Digital Health Leadership

Our innovative Postgraduate Diploma in Digital Health Leadership is the world class training course underpinning the NHS Digital Academy.

Key information

Duration: 1 year part-time
Start date
: April 2018
ECTS: 60 credits

Campus
Online
Residential locations

Applications for 2018

Open to applications for 2018 entry
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Overview

This world class, year long, training course underpins the NHS Digital Academy​, a virtual organisation set up to develop a new generation of excellent digital leaders who can drive the information and technology transformation of the NHS.

Part of a suite of work governed by the National Information Board, the Academy will support the Five Year Forward View Next Steps strategy by providing staff with the skills they need to use information and technology to reduce pressure on services and improve care quality.

The academy 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 this digital transformation.​ Commissioned by NHS England the Academy is delivered by a partnership of Imperial College London, the University of Edinburgh and Harvard Medical School.

Study programme

The programme will employ a blended learning approach, including online and residential learning. The online component of the programme will be highly engaging for participants, both supporting individual learning and creating a vibrant community of digital leaders.

You are expected to commit to three to five hours of study per week and attend up to twelve days of in-person residential sessions spread across 12 months. The April 2018 cohort will meet for residential learning on the following dates:

  • 16-18 April 2018
  • 4-6 July 2018
  • 21-23 November 2018
  • One day in February 2019 (TBC)

You are supported to immediately apply what you have learnt by carrying out a transformational change project within your organisation in parallel with taught modules

You are also supported both online and offline by a mentor network consisting of experienced academics and industry professionals.

Who should apply?

The NHS Digital Academy programme is for CIOs, CCIOs and aspiring digital leaders across the NHS and social care.

The programme is for you if you are:

  • a senior leader within the NHS and social care sector
  • ready and committed to developing your leadership skills and behaviours whilst undertaking a digital health related academic qualification (PG Dip Digital Health Leadership)
  • excited by the opportunity to immediately apply new skills, learning and behaviours to a transformational change project within your organisation

Careers

The Academy will nurture the growth of a vibrant, self-sustaining professional community – a well-connected network of CIOs, CCIOs and digital leaders who are constantly innovating, collaborating and sharing ideas.

We want our participants to raise the bar in terms of best practice in the digital leadership profession, and act as exemplars to others in the field. Peer support networks will be encouraged on a geographical basis so that people can build strong relationships and stay connected.

Structure

Modules shown are for the current academic year, and are subject to change depending on your year of entry.

Each module contains between four and seven weeks of online learning, followed by a three-week online assessment period. There are also up to 12 days of in-person residential learning.

  • Essentials of health systems
  • Adopting and tailoring the project and programme lifecycle
  • Health information systems and technologies
  • User-centred design and citizen-driven informatics
  • Decision support, knowledge management and actionable data analytics
  • Leadership and transformational change

Teaching and assessment

Teaching methods

The programme prominently features online learning, using best-in-class digital learning platforms to deliver the majority of modules. You will also have up to 12 days of in-person teaching and learning, and will include the following:

  • Lectures
  • Interactive workshops
  • Group work

Assessment methods

You will have both formative and summative assessments. The summative assessments will include:

  • Scenario-based multiple choice assessments
  • Engagement and participation in the online learning platform
  • Reflective essays relating to the application of skills acquired during the programme to workplace projects
  • Blog posts and videos assessed against learning outcomes
  • Practical exercises at residential sessions and write-ups of these exercises
  • Structured essay outlining a personal leadership development plan
  • Collaborative group exercises
  • Participation in group work and interactive residential sessions

Admissions

Admissions

Entry requirements

In order to be considered for the NHS Digital Academy, you must:

  • be a Chief Information Officer, Chief Clinical Information Officer or aspiring digital leader in the NHS or social care
  • have five years of relevant experience in informatics or digital health
  • have executive level support from your organisation
  • be available to attend all residential learning sessions (16-18 April 2018, 4-6 July 2018, 21-23 November 2018 and one day in February 2019, date TBC)
  • provide two references (professional or academic)

Our minimum academic requirement is at least a 2.2 UK Honour's degree in relevant degree subject.

If you do not hold a degree, please do still apply as we will consider your application.

International qualifications

The academic requirement above is for applicants who hold or who are working towards a UK qualification. 

We also accept a wide variety of international qualifications. For guidance see our Country Index though please note that the standards listed here are the minimum for entry to the College.

If you have any questions about admissions and the standard required for the qualification you hold or are currently studying then please contact the relevant admissions team.

English language requirement (all applicants)

All candidates must demonstrate a minimum level of English language proficiency for admission to the College.

For admission to this course, you must achieve the standard College requirement in the appropriate English language qualification. For details of the minimum grades required to achieve this requirement, please see the English language requirements for postgraduate applicants.

How to apply

All applicants must apply online.

The deadline for applications to this course is Friday 5 January 2018.

You will need to upload documents with your applications, which may include transcripts and degree certificates.

For our PG Diploma in Digital Health Leadership you will need to:

  • Download the Key Information
  • Submit a completed application form
  • Upload your Personal Statement and Executive Sponsorship document
  • Upload your CV
  • Submit two references (these can be received after the initial application submission)

ATAS certificate

An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for this course.

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