The recently published Topol Review outlined recommendations to ensure the NHS is the world leader in using innovative technology 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, and the Topol programme for Digital Fellowships aims to support NHS organisations to invest in clinical staff to develop specialist digital skills, including the use of digital technologies, while giving clinicians enough time outside of clinical commitments to dedicate training for a digital future.

Health Education England have launched 20 new digital fellowships to incorporate digital health expertise within their careers and pursue training in informatics and digital health. This has been an exciting opportunity for all NHS clinical staff (AFC Band 5 and above/Post Foundation Training) including doctors, nurses, allied health professionals, dentists, healthcare scientists, pharmacists and others to join the NHS digital revolution. It is an exciting step in how the NHS will prepare staff for a digital future.

What is involved?

These Digital Fellowships will look at improvement and transformation initiatives most commonly underpinned by digital technologies. The main impetus of the fellowship programme is on transformation of care enabled by technology and the skills, competencies and knowledge to successfully deliver on this.

Applications are now closed while the applicants’ proposals are being considered.

We would like to thank all the prospective fellows who applied as there was a high number of excellent applications and we will be announcing the results later in the spring.