Introduction to Informatics for Allied Health Professionals
NHS England's Digital Academy for Health and Care have commissioned The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) to develop an online, interactive learning resource which introduces allied health professionals (AHPs) across the UK to health informatics, and how technology can support their work.
Scheduled to be completed in late 2023, the CSP will work in collaboration with Keele University and other AHP professional bodies to deliver the resource, which builds on exploratory work it conducted as part of the CSP's Physiotherapy Health Informatics Strategy (PHIS). The PHIS identified the need for an accessible online learning platform made up of bitesize pieces of learning arranged in modules to support clinicians to meet this requirement.
Relevant to all AHPs
The CSP team are developing the online content for NHS England (NHSE) as an introduction to informatics that will be supported with examples of practical application across the 15 AHPs. It is working with 11 of the 15 other AHP professional bodies to ensure content and delivery is relevant to all professions. The learning will be hosted on the learning hub but will be accessible to all AHPs in the UK regardless of where they are based, their employment sector and their experience.
Furthermore, the platform will allow users to access the learning when it is appropriate for them, with no requirement to consume it all in one go. The course has been designed for anyone involved in the AHP services who is new to digital and informatics to support the delivery of their services.
The role of digital in health and social care
When used appropriately, digital technology can have a positive impact on health and social care service provision and patient experience. Both the 2016 Watcher Report and 2019 Topol Review commented that gaps in competence, reinforced by lack of specific and relatable clinical examples are amongst the reasons for it not being mainstream in the delivery of healthcare.
NHS England's Long Term Plan (2019) identified the need to develop competence, confidence and motivation in the use of digital technology, a focus repeated in the digital framework for AHPs in England (2019), the AHP Strategy for England (2022) as well as the Digital Strategies of Northern Ireland (2016), Scotland (2021) and Wales (2022).
Publication of the resource
The work is scheduled to complete in late 2023, with further information on a launch date to follow.
Page last reviewed: 5 September 2023
Next review due: 5 September 2024