About the Topol Digital Fellowship programme

The Topol Programme for Digital Fellowships in Healthcare aims to support NHS organisations to invest in clinical staff to develop specialist digital skills and to learn about leading digital transformation, while giving clinicians enough time outside of clinical commitments to lead digital health improvements and innovations.

The fellowship programme will provide fellows with time and support to design and deliver digital health projects and initiatives in their organisations and a programme of workshops and mentoring to stimulate and support fellows to lead digital health transformations for NHS staff and patients. This will be an exciting opportunity for NHS clinical staff, including doctors, nurses, allied health professionals, dentists, healthcare scientists, pharmacists and others, to shape and accelerate the NHS digital revolution.

The first cohort of digital fellows began their fellowships in September 2019.

Updates from our fellows

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Matthew Alexander

Saying why

  • 17th Jan 2020

In our organisation we are now two and a half months in to the rollout of our ‘Paperlite’ programme under the Global Digital Exemplar Programme body of work. From this we have moved a huge swathe of our paper-based processes on to the computer (It’s a start!) and have started to practise like we have a true Electronic Health Record. As I was told at the start of my Informatics journey by my then CCIO, Dr Rob Allcock: “All improvement requires change, but not all change is improvement”.

Matthew Alexander

Identity, the tightrope and being more

  • 16th Dec 2019

My name is Matthew, and I am a Doctor – a Dermatologist to be exact. Or at least that was true until more recently. I suppose I identify now as more ‘bi-professional’ or ‘It’s complicated’. It has become complicated by trying to build my niche in Clinical Informatics, alongside my training as a Dermatologist.

Matthew Alexander

The language of change

  • 23rd Nov 2019

When I started my Clinical Informatics journey a few years ago, the organisation I was in subscribed to being a ‘Lean’ organisation and my first indoctrination was by reading ‘The Toyota Way’ by Jeffrey K. Liker. I immediately sped through reading it all and was so happy to have found a common language to be able to explain why I thought a system and a process was wrong, and how one might go about fixing it.