NHS Digital Academy

NHS Digital AcademyThe NHS Digital Academy is a virtual organisation set up to develop a new generation of excellent digital leaders who can drive the information and technology transformation of the NHS.

The academy was set up in response to Professor Robert Wachter’s Making IT Work report, which observed that the NHS was lacking in leaders who could drive forward this digital transformation.

Part of a suite of work governed by the National Information Board, the Academy will support the Five Year Forward View Next Steps strategy by providing staff with the skills they need to use information and technology to reduce pressure on services and improve care quality.

Commissioned by NHS England the Academy is delivered by a partnership of Imperial College London, the University of Edinburgh and Harvard Medical School.

What does the NHS Digital Academy provide?

NHSThe Academy will provide a year long world class digital health training course to Chief Clinical Information Officers, Chief Information Officers and aspiring digital leaders from clinical, and non clinical backgrounds.

The digital health training course will employ a blended learning approach, including online and residential learning. The online component of the programme will be highly engaging for participants, both supporting individual learning and creating a vibrant community of digital leaders.

Participants will be expected to:

  • Commit to three to five hours of study per week and attend up to twelve days of in-person residential sessions spread across 12 months.
  • To immediately apply what they have learnt by carrying out a transformational change project within their organisation in parallel with taught modules.
  • Support will be provided both online and offline by a mentor network consisting of experienced academics and industry professionals.

How is the Royal Society of Medicine involved?

The merging of those involved in the Royal Society of Medicine’s Medical Innovations Programme and the NHS Digital Academy means that members will gain access to the RSM Library, as well as exceptional educational, training and meeting facilities (including the Innovations Pop-Up). Most will become members of the RSM and will have access to valuable guidance and advice provided by their fellow members. They will also have access to RSM over 400 RSM events and the medical innovations briefings and summits.

It is likely that one of a number of NHS Digital Academy events will be held at the Royal Society of Medicine in 2019.

How to apply to the NHS Digital Academy

Applications to join the NHS Digital Academy’s 2018 intake were welcomed from existing and aspiring digital leaders across health and social care including Chief Clinical Information Officers, Chief Information Officers, and senior operational, technical and clinical managers. Applications for the 2018 intake are now closed. Details of how to apply for 2019’s intake will be announced in due course.

For more information, visit the NHS Digital Academy website.


Medical Innovations

Medical Innovations

Visit the RSM’s Medical Innovations website for more information about the programme and details on upcoming events.


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