Digital funding a welcome step

18 March 2021

Responding to the health and social care secretary Matt Hancock's announcement for further funding for the Digital aspirant programme, the deputy chief executive of NHS Providers, Saffron Cordery, said:

"We welcome today's announcement that 32 trusts will receive funding as part of the digital aspirant programme.

"Digital technologies have played a crucial role in the sector's response to COVID-19, and the entire NHS workforce, including clinicians, operations and IT staff, have all worked tirelessly to deploy, implement and adapt to new ways of working.

"Trust leaders themselves will be best placed to make investment decisions. For many this will involve investing in core infrastructure to make things easier for staff: from improving Wi-Fi coverage to fixing slow log in times.

"Looking ahead, we hope the Digital aspirant programme acts as one component as part of a broader approach to digital funding. NHSX's "who pays for what" work should be clear about how trusts can expect to make longer term, sustainable investments in digital ways of working, that recognises both the revenue and capital implications."

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