What people are saying about the Digital Futures Programme

Here is a selection of testimonials from supporters of the programme and previous participants.

Course leaders and alumni give an overview of the Digital Futures programme and discuss the benefits for delegates.

Digital Futures course leaders and alumni discuss the programme

Course leaders and alumni give an overview of the programme and discuss the benefits for delegates. The course leaders include: Adeola Ayedun, Programme Manager, Global Health Leadership; Professor Leslie Curry, Programme Director of Yale HEE Digital Futures Programme; and, Erika Linnander, Director, Global Health Leadership Initiative and Lecturer of Health Policy and Management, Yale School of Public Health. Alumni of the programme include: Paul Fleming, Strategic Director of Resources, Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council; Dr Jack Aw, General Practitioner, Loomer Road Surgery; and Dr Ashwani Peshen, GP and Thanet Clinical Leader.

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thing that's

 

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unique about the programme is the fact that delegates come

 

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as a trio of health and social care and educationalists.

 

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And so there's a diversity of perspectives on the team.

 

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And so I think that that's a really a huge benefit for delegates

 

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where they get to work across different sectors.

 

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One other piece

 

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that's unique is that we get to visit here for a week in the UK

 

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and then we support them in working on their projects

 

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throughout a nine month period.

 

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And then they come to visit us at Yale, learn what's good

 

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and maybe not so good about how we work in the US

 

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on health and social care.

 

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And so it's an extended relationship that we have with delegates.

 

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It brings together representatives from across the system

 

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to think about problems differently.

 

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It offers the opportunity for them

 

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to take a step out of their day jobs, connect with colleagues,

 

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and then be provided with tools and structures and frameworks

 

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to really think critically about the challenges

 

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that are facing their systems and come up with novel solutions

 

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that we think are going to have really high impact.

 

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I think it can give

 

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people who are leading those systems the experience

 

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and the ability to bring on their teams and their staff.

 

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So the things that I learnt on this programme, I directly

 

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shared with my teams.

 

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So a lot of the approaches and thinking differently,

 

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bringing people together, coalitions,

 

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looking at different perspectives

 

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and different drivers in an economy.

 

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And so I think it just gives more experience

 

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and learning creates learning.

 

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I think it's is it's really stimulated all of us

 

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in terms of having ideas, having

 

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having sort of frameworks to follow.

 

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But I think more importantly,

 

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a couple of things

 

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I'm going to take away

 

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personally is it's giving me an insight into tools

 

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that I wasn't aware of before.

 

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The other really important things is I've already developed

 

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some amazing, I think, start of friendships,

 

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but also connections and experts

 

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in areas and fields that I had no idea of.

 

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And that's something that I don't think I'll be able to

 

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have got anywhere else.

 

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It's a very interesting programme.

 

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For the first couple of days,

 

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as you would think "What am I doing here?"

 

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exactly like I thought.

 

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And as I said earlier, after 2 to 3 days, the penny drops.

 

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That's when you realise actually

 

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the way you've been looking at the problems might,

 

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I might need a bit of a tweaking.

 

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You have been

 

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most of the people who come here are on quite senior leadership

 

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levels already, so they've already travel a lot of the journeys.

 

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But what it does is helps enhance the life skills,

 

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what they've already learnt through, through, through the rate,

 

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through the years

 

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they need to solve.

Alumni of the Digital Futures programme discuss what they have got out of the programme and how their local system will benefit from their experiences.

Digital Futures alumni share their experiences

Alumni of the Digital Futures programme discuss what they have got out of the programme and how their local system will benefit from their experiences. The alumni includes: Dr Ashwani Peshen, GP and Thanet Clinical Leader; Rachel Chown, Education and Training Lead, Manchester Cancer Research Centre and The Christie NHS Foundation Trust; Neha Sehgal, Senior Lecturer, Sheffield Hallam University; and, Iona Lidington, Director of Public Health, Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames Council

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has helped me is to get a more focussed approach and the things

 

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get out of my team's or the problem or the lens I'm looking for.

 

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What this programme has done is because I've interacted so much

 

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with some different people from different,

 

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different backgrounds,

 

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it has given me a good perspective

 

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to understand their challenges.

