We’ve just started working with NHS Providers, the representative body for NHS Trusts. Over the next 3 years, we’ll be working together to deliver digital development sessions for NHS Trust boards all over the country.
This week we released our first guide. It’s called ‘A new era of digital leadership’.
We’ve said ‘new era’ because digital transformation isn’t new to health. Every Trust has taken on technology projects and digital initiatives. All have seen some benefits, all have got some scars. There’s an argument to be made that no sector stands to gain more from internet-era ways of working and technology, yet none has been more wounded by its flawed implementation.
What is new is the impact a global pandemic has had on the NHS. While coronavirus has accelerated the adoption of some technology across healthcare, that doesn’t mean the NHS has been transformed overnight. Far from it. Achieving lasting change – and the improvements to clinical outcomes, patient experience and staff satisfaction that can be gained from it – means looking at underlying ways of working, and seeing how they need to evolve.
That will mean leaders have to develop curiosity and confidence in new areas. Which, hopefully, is where Public Digital will come in. We’ll be running board development sessions around the country – remote for now, but hopefully not forever – publishing guides and convening peer learning events. Much of that will involve sharing our mistakes, so others don’t have to make the same ones.
Our progress so far
It’s still early days for the programme. So far, alongside working on the guide, we ran webinars for over 100 NHS non-executive directors in June, with the first board sessions starting in the summer. As we go, we plan to dive a lot deeper into some of the issues that make digital change really hard, especially in complex organisations like the NHS.
But it’s an exciting time. Healthcare is never dull, or easy. Lives are always at stake. And while it faces pressures like never before, the NHS is one of the most sweeping canvases in the world to work on changes that matter.
We look forward to helping some of the leaders charged with making those changes happen.
Here’s a short video from Saffron Cordery, Deputy CEO at NHS Providers, and myself introducing the brand new programme and explaining the impact digital can have on NHS boards.