Applications for Cohort 4 of the NHS Digital Academy’s Digital Health Leadership Programme to open on 1st April

From the NHS Digital Academy:

We are pleased to announce that we will be opening the application window for Cohort 4 of the Digital Health Leadership Programme (NHS Digital Academy) on 1st April 2021 with the Cohort starting in September 2021. We intend to close the application window on Friday 30th April 2021. 

The NHS Digital Academy and the Digital Health Leadership Programme was set up as a direct response to the findings of Professor Robert Wachter’s review into how the English health and care system should best approach the implementation of information technology. The report, Making IT Work, observed that there was “a lack of professionals — namely CCIOs and CIOs — that can drive forward the transformation agenda enabled by informatics and technology.”  

This programme aims to develop a new generation of digital leaders who can drive the information and technology transformation in the NHS. It develops strong digital leaders who are capable of delivering change so that patient care, and the way that organisations operate, can benefit from the many improvements and innovations modern technology has to offer. More information about the programme is available on our new NHS Digital Academy website

Applicants need to be working in an NHS, public health or social care role in England to apply for this programme. This programme is aimed at Chief Information Officers (CIOs), Chief Clinical Information Officers (CCIOs), Chief Nursing Information Officers (CNIOs), Chief Digital Information Officers (CDIOs), their deputies and other senior digital change leaders in the NHS in England.  

We know that job titles and responsibilities are incredibly varied in this space and we would not exclude individuals based on this. However, the programme is targeted at individuals who are operating within a context and are in a role where they are required to drive and implement practical transformational change within their organisation or system. Applicants will need to evidence this in their application. We have developed a more inclusive and transparent recruitment process for Cohort 4 to encourage applicants from under-represented groups to apply and increase diversity on our cohorts. 

Alongside this, we are launching our new NHS Digital Academy website. You will find the latest updates on our website and the Digital Readiness Twitter account. The website will also include support throughout the application process such as top tips, case studies and a webinar series to understand both the application process and what to expect, hearing from previous participants.  

Importantly, our new website includes our plans to increase access to learning for a greater number of individuals with our future vision. While the Digital Health Leadership Programme will remain the flagship programme, the future vision allows us to develop an expanded set of learning programmes and learning artefacts to support individuals at all stages of their career from a range of backgrounds. This will include more open access and bitesize flexible learning. We will work with key stakeholders to develop infrastructure and ensure our digital workforce has greater access to opportunities. 

Establishing the NHS Digital Academy is a workstream within the HEE Digital Readiness Programme. This programme is commissioned by NHSX