Applications open for NHS Digital Academy

 Applications have opened for the NHS Digital Academy.

Set up in response to Professor Robert Watcher’s Making IT Work report, the Digital Academy is expected to train up to 300 candidates in digital strategies that result in better patient outcomes.

Candidates will include clinical information officers, chief information officers and aspiring digital leaders from clinical, and non-clinical, backgrounds. Candidates will spend 12 months studying part-time to develop expertise in digital innovation and will learn how data can be used to support decision making, planning and the delivery of better health and care.

The Academy was announced earlier this year and is delivered in partnership by the Imperial College, Harvard Medical School and The University of Edinburgh, under the guidance of chief executive Rachel Dunscombe, director of Digital for Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust.

The Academy supports the Five Year Forward View Next Steps strategy by providing staff with the training they need to use technology and data to help reduce pressure on services and improve patient care.

Will Smart, chief information officer for Health and Care, said: “The NHS is a large, complex and dynamic organisation, and in order to fully harness technology to benefit our patients we need a professional informatics workshop. The NHS Digital Academy is one way to ensure that we continue to develop capable and competent digital leaders for the future.”

Dr Harpreet Sood, associate chief Clinical information officer at NHS England and Lead on NHS Digital Academy, said: “Investing in the people tasked with making technology work in the NHS is as important as investing in the technology itself. This is why we’ve created the NHS Digital Academy because we want the NHS modernisation to be led by world class leaders.”


Reece Armstrong is a reporter for Digital Health Age. Coming from the North East of England, Reece has an MA in Media & Journalism and a BA in Popular & Contemporary Music from Newcastle University. Reach him on Twitter or email via:

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