Advancing Digital Literacy in Clinicians: NHS Launches Code4Health Programme

In an effort to empower healthcare professionals and other frontline staff to stay in line with digital apps and tools, the NHS has launched a revolutionary new initiative to draw upon the power of the information revolution.

Tim Kelsey, the National Director for Patients and Information, launched the NHS Code4 Health Programme on Tuesday, 3 March. The event was held at the London Olympia as part of e-Health Week.

As part of the initiative, nurses, doctors and healthcare staff will be provided with specialised training and necessary support in an effort to help them develop their own IT (Information Technology) programmes. The intention is to enable healthcare professionals to provide improved patient care with online tools developed specifically by healthcare professionals. Programmes that can teach NHS staff to develop an app from design to delivery in just a single day are being offered.

One of the programmes being offered is called “App in a Day.” The aim of this initiative is to bring together organisations and like-minded people to form groups. These communities are seen as being vehicles through which innovation and knowledge can be spread quickly and efficiently across the entire NHS.

Mr. Kelsey is quoted as saying that these kinds of innovations are necessary to meeting the “changing needs of patients” in this digital age. He believes that this programme, Code4Health, is going to empower those in healthcare to find digital solutions that will benefit them and the work they do.

The National Information Board views Code4Health as an integral component of their Framework for Action, Personalised Health and Care 2020.

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