About the NHS Digital Academy About the NHS Digital Academy

The NHS Digital Academy is our home for digital learning and development, set up to increase the digital skills of our workforce and to support a new generation of digital leaders who can drive the transformation of the NHS.

It was established following a 2017 Secretary of State commitment as the concept emerged from Making IT Work: Harnessing the Power of Health Information Technology to Improve Care in England (the Wachter review) and recommendations outlining the need to develop and invest in the capability and capacity of digital change leaders (including specifically CIOs, CCIOs and CNIOs). 

Five years on, the NHS Digital Academy – through its flagship Digital Health Leadership programme - has/is supporting the development of around 500 digital change leaders across health and care. We are now significantly expanding the Digital Academy model into a suite of learning artefacts – additional formal learning programmes, learning resources and tools – which will mean digital learning and development will be accessible to a much higher number and broader range of individuals across our workforce.

Find out more about the rationale behind the expansion by reading our future vision report.

Page last reviewed: 24 August 2021