Creating scalable education and training resources for digital healthcare
My project proposal centres around both developing the strategic infrastructure for multi-professional digital healthcare education and training for all levels of digital expertise and creating scalable education and training resources for digitally-augmented healthcare.
The project will be supported by Great Ormond Street Hospital’s DRIVE initiative – which has key relationships with organisations central to the NHS’ digital strategy (Health Education England, HDRUK, NHS Digital, NHSX) and academic links and industry partnerships – as well as by the NIHR Academy, and UCL’s Knowledge Lab (part of UCL’s world-leading Institute of Education).
The proposal involves parallel workstreams (with dynamic crossover) that:
- Identify gaps in current and future (multi-disciplinary) NHS workforce education and training that limit the potential of healthcare technologies; early objectives being the use and management of clinical data, clinical informatics and data science.
- Create new educational and training resources on digital healthcare technologies, relevant to clinicians, clinical academics, and non-clinical specialists integrated into the NHS to leverage the power of data and analytics.
- Develop national networks and reference groups for leadership, implementation and horizon-scanning
- Consider and evaluate how long-term, flexible, clinical and academic careers with valued time for clinical informatics and data science can be constructed.
What will help to make digital transformation a reality in the NHS?
For me, the key determinant of successful digital transformation in the NHS, and for its patients, will be the development of multi-professional education and training that allows the NHS workforce to harness and realise the potential of digital healthcare technologies.