Digital Academy

The Postgraduate Diploma in Digital Health Leadership empowers health and care leaders to drive digital transformation in the NHS

Postgraduate Diploma in Digital Health Leadership

The NHS Digital Academy was commissioned following a 2017 Secretary of State commitment and the Wachter Review, 'Making IT Work: Harnessing the Power of Health Information Technology to Improve Care in England'. Its recommendations outline the need to develop and invest in the capability and capacity of digital change leaders.

In its first iteration, the NHS Digital Academy trained more than 300 health and care professionals on its flagship Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) in Digital Health Leadership programme.

Now in its fifth year of delivering the PGDip in Digital Health Leadership programme, we have reviewed the curriculum to broaden its appeal to attract diverse talent from across health and care professions. Complementing the largely online delivery, the Leadership Forums aim to increase the emphasis on self-awareness and leadership development for participants to solidify their leadership styles and strategies, and provide opportunities to consider equality, diversity and inclusion.

Commissioned by Health Education England in partnership with NHS England, the Digital Health Leadership programmeis delivered by a partnership of Imperial College London’s Institute of Global Health Innovation, HDR UK and Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust.

Who is it for?

The programme is targeted at individuals who are working in a role where they are required to drive and implement practical digital transformational change within their organisation or system. Applicants will need to evidence this in their application.

Applicants will have 3-to-5 years’ relevant experience in health informatics or digital health, and will have obtained Executive-level support from within their organisation that will enable them to apply new skills, learning, and behaviours to projects within their organisation or system. They are expected to attend experiential learning and live teaching sessions – whether face-to-face or virtual. Please see a full overview of eligibility criteria.

If you are interested in joining the next cohort , applications for cohort 6 will open early in 2023 and an initial application process is managed by Health Education England.    

Application process and resources

Visit the NHS Health Education England website for detailed information about the programme, eligibility, and application process on the Digital Health Leadership web pages.