NHS England is empowering frontline staff and healthcare professionals to develop apps and other digital tools in a bid to become the centrepiece of an unprecedented initiative to harness the information revolution.
National Director for Patients and Information Tim Kelsey launched the NHS Code4Health programme on Tuesday 3 March at the UK e-Health Week event being staged at London Olympia.
NHS Code4Health provides doctors, nurses and care staff with specialist training and support to create and deliver their own IT programmes and products to increase their involvement in the development of online tools that will directly lead to improved care.
NHS staff can apply for programmes including ‘App in a day’ which takes delegates through the entire process of App development from design to delivery in just one learning session.
Beyond the training, the aim of the programme is to bring together like-minded individuals and organisations of all sizes to form communities, becoming a powerful vehicle for spreading knowledge and innovation across the NHS.
Tim Kelsey, National Director for Patients and Information said: “Finding the best innovations in health and social care and spreading them to every corner of the system is crucial to ensuring services evolve to meet the changing needs of patients.
“The Code4Health programme will not only encourage those who work in the NHS to engage with technology but also empower them to shape it into digital solutions which are meaningful to them and their work.”
Code4Health is a key part of the National Information Board’s Framework for Action, Personalised Health and Care 2020.