 

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It has given me a good understanding

 

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to understand their strengths.

 

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So what I am able to do now as a system

 

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leader is to tap into those.

 

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what advantage of the thing which you will understand is

 

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it has helped me develop human relationships.

 

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Now I know people in other trusts.,I know people in the council.

 

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I can just pick up the phone and have a chat with and say,

 

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I think we have a problem here.

 

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How do we... how do we try and sit down together and sort it out?

 

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I think it will really bolster

 

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and give us a better idea of how we best work together.

 

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but for us personally, you know, this is new interactions,

 

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new ways of working,

 

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and it gives us a framework

 

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that we can apply to other projects within...

 

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the programme

 

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obviously gives us a really wide, really varied network

 

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of other people around the UK, access to experts in the US.

 

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So I am hoping that kind of lifelong mentorship

 

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and kind of lifelong access

 

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to people that can help us with these complex problems.

 

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I think Digital Future Programme has provided a great platform

 

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for collaboration with senior members

 

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from local council and also from NHS in

 

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bringing the transformation to adopt digital technologies

 

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and tools.

 

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I think it's really good to have got both health,

 

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education and local authority

 

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working together in partnership

 

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where we can start

 

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to make the biggest difference

 

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to look at as part of the course.

"Using education to prepare the NHS and social care workforce to deliver the digital future was a fantastic course, it allowed the development of a small team of local leaders to develop their skills within the supportive  environment of other similar groups facilitated by world leading experts. Personally this has massively accelerated my learning and also my practical skills in leading organisations, groups and individuals through the ever changing landscape through and after Covid. It has given me the confidence to apply techniques to get the most out of myself and others the better to improve the care of our population and has given me a set of skills I will continue to use throughout my career."
Alumni Dr Richard Cullen - Chair, Rotherham Clinical Commissioning Group, SYB ICS digital lead

"I thoroughly enjoyed Module 2 of the Leadership course and I'm thankful that we were finally able to make it to Yale during the COVID-19 pandemic. Listening to all the delegates update on their respective projects was useful and strengthened our networking and shared learning from systems across the UK. The lectures and Q&A discussions that took place were very informative and gave valuable insight on how digital transformation has been applied in the United States. I have left the course with a strong network of colleagues and equipped with a valuable skill set that has developed as a result of this impressive leadership course."
Alumni Dr Aravinth Balachandran - GP Partner, Oaklands Health Centre. Clinical Director, Folkestone, Hythe & Rural PCN

“What an invaluable opportunity to share learning between our own health and social care system and that of our US colleagues – a fantastic, well-managed and worthwhile programme.”
Alumni Deborah Hammond - Shropshire Telford and Wrekin ICS

"The combination of the practical demonstrations of the digital projects, the learning from Yale colleagues (and most particularly the inspirational David Berg), the tools we have been given to work together as teams and the sheer positive spirit of the whole programme in celebrating success has left me revitalised in a way that could not come at a better time, and has left me feeling inspired to take forward new leadership projects across our ICS. It has been the best leadership course I have ever taken part in."
Alumni Suzanne Meredith - Deputy Director of Public Health (Public Health Services), Public Health

“It has been a privilege to be part of a world-class programme with inspirational tutors and outstanding colleagues”
Alumni Dr Jim Gardner - Executive Medical Director, Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

“The main thing that I've taken away from this project has been that shared, systematic, strategic problem solving can cut through to the nub of an issue ... importantly as a healthcare educationalist we have a role in transformation across healthcare systems. I would recommend the Digital Futures Programme as a space to share learning across disciplines and professions bringing a range of experience and knowledge to draw on. It's been good and it's been good fun!”
Alumni Anita Sargeant - Head of School of Allied Health Professions and Midwifery, University of Bradford

“This is a fantastic opportunity for any senior leaders across health, social care, education and local government to come forward and gain a greater understanding of the digital agenda and how it can transform their organisation and expand their thinking from local to global.”
Patrick Mitchell - Director of Innovation, Digital and Transformation, Health Education England

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