What people are saying about the Digital Futures Programme

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

Service Director of Adult Social Care at Gateshead Council, Steph Downey shares her experience of the Yale and Health Education England Digital Futures Programme.

Norwich GP Jeanine Smirl shares her experience of the Yale and Health Education England Digital Futures Programme.

"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