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ShadowMe Programme

Our communications exchange programme is back for its second year!

Come join us to share skills and experience for a relaxed, informative day.

Are you part of a communications team, looking to learn how another comms team operates?

Do you want to share the skills and knowledge from where you work?

We’re opening our doors once again and looking to get on the road for the second year with our communications exchange programme, ShadowMe.

About ShadowMe

This programme aims to support shared learning, ideas and dialogue between communicators, forging links that will last beyond your exchange.

Come visit us for a day, and if possible, we’d like to spend some time at your organisation too!

It’s a fantastic networking opportunity to meet other communicators, build new relationships and swap stories and techniques. 

You’ll get to take control of what you learn and when, by working with us to create an experience that suits both you and your exchange partner’s areas of interest. 

We are inviting applications from communications colleagues at any level within national organisations in the public, private and third sectors.

This year there will be two rounds of visits: one in late November/December and again in February/March. 

We only have a limited number of spaces on the programme so we shall be offering unsuccessful applicants the chance to join us on a group day, where we will run a series of interactive group talks with various parts of our communications function.

How to apply

Fill in this quick web form to register your interest, and one of us will be in touch with you to get some more details – it’s that easy!

NHS Digital ShadowMe Programme - application form

Applications for the November/December dates close on 9 November 2019.

Applications for the February/March dates close on 17 January 2020.

If you have any questions for us, you can reach us at shadowme@nhs.net.

What previous ShadowMe partners have said

"A great opportunity to reach out and see how other organisations with shared goals operate. Space to think, unpick ideas and collaborate on future opportunities."

"This is a fantastic initiative that I would recommend to all comms professionals. It will broaden your horizons, understanding and experience. It’s an opportunity to get right under the skin of a unique national organisation."

"While email has its place, it’s no substitute for meeting a contact face to face, walking in their shoes and doing their job alongside them in order to understand them, their role and organisation that little bit better. It was also a chance to take stock of how my role fits in my organisation, how I describe what I do to other people."

"I am glad that I took part in the NHS Digital ShadowMe programme. It was extremely valuable to spend time in another comms office, to see what tools they used and their approaches to some of the same challenges that we face. Thanks to NHS Digital for organising – I will definitely recommend that my colleagues apply to join future cohorts!"

What are you waiting for? Apply above!

How we use your data

Successful applicants’ data will be held for three months so we can efficiently carry out your placement. 

You may opt into us then keeping your contact details for longer should you be interested in any further opportunities similar to the NHS Digital Shadowing Programme.

Unsuccessful applicants’ data will be held for six months to be considered for the next cohort of shadowing activities.

Find out how NHS Digital is protecting your data and how to exercise your data rights

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Last edited: 24 October 2019 3:39 pm