Health Education England awards funding to support digital health course

Health Education England has given a boost to digital innovation in the future workforce with the injection of funds to support a new generation of digital health professionals.

The Baker Dearing Education Trust has received £52,000 to support a new generation of digital health professionals.

The funding will allow the trust to employ a project manager who will develop more resources for use in the Digital Health Pathway course.

The Digital Health Pathway is a two-year course for ages 14 to 19 that started in October 2021 at 10 university technical colleges across the country.

The purpose of the funding is to ensure that the courses have enough resources to be able to expand the Pathway to more university technical colleges.

The Pathway began last year as a project to provide more hands-on learning for students seeking careers in computer science and health sciences by working with local employers so they can gain experience. experience working on real problems.

Patrick Mitchell, Director of Innovation, Digital and Transformation at Health Education England, said: “The Digital Health Pathways project has proven to be a fantastic way for young people to gain skills and experience to prepare for a career in digital health.

“We hope the funding made available to the Baker Dearing Educational Trust will help expand the resources so that many more young people across the country can have the opportunity to learn digital health skills in this way.

Simon Connell, Baker Dearing Educational Trust, Chief Executive, said: “We are absolutely delighted to be working with Health Education England on this new digital health education journey for 14-19 year olds.

“There is a great need for a pool of local talent in our healthcare sector to ensure that patients continue to benefit from a world-class healthcare service. In a modern NHS, improving health outcomes and preventing disease depends as much on our mastery of data as on our access to the latest medicines.

“Young people are also eager to pursue a career in this field. This is why this project will help encourage talented UTC students specializing in digital and health disciplines to consider a career in the NHS.

“A range of employer-led projects, competitions and masterclasses aim to demonstrate the wide range of amazing opportunities within the NHS for young people with the right digital skills.

“The fact that ten University Technical Colleges are spearheading this work is all the more gratifying as it builds on the work that UTC teams have already undertaken to develop health education pathways digital.

“We are grateful for the support of Health Education England, as we believe their contribution to the NHS, combined with our network of CTUs and our ability to develop reliable and useful evidence, will enable us to develop an education pathway for successful digital health.

“We can’t wait to get started.”

Chris Low, CEO of Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park and Co-Chair of the Digital Health Pathways Steering Group, said: “We are delighted to receive this support from Health Education England, who are leading the charge in supporting this transformational skills program for young people.

“The focus is on equipping the future workforce with the digital skills needed by the NHS and the wider health and care system.

“We have ambitious plans to grow this program and this vote of confidence from HEE makes us determined to expand our positive impact on future skills challenges.”

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