The Topol Review outlined recommendations to ensure the NHS is the world leader in using digital technologies to benefit patients. It will involve implementing technologies such as genomics, digital medicine, artificial intelligence and robotics at a faster pace and on a greater scale than anywhere else in the world. 

This is happening now. The Topol programme for Digital Fellowships 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. 

Meet the 2019 fellows below:

Matthew Alexander

  • Dermatology Registrar
  • Royal Victoria Infirmary

Sarim Ather

  • Doctor and Biodesign Fellow
  • Oxford University Hospitals

Vinay Chavda

  • Dentist
  • University of Birmingham

David Cox

  • Neonatologist
  • Great Ormond Street Hospital

Roxanne Crosby-Nwaobi

  • Head of Research Nursing
  • Moorfields Eye Hospital

Ari Ercole

  • Consultant in Neurointensive Care
  • Cambridge University Hospitals

Sarah Hudson

  • Cardiology Registrar
  • University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust

Meriam Islam

  • Ophthalmology Registrar
  • Moorfields Eye Hospital

Yat Wah Li

  • Consultant in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care
  • Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust

Abison Logeswaran

  • Ophthalmology Registrar
  • Moorfields Eye Hospital

Melanie Martin

  • Advanced Physiotherapy Practitioner
  • Guy's & St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust

Monsey McLeod

  • Pharmacist
  • Imperial College NHS Trust

Michael Nix

  • Clinical Scientist
  • Leeds Cancer Centre - Radiotherapy

Tim Robbins

  • Specialist Registrar in Diabetes and Endocrinology
  • University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire

Simon Rodney

  • Medical Oncology Registrar
  • The Royal Marsden Hospital

Haris Shuaib

  • Clinical Scientist
  • Guy's & St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust

Christopher Tack

  • Physiotherapist
  • Guy's & St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust

David Zargaran

  • Core Surgical Trainee in Plastic Surgery
  • Guy's & St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust