Digital Academy

The NHS Digital Academy was established to empower health and care leaders to drive digital transformation in the NHS

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. [Read the review here]

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

In the fourth year of delivering the PGDip Digital Health Leadership programme, we look to broaden its appeal to attract diverse talent from across health and care professions.

Commissioned by NHS Health Education England in partnership with NHSX, the Academy is delivered by a partnership of Imperial College London’s Institute of Global Health Innovation, the Usher Institute at the University of Edinburgh, HDR UK and Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust.

Who is it for?

Applications are now open to delegates from Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, and the British Isles – with submissions due by 21 June 2021. The year-long programme will commence in September 2021.

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.

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.