Dr Eric Topol introduces the Topol Review, with a letter to the Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care
The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care commissioned The Topol Review: Preparing the healthcare workforce to deliver the digital future, as part of the draft health and care Workforce Strategy for England to 2027 – Facing the Facts, Shaping the Future.
The Topol Review, led by cardiologist, geneticist, and digital medicine researcher Dr Eric Topol, explores how to prepare the healthcare workforce, through education and training, to deliver the digital future. Dr Topol appointed a Review Board and three Expert Advisory Panels. HEE provided the secretariat team to facilitate the Review.
The Topol Review is now published and it makes recommendations that will enable NHS staff to make the most of innovative technologies such as genomics, digital medicine, artificial intelligence and robotics to improve services. These recommendations support the aims of the NHS Long-Term Plan, and the workforce implementation plan, helping to ensure a sustainable NHS.
The Review advises on:
- how technological and other developments (including genomics, artificial intelligence, digital medicine and robotics) are likely to change the roles and functions of clinical staff in all professions over the next two decades to ensure safer, more productive, more effective and more personal care for patients;
- what the implications of these changes are for the skills required by the professionals filling these roles, identifying professions or sub-specialisms where these may be particularly significant;
- the consequences for the selection, curricula, education, training, development and lifelong learning of current and future National Health Service staff.
Digital Future of Mental Healthcare Report
by Dr Tom Foley and Dr James Woollard
Good mental health services are now recognised as vital to the NHS and to the health of the nation. With that in mind, the NHS Long Term Plan proposes to significantly increase mental health investment and envisages data and technology as central to transforming services.
The Topol Review was established to explore how technology will impact on healthcare and its workforce, focusing on the impact of digital health, genomics, robotics and artificial intelligence over the next twenty years. This supplementary report explores these questions within mental health.
The launch of the final report of the Topol Review
Dr Eric Topol
Preparing the healthcare workforce to deliver the digital future
Dr Eric Topol introduces The Technology Review, which he chaired, facilitated by Health Education England, and explores the potential of innovative technologies on the skills required by NHS staff. Discussion follows with NHS figures discussing the potential of the Topol Review to prepare the healthcare workforce to deliver the digital future.
The Topol Review
Views across the NHS
Short film of health professionals discussing the potential of the Topol Review to prepare the healthcare workforce to deliver the digital future.
Health Education England have launched a fellowship programme to provide health professionals with time, support and training to lead digital health transformations and innovations in their organisations. The first cohort of digital fellows began their fellowships in September 2019.
In response to the Topol Review, Health Education England (HEE) are establishing the Topol programme for twenty Digital Fellowships in healthcare for clinicians, to incorporate digital health expertise within their careers and pursue training in informatics and digital health.