NHS Digital, Health Education England look to get #DigitalReady

NHS Digital, Health Education England look to get #DigitalReady

NHS Digital and Health Education England have launched a #DigitalReady online consultation to collect the perspectives of health service staff on how they want to use digital technology.

The two organisations said that the online consultation is open to those who use data and technology in their role and invited opinions and ideas on what can be done to improve their digital skills and knowledge.

The input will be used to develop solutions for the workforce to become digital ready.

Under the Digital Ready programme, £6m will be spent over the next four years to improve digital capabilities.

The first phase of the programme will comprise a three-week national online workshop to explore the needs of informaticians, taking people from all areas of the NHS.

In the second phase, which is due to start in January, focus will be on listening to clinical groups with all levels of digital proficiency.

The consultation will be in the form of a totally anonymous online conversation and will run until 13 December 2017. Participants can vote, comment and contribute as many times as they like, the organisations said.

NHS Digital director of Provider Digitisation and Programmes Nic Fox said: “The learning from this consultation has the potential to be truly transformative. It’s amassing an incredible wealth of experience, ideas and knowledge, and the more responses that are submitted, the greater the pool of knowledge will be.

“The results will help to determine how the Building a Digital Ready Workforce programme will prioritise over the next four years. It will also enable us to understand and meet the digital skills needs and expectations of the whole of the NHS workforce.”