Online Digital Certificates

We will be looking to develop a collection of online digital certificates for the broader informatics community and others who are interested in upskilling to support consistent baseline information. Individuals working in informatics may lack basic information in one or more key areas depending on their career path. These certificates will provide basic training for those working in any digital, data and technology role. We want to be able to articulate their alignment to both the different registration levels of FEDIP alongside the Health and Care Digital Capabilities framework.

The online certificates will be open access, use storytelling, and reduce silos through increasing an individual’s baseline knowledge of other teams and areas of work. We think this will include foundation and practitioner certificates but this will be determined through discovery work. Importantly they will be applicable to health and care with relevance to key policy. We will have some early discovery work on the online certificates complete within 20/21 which will feed into our wider online learning development offer.

Alongside this, we will ensure that there is open access content available from our commissioned learning programmes, some of which may become part of the certifications. We will also develop standalone modules and artefacts to support flexibility and bitesize learning. Greater availability of learning will make it easier for leaders to take content back into their organisations and signpost individuals to key areas of benefit, and for practitioners to acquire relevant knowledge and proficiency to promote change, depending on organisational priorities and challenges. The online aspects mentioned so far will have NHS Digital Academy branding.

The Digital Readiness programme is experiencing increased interest around development of online learning content which has been exacerbated by the pandemic. At the same time a lot of high-quality content is already in existence from a variety of providers, and we do not wish to reinvent the wheel. Currently individuals do not always know where to look, or always understand which are the best learning opportunities (to meet their personal requirements or help in their chosen career pathway), or how to be assured that the learning is of a good quality.

We will look to create a service for online learning which brings together supplier management, horizon scanning, curation and development of content, effective marketing, communications and promotion. These should also be accredited, linked to relevant career competencies and we will look to work with FEDIP and the Professional bodies to assure our branded content. Where there is a desire to do so, some of this additional content will also receive co-branding. Development of a service will also ensure as we curate and refresh the branded NHS Digital Academy content, we are meeting the demands of the health and care system. We will work closely with the HEE Technology Enhanced Learning team who manage the HEE e-Learning for Healthcare platform as part of this work. We will seek to work with the Informatics Skills Development Networks and other key stakeholders to increase awareness of the available online content available. We will be carrying out further discovery work to understand the user requirements and development of this full online learning service throughout 21/22