University of Edinburgh is joining forces with Imperial College London and Harvard Medical School to launch a NHS Digital Academy.
The NHS Digital Academy will provide specialist IT training and development support to 300 senior clinicians and health managers over a 12 month period.
It will be the NHS’s first ever nationally funded programme of world-class health informatics training.
It will equip healthcare professionals with the skills to use new technology to improve the patient experience, and deliver service efficiencies.
Experts are developing 12-month, part-time training programmes for NHS staff. These will cover topics including leadership and transformational change, public attitudes to the sharing of data and responding to user needs.
A virtual organisation, the academy has been set up in response to observations made by Health IT expert Professor Robert Wachter that there is in the NHS “a lack of professionals – namely CCIOs and CIOs – that can drive forward the transformation agenda enabled by informatics and technology.”
Courses will mainly be delivered online but will also include a residential component and a workplace project.
Plans to establish an NHS Digital Academy were announced by Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for Health, during a speech in 2016. Edinburgh, Imperial College London and Harvard Medical School have been selected to lead its development after a competitive tender process.
NHS Digital Academy Co-Director Professor the Lord Darzi of Denham said a world-class team has been assembled. The partner institutions have an unrivalled record of using academic rigour to translate ground-breaking research into digital health solutions.