New report recommends new approach to national digital leadership

24 November 2021

Responding to Putting data, digital and tech at the heart of transforming the NHS, published by the government, the chief executive of NHS Providers, Chris Hopson said:

"We welcome this report on digital leadership and its recommendations. Over the course of the pandemic, trusts have accelerated innovations and digital has become a core part of everyday operations, with trusts experiencing significant changes in the ways services have been delivered.

"Earlier this week we welcomed centralising the leadership of NHSX and NHS Digital into NHS England and NHS Improvement, so long as sufficient focus is given to digital transformation and the important, complex and detailed work being done in this space. We are pleased to see the review, published today, echoes this sentiment.

"We also welcome the ambitions to implement a new operating model across the central bodies to help drive digital and data transformation. The report rightly recognises that successful digital transformation not only requires access to new technologies, but also changes to ways of working, culture and behaviour as well as funding.

"Trust leaders themselves are already adopting these changing mindsets outlined in the report. NHS Providers continues to support boards to do this through our Digital Board programme, commissioned by Health Education England and supported by NHSX.

"Trust boards will also be encouraged to see that there is a recommendation to enact some changes in the supplier market and will look forward to seeing the detail on how this would be adopted.

"We look forward to seeing these recommendations being implemented and continuing to support trusts with their digital agendas."

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