nine places). More details on how to apply for funding will be shared with you in due course. If you are selected, you will be required to cover the costs for your travel, accommodation and subsistence. Expression of interest for funded places will close on 05 January 2019 and interviews will take place mid-January 2019.

If you require any more information, please contact Rupa Chilvers or William Lilley on 01392 247903 or email

You can apply online now.

Closed Call – become a Spread Academy Fellow and attend a Skid Row School in Los Angeles

As part of the SW AHSN’s Innovation Exchange Programme supporting and enabling the rapid spread and adoption of proven innovations for the benefit of the patients and public, we were delighted to offer the first of several opportunities to build practical capability and experience through a year-long Spread Academy Fellowship. This is in partnership with the highly influential and successful ‘Skid Row School’ run by the Billions Institute in the USA.

This application is now closed and an announcement will be made in mid-December 2018.

Announcing the 2019 Spread Academy Fellows

We are delighted to announce that we have selected seven fellows following a competitive process in December 2018. They are:

  • Alistair Lockwood, St Austell Healthcare
  • Catherine Holmes, Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust
  • Frances Tippett, NHS England
  • Helen Davies-Cox, Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust
  • Helen Smith, Devon Partnership Trust
  • Jeremy Martin, Yeovil District Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • Sarah Robens, South West Academic Health Science Network.

The fellows are now preparing for their training and we are excited to be working closely with them over the coming year.

If you have any queries or would like to discuss these opportunities, please contact or phone 01392 247903 and speak to Rupa Chilvers or William Lilley.

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