Digital leadership in the NHS

Across the providers sector there are multiple examples of good digital leadership. In a series of blogs, videos and reflection pieces, trust leaders consider their own digital capabilities and discuss the role of their board.   




  • Digital download: understanding user need (3 minute read) | A summary of some of the practical ideas trust leaders have shared to get closer to their users' digital experiences
  • Introducing an EPR at Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust (5 minute read) | Based on her trust's own experiences, chief information officer Mandy Griffin sets out seven strategic lessons for trust boards looking to introduce aelectronic patient recordbut that can also be applied more broadly to digital transformation. 
  • Digital leadership in the NHS (3 minute read) Consultant physician Shanti Vijayaraghavan and trust chief executive Joe Harrison write about the ten ways effective digital leadership can turn vision into reality.
  • Why do so many technology projects in healthcare fail? (10 minute read) | Professor Trisha Greenlagh's NASSS framework explains the common reasons for non-adoption and abandonment of digital technologies in the NHS. This blog explores the seven domains underpinning this framework.  
  • Delivery the benefits of digital health care (long read) | This report from the Nuffield Trust summarises the opportunities of digital transformation with case studies and insights from across the sector.
  • Digital transformation in the NHS (long read) | The National Audit Office analyse the current state of digital services in the NHS and examines the readiness of national NHS bodies to deliver and support at scale digital transformation. 





  • The Provider Podcast Season Two Episode Four (37 minutes)The What does a new era of digital leadership mean? | Saffron Cordery, deputy chief executive at NHS Providers chairs a panel discussion with Dr Navina Evans, chief executive Health Education England, Andrew Greenway, partner at Public Digital, Sam Allen, chief executive at Sussex Partnership and Crishni Waring, chair at Northamptonshire Healthcare about the consequences of the new digital ways of working that have been at the heart of the sector’s response to COVID-19.  
  • The Provider Podcast Season Five Episode Two (32 minutes) | Digital Boards: Lessons from clinical leadership | In this episode, Saffron speaks to chief clinical information officers Ayesha Rahim, Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust, and Annalise McNair, Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust, on the importance of clinical leadership in digital transformation for NHS trusts and foundation trusts.
  • The Provider Podcast Season Five Episode Three (25 minutes) | Digital Boards: Lessons from diverse leadership | In this episode, Saffron Cordery speaks with Shera Chok, The Shuri Network co-founder and chair, NHS Digital deputy chief medical officer and NHS England and NHS Improvement national clinical advisor, Patricia Miller OBE, Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust chief executive and board director for the NHS Race and Health Observatory, and Andy Callow group chief digital information officer at Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust  and Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust. They discuss why representation matters in digital and across wider services, what practical steps boards should be taking to improve diversity, the importance of inclusivity in the recruitment process, how the diversity of the workforce and wider communities is not represented adequately in its leadership and how this can negatively impact digital products and services which are shaped through a biased 'single lens'.​​
  • The Provider Podcast Season Five Episode Five (24 minutes) | Digital Boards: Lessons from national leaders | In this episode of our Digital Boards season, Saffron Cordery speaks with national NHS leaders Navina Evans, Health Education England chief executive, and Sonia Patel, NHSX chief information officer, about digital acceleration, tackling health inequalities in digital, what trust boards should prioritise to progress their digital maturity and how trusts can support their workforce during digital transformation.


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