Three of the world’s top universities will provide virtual master classes in leadership and digital as part of a comprehensive programme to provide NHS staff with the right skills to drive digital innovation.

The NHS Digital Academy led by Imperial College London’s Institute of Global Health Innovation in partnership with Harvard Medical School and The University of Edinburgh will open for applications in September. The Academy is part of the NHS’s wider technology plan to simplify access to care online or otherwise, ensure their hospitals are taking advantage of improvements in digital technology and increasing the skills of their staff so they can seamlessly adopt new technology and systems to improve patient care.

It will support the existing work underway via the Building a Digital Ready Workforce (BDRW) National Information Board (NIB) programme, delivered in partnership by NHS Digital, Health Education England and NHS England. It will be the first time there is a national structured development programme in change management/leadership and clinical informatics. A virtual organisation, the Academy will provide expertise for clinicians and health managers who are delivering an ambitious programme of digital innovation in the NHS, including how to use new technology to improve patient care and experience; and to deliver efficiencies.

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