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Who we are

An innovative learning and development initiative that supports digital health staff, including clinicians, at all stages of their career in the South West region

What is the South West Digital Health and Care Skills Development Network?

With rapidly increasing data and digital driven change, there is a need to ensure digital health and information professionals have access to learning and development opportunities to help equip them with the skills they need for the future.

The NHS Digital Academy are supporting regions across the country to establish Digital Health Skills Development networks to do just that. Colleagues from across the South West have come together to establish the South West Digital Health and Care Skills Development Network.

The network supports health and care professionals to:

▪ Improve professional and leadership skills

▪ Measure and raise standards

▪ Network with colleagues and peers

▪ Share best practice and learning across organisations and the region

▪ Collaborate with colleagues on joint programmes of work

▪ Signpost and support colleagues toward development opportunities

▪ Act as a regional interface with key professional bodies

Leadership and governance

The outputs and strategy for the network is shaped by our steering group, a collective of senior NHS clinical, digital, data and analytics staff, regional and national stakeholders as well as senior local authority and third sector representatives. If you want to see a full list of members and learn more than please email us at

The network is designed by our members, for our members and is uniquely placed to provide a collective voice for those working in the region to feedback to those shaping regional and national health and social care policy.

Within the network we also have special interest groups including a south west digital clinical safety group and a South West CXIO Digital Leaders network, run in collaboration with NHS England South West Digital team. If you would like to know more about these groups or are interested in joining, please get in touch.

How can I access training?

To support the Digital Readiness Programme, NHS England have provided a support package to the South West region. If you work in either the NHS or a social care setting in the South West and you have a role or interest in digital, data and informatics then we would love for you to join our network.

The Network is open to any health or care organisation from each of the following ICS:

▪ Bath and North-East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire ICS

▪ Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire ICS

▪ Devon ICS

▪ Dorset ICS

▪ Gloucestershire ICS

▪ Cornwall and Isles of Scilly ICS

▪ Somerset ICS

We have a host of learning and development opportunities which are currently free of charge. For more information on joining the network, please email us:


I've made some interesting connections and it's allowed me to benchmark where I am in some areas of digital training and think about how to make some improvements

Simon Barker, Head of Digital Services, Cornwall NHS FT

The North West Informatics (Digital Health) Skills Development Network was established in 2010 and has gone from strength to strength.

Thomas Plant, Service Desk Team Leader, Innovation, Information and Informatics Service, University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS FT

“The DSD Network fulfils a much needed developmental role for the many and varied job roles within the family of informatics disciplines. The Network was established as there was nothing in place to support the huge number of staff working in this field… At this time much weight was being placed on the Informatics discipline to deliver state of the art clinical solutions and innovations to raise the standards of patient care and maximise efficiencies in clinical practice. The DSD Network has enabled Informatics staff to meet their potential and therefore equipping them with the skills to meet the challenges made of them.”

Chris Gresty, ISD lead, Greater Manchester Health & Social Care Partnership

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