With the launch of the NHS Digital Academy earlier this year, we have now opened applications for Chief Clinical Information Officers, Chief Information Officers and aspiring digital leaders to join the programme.

The NHS Digital Academy has been created to support the development of a new generation of digital leaders who can drive the information and technology transformation of the NHS.  It 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 the digital transformation required by the service.  Part of a suite of work governed by the National Information Board, the Academy will provide participants with the skills they need to implement information and technology  to support the ambitions of the Five Year Forward View Next Steps vision.

The Academy will provide a year-long ,world leading, digital health training course which will be delivered by Imperial College London, the University of Edinburgh and Harvard Medical School. This is the first, fully funded, national programme that will cover the key skills and expertise needed to lead digital innovation and how to harness the power of data to support decision-making, planning and delivery of better health and care and better patient outcomes.  The NHS Digital Academy will be seeking professional accreditation from the Federation of Informatics Professionals (Fed-IP) and the Faculty of Clinical Informatics (FCI).

We will be looking to recruit 300 candidates over the next three years, each spending 12 months studying part-time. Applications will be accepted 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. Additionally, applicants must have five years informatics or digital experience, the support of their Chief Executive, and be able to attend three residential training sessions. The closing date for applications will be 5th January.

Further details can be found on the Digital Academy application page hosted by Imperial College London.

We believe that the Academy is in a unique position to contribute to the growing digital health and health and care informatics infrastructure in the UK. It will offer frontline staff the skills and knowledge needed to develop a sustainable and effective health and care system. It has been an exciting journey developing the Academy so far with input from an amazing group of individuals both nationally and internationally. We are now working with our delivery partners, who are doing a tremendous job in putting the programme together in time for the launch of the first cohort in 2018. We look forward to announcing the first 100 candidates then.

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