NHS Launches Project to Increase Digital Health Tech Skills

The NHS is aiming to create a digital academy.

The NHS is aiming to create a digital academy with the hope of training 300 chief information officers and chief clinical information officers to drive health and care transformation.

According to the advertisement published by Capita on behalf of NHS England, the partner contracted is valued at around £6m for three years.

According to the ad the programme aims to cover “key areas and skills that will be required by CIOs and CCIOs, as well as future digital leaders to lead and set strategy for digital and e-health innovation across the health system – from large scale health IT systems (for example, electronic health records) to personal health and wellness devices”.

It added: “In addition, our leaders will be able to understand the power of the data these systems hold, how it can be used to support decision-making, planning and delivery of health care.”

The report recommended that a chief clinical information officer (CIO) should be appointed at every trust “with appropriate organisational and budgetary authority”.

It also said that an average size NHS trust should have at least five “well-qualified clinicians with advanced informatics training.”

NHS England hopes that up to 300 NHS staff will be trained by the end of 2020/2021.

NHS Digital’s WDP programme director Amanda Neylon, said “there is a strong correlation between digital exclusion and health inequalities.”

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