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Nursing and Midwifery

Early Clinical Career Fellowships

Leadership Development for Nurses and Midwives in their Early Career

NHS Education for Scotland (NES) leads the Early Clinical Career Fellowships for Nurses and Midwives in NHS Scotland in collaboration with NHS Boards and Higher Education Institutions in Scotland.

The Early Clinical Career Fellowships (ECCF) are an exciting opportunity for nurses and midwives who are committed to developing their leadership potential in the early stages of their career. The fellowships are funded by Scottish Government Health Directorates.  The fellowships support enthusiastic, motivated and talented nurses and midwives at an early stage in their career to develop personally, professionally and academically.  The fellowships include release from practice to access funded part time masters level education, mentorship/clinical coaching, action learning sets and masterclasses.


There are Five Fellowship cohorts:-

ECCF 2015


The ECCF 2015 cohort of 12 Fellows commences in September 2015



ECCF 2014


The ECCF 2014 cohort of 10 Fellows commenced in September 2014


ECCF Evaluation Report (Pdf)


Perceptions of the benefits and potential impact of the Early Clinical Career Fellowships (ECCF) Final Report  (May 2015)


ECCF 2012


The ECCF 2012 cohort follows the same model as ECCF 2011. 18 fellows commence in September 2012 and will complete at the end of August 2015.  Three of this cohort will be undertaking Masters by Research.


ECCF 2011

ECCF 2011 is a revised model of fellowships which took account of the evaluation and experience of the ECCF pilot. 20 fellows commenced in September 2011 and will complete at the end of August 2014. Four fellows from this cohort are undertaking Master by Research therefore contributing to the Clinical Academic Research Career Pathway.


ECCF Pilot


The ECCF Pilot has been in progress since December 2007 in NHSScotland. This is one of wide range of initiatives within Modernising Nursing Careers which aims to develop the nursing workforce of today and the future (SEHD 2006). ECCF was piloted in Scotland on behalf of the four UK countries.


The ECCF pilot ended on 31st March 2013.


Case Study Evaluation of the Pilot (July 2013)


Potential applicants

Thank you for your interest in the Early Clinical Career Fellowships. If you would like to receive information about future cohorts please email us on



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A network for ALL ECCF fellows both past and present exists to maintain two way contact and sharing. This is part of an evolving NHS Education for Scotland Network.  All ECCF Fellows who have been successful in being offered a Fellowship are included as part of the Network.  Find out more about the ECCF Network.