Mark SayManaging EditorWednesday 6 December 2017

NHS Digital runs data and tech consultation

Project with Health Education England aims at supporting health service staff to improve digital skills

NHS Digital and Health Education England have launched an online consultation to collect the perspectives of health service staff on how they want to use digital technology.

The organisations said it is open to anyone who uses data and technology in their role, and invited opinions and ideas on what can be done to improve their digital skills and knowledge.

The input will be used to develop solutions to help the workforce become digital ready.

Fingers typing on laptopNic Fox, director of provider digitisation and programmes at NHS Digital, said: "The learning from this consultation has the potential to be truly transformative. It's amassing an incredible wealth of experience, ideas and knowledge, and the more responses that are submitted, the greater the pool of knowledge will be. 

“The results will help to determine how the Building a Digital Ready Workforce programme will prioritise over the next four years. It will also enable us to understand and meet the digital skills needs and expectations of the whole of the NHS workforce."

Under the programme, £6 million will be spent over the next four years to improve digital capabilities. Its first phase will comprise a three-week national online workshop to explore the needs of informaticians, taking people from all areas of the NHS.

The second phase, due to start in January, will focus on listening to clinical groups with all levels of digital proficiency.

The consultation will run until 13 December and is totally anonymous.

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