Developing a clinically focused digital workforce


Digital workforce resources for nursing, allied health professionals (AHPs) and wider clinical staff to support the implementation of digital systems and the development of digital and informatics career specialties in nursing and AHP careers.

Developing a digital career framework

Across the NHS, pioneering nurses and AHPs are moving into clinical informatics, both in new, groundbreaking roles and by leading the implementation of innovative digital health and care systems as part of their existing roles. It is now time to support these developments with a career framework for digital roles within the health service — from basic digital skills to postgraduate specialist functions.

Clinical informatics and digital delivery in health and care: a career framework outline for nurses and allied health professionals PDF, 1.9 MB

This guidance, produced with input from Health Education England, NHS England, NHS Digital and the Royal College of Nursing, outlines a career framework to enable nurses and AHPs to develop a career in digital health/clinical informatics and help clinicians and professional bodies recognise their valuable contribution to systems development, implementation roll-out and evaluation.

Career stories: clinical informatics and digital delivery in health and care PDF, 743.4 KB

These 17 personal accounts from nursing, allied health profession and social care colleagues bring to life the roles outlined in the digital career framework. They are pioneers making the journey to digital and informatics roles across several different areas of the NHS including education, operational delivery, research and strategic management.

Digital systems in healthcare

In areas where increasing the workforce isn't the answer to solving challenges to the healthcare system, digital innovation may be part of the solution. NHS organisations are in various stages of improving digital processes to enable better patient outcomes.  

This toolkit for senior management teams and directors outlines what healthcare organisations need to consider clinically when introducing digital systems. It draws on current research and practice around leadership, engagement, hardware and software and communications (including the NHS England Global Digital Exemplar programme) to outline the stages of the process and demystify some of the jargon used in digital and informatics specialties. 

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