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Top universities to deliver NHS Digital Academy

Matteo Natalucci Published 01 August 2017

Imperial, Edinburgh, and Harvard will host new academy to train digital healthcare leaders of the future


Top universities have won a £4m contract to deliver the new virtual NHS Digital Academy over the next three years.

A consortium led by Imperial College London’s Institute of Global Health Innovation in partnership with Harvard Medical School and The University of Edinburgh will provide virtual masterclasses in leadership and digital as part of a comprehensive programme to provide NHS staff with the right skills to drive digital innovation.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said, “If the NHS is going to have world-class IT systems we need a major programme to spread global best practice – and this links three of the best universities in the world to do just that. The academy will ensure the next generation of NHS leaders is well equipped with the most exciting innovations that deliver the best care available to patients everywhere.”

“We want the NHS to be a world leader in the use of digital technology helping to drive improvements in patient care and to make our organisations more efficient. This pioneering academy will provide healthcare leaders with the right skills to tackle some of the most challenging problems facing the NHS”, Matthew Swindells, national director of operations and information at NHS England added.

The academy is the first national structured development programme in change management/leadership and clinical informatics. It will train 300 NHS personnel over the next three years, with 12-months part-time study combining online and residential learning.

The academy will open for applications in September.

Rachel Dunscombe, chief executive of the academy, said, “This is an amazing opportunity for us to act as a catalyst for the CIOs and CCIOs equipping them with the skills and leadership to safely digitise the NHS".

It will support existing work underway via the Building a Digital Ready Workforce (BDRW) National Information Board (NIB) programme and will be delivered in partnership with NHS Digital, Health Education England, NHS England.

The academy was established out of a key recommendation of the 2016 Wachter review of technology in the NHS which called for investment in a workforce of trained CCIOs, ‘clinician-informaticists’ and health IT professionals.

The academy will be seeking accreditation from the Federation of Informatics Professionals (Fed-IP) and the Faculty of Clinical Informatics (FCI).

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