NHS England - Transformation Directorate

The Year of the Digital Profession 2022

Building a sustainable, skilled and supported workforce of digital, data, technology and informatics experts in health and care is essential to meet the demands and ambitions of the sector. Ensuring the workforce has the appropriate skills, and is equipped with the right tools to do their jobs effectively, is integral to the common vision for good digital practice laid down in the What Good Looks Like framework.

The NHS Long Term Plan makes clear commitments to a “digitally-enabled” future, to provide digital access to NHS services for patients and to ensure clinicians have digital access to patient records and care plans.

One of the top priorities for the year is to establish the professionalisation of the workforce. Informatics professionals across health and care working in digital, data, technology will collaborate and work together to put in place core competency frameworks.

The creation of a career framework will inform professional development and is critical for both the recruitment and retention of those within the health and care sector.

The Year of the Digital Profession will see the launch of a 5-year strategy and roadmap for building a sustainable digital and data workforce, whilst developing a profession that the workforce deserve. As well as the delivery of targeted campaigns to attract apprentices, graduates and specialist skills in short supply, into the sector.

The Year of the Profession will be promoted sector-wide, across health and social care, to increase the understanding and visibility of the role and will underline the function and value of the digital, data, technology and informatics professions across health and care.

The purpose of the year is to lay the right foundations upon which the professions can grow, by strategically investing in building the capacity and capability of specialist skills, to support organisations to successfully deliver digital transformation.

Leaders in each of the digital, data, technology and informatics professions will work closely with professional bodies to engage with the workforce. Profiles of those who work in each profession will be created to inspire people with specialist informatics skills to consider a career in health and care, and join the NHS.

Another key moment for the year was the launch of the Digital and Data Awards which were created to celebrate and showcase the successes of the thriving digital technology profession.

The Digital and Data Awards, in association with the Federation of Informatics Professionals (FedIP), recognised the achievements, particularly over the last two years, of individuals who work within digital, data, technology or informatics roles, either as their appointed role or as part of their clinical or professional role working in health and care.

The Digital and Data Awards nominations were open to clinicians and non-clinicians, from apprentices through to senior managers, working in a digital, data, technology or informatics role in the NHS and social care.

Winners will be published here as soon as they're announced.