About the Digital Health Leadership Programme

Completion of the NHS Digital Academy Digital Health Leadership programme, delivered by Imperial College London along with their partners The University of Edinburgh and HDR UK, will result in an accredited Postgraduate Diploma in Digital Health Leadership.

The programme will continue to involve a blend of online and in-person residential learning. We aim to bring back face to face components once it is safe to do so recognising the value especially at the start of a learning programme to bring people together. The online components of the programme will be highly engaging for participants supporting both individual learning and creating a vibrant community of digital leaders.

See the Digital Health Leadership application booklet.

Hear what digital leaders have to say about the programme

We spoke to some of our digital leaders including Dr Natasha Phillips (NHSX CNIO), Sonia Patel (NHSX CIO), Simon Eccles (NHSX Deputy Chief Executive and CCIO for Health and Care) and Ming Tang (NHS England and Improvement Chief Data and Analytics Officer) about why they think the NHS Digital Academy is important and how it is going to support the professional development of our staff. This is what they had to say.

Dr Natasha Phillips RN, Chief Nursing Information Officer at NHSX tells us why the NHS Digital Academy’s Digital Health Leadership Programme has an important role to play in supporting the professionalism of our workforce.

What you will learn

The Digital Health Leadership programme consists of the following modules.

Essentials of Health Systems

This module aims to equip participants with essential knowledge for understanding health systems. Introducing the essential stakeholders and structures in health systems and also key principles for evaluating the impact of process, policy or product changes within a system. Content is delivered through short videos from leading academics, which are supplemented with core readings to guide participants through.

Implementing Strategy and Transformational Change

In this module, you will gain the skills to develop and implement a digital transformation strategy within your organisation. Drawing on insights from experienced healthcare and informatics faculty, industry leaders, case studies and your peers, you will develop a robust understanding of digital cultures, foundations, and frameworks to craft your own transformational strategy.

Health Information Systems and Technologies

This module introduces participants to new frameworks for digitally enabled change. CIOs and CCIOs need to lead on the development or procurement of health information systems. In this rapidly changing landscape, systems are increasingly interoperating; exchanging data with other systems. CIOs and CCIOs need to think innovatively around the methods and techniques used in system development and analysis whilst recognising standards, policy and professional guidance.

User-Centred Design and Citizen-Driven Informatics

Understanding the needs, expectations and experiences of health care users is vital if we are to effectively commission, design and deliver digital services. In this module we examine the philosophical and practical reasons for engaging and involving people in the design process and analyse the design methodologies used to ensure that products or services are usable, acceptable, effective and customer-centric. In addition, we will examine the importance of inclusive-design for avoiding the ‘digital health divide,’ how to engage citizens in decisions about uses of their data, and how to achieve innovations that are ethical and engaging.

Decision Support, Knowledge Management and Actionable Data Analytics

This module aims to provide participants with a broad overview of learning health systems and the workflow for data analysis, including elements of time-series analysis, signal processing, and machine learning. We cover aspects of data collection, data quality management, and study design. We focus on understanding principles towards exploring and analysing data, pattern recognition, and designing practical clinical support tools. We also touch on how decision processes are studied, biases in decision making, and evaluating decision support systems.

Leadership and Transformational Change

In this module participants will gain an understanding of key concepts in leadership and how these affect their practice, how to engage and build relationships with stakeholders, how to ensure that digital innovation is central to strategic developments across health and social care, and how to lead transformational change in the workplace with the added dimensions of complexity, diversity and disruption ushered in by digital technology.