The programme is a 12-month fully accredited Postgraduate Diploma in Digital Health Leadership delivered by Imperial College London along with The University of Edinburgh and HDR UK. Participants that successfully complete the PGDip have the option of further learning by completing a master’s degree (subject to participants securing additional funding, this master’s option isn’t funded centrally).
The programme will be delivered through a blend of online and in-person* learning methods. All components of the programme will be highly engaging for participants supporting both individual learning and creating a vibrant community of digital leaders.
*Subject to government COVID guidance.
Establishment of the Digital Health Leadership Programme was a result of a 2017 Secretary of State commitment following recommendations made by the Wachter Review (Making IT Work: Harnessing the Power of Health Information Technology to Improve Care in England), specifically around the need to develop and invest in the capability and capacity of digital change leaders.
This led to the inception of a Post Graduate Diploma (PGDip) in Digital Health Leadership with Cohorts 1-3 delivered by Imperial College London in partnership with The University of Edinburgh and Harvard Medical School. Following a subsequent open procurement process in early 2021, Health Education England re-commissioned the delivery of an additional four Cohorts (4-7) again through Imperial College London and The University of Edinburgh, along with partners HDR UK.
Evolution of the NHS Digital Academy
In its initial years, the Digital Health Leadership Programme has been often more widely referred to as the NHS Digital Academy. It is therefore important that we now highlight the evolution of the concept of the NHS Digital Academy.
In March 2021, Health Education England published a paper that set out the ‘Future Vision of the NHS Digital Academy'. This outlined its planned expansion, increasing the range of learning and development offerings that are available to meet the needs of our workforce.
The Digital Health Leadership Programme is now a part of the NHS Digital Academy model. Whilst being recognised as the flagship learning programme, it is part of a wider set of learning and development products and offerings which includes learning programmes and tools. We therefore now refer to the Digital Health Leadership Programme as just that, and not as the NHS Digital Academy.