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Partners and supporters

This is a page of partners and associates linked to the South West Digital Health and Care Skills Development Network

Association of Professional Healthcare Analysts (AphA)

Our purpose is to raise the profile of and represent the voice of health and care analysts as a recognised and respected industry expert, by providing a professional framework and an established support network.

We will help our members to drive up the quality and application of analytics to improve experience in a fast paced and dynamic health and care system.

The South West Skills Development Network works collaboratively with AphA colleagues in the South West and nationally.

For more information on AphA, visit their site here -



CHIME International


CHIME is a global professional organisation for digital health leaders. Founded in 1992, it is a non-profit committed to developing digital health leadership for the good of world health.

Join CHIME to get the latest resources for digital health leaders, access our professional education programmes, and benchmark your skills and experience through our career-spanning accreditations. Take your professional development to the next level with resources, news and media.

Find out more about joining CHIME here - Join CHIME

Federation of informatics professionals

FEDIP is the Federation for Informatics Professionals in Health and Social Care, a collaboration between the leading professional bodies in health and care informatics supporting the development of the informatics profession.

Conceived through discussions with BCS, CILIP, IHRIM, Socitm and UKCHIP, the federation brings individuals and organisations together to establish professional standards in health informatics and maintain a public register of experienced practitioners – offering greater confidence to employers, clients, colleagues, government and the wider society, both UK and overseas.

The institutions licensed to award FEDIP offer their members registration at five levels – Associate Practitioner, Practitioner, Senior Practitioner, Advanced Practitioner, Leading Practitioner – dependent on the competence, knowledge and experience of the applicant in the field of health informatics.

To learn more about visit their site - Why Join Us | FEDIP

Health Innovation South West

The Health Innovation Network (HIN) brings together all the key players innovating health and care in our region.

In the South West, our HIN has earned a reputation for its ambitious, joined-up vision for healthcare innovation and transformation.

Since our launch, our priority has been to work across organisational and geographical boundaries, involving our entire network in both development and delivery to drive transformation that is based on genuine need, is successfully embedded and sustainable.

With our unique expertise and cross-sector connections, we understand both the ‘push and pull’ of demand on healthcare innovation. We actively nurture an innovation ecosystem around health and care, removing obstacles and bringing diverse groups together to conceive and maximise new ways of working

 Find out more here - Health Innovation South West 

Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA)

The Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) is the professional body for finance staff working in healthcare. For over 70 years it has provided independent support and guidance to its members and the wider healthcare community.

It is a charitable organisation that promotes the highest professional standards and innovation in financial management and governance across the UK health economy through its local and national networks. The association analyses and responds to national policy and aims to exert influence in shaping the healthcare agenda. It also works with other organisations with shared aims in order to promote financial management and governance approaches that really are ‘fit for purpose’ and effective.

The HFMA is the biggest provider of healthcare finance and business education and training in the UK. It offers a range of professional qualifications in both healthcare business and finance, and primary care management, which also provide a route to an MBA in healthcare finance. The association is also an accredited provider of continuing professional development, delivered through a range of events, e-learning and training.

The HFMA has been commissioned to support the South West Digital Skills Development Network, you can find out more about theme here - Delivering value with digital technology | HFMA

Healthcare Project + Change Association


The HPCA transitions from a voluntary collaborative to a sustainable and professional service that can provide advice and respond to the emerging needs of the system.

We have established the Healthcare Project and Change Association (HPCA) to build on the work of the original NHS Project Futures volunteer team. A team that was developed as a community from 2017 onwards by the community of NHS project professionals in a virtual capacity to support each other in their work to deliver on the objectives of their respective organisations.

The HPCA supports those working in project and change management roles within health and social care, they have leads in each region and offer networking and training

Subscribe to the HPCA for access to free online training and updates

NHS Digital Academy

The NHS Digital Academy supports and part funds each of the regional digital skills development networks including in the South West. 

For more information on the national work of the NHS Digital Academy, click here - NHS England » NHS Digital Academy

A message from James Freed on behalf of the NHS Digital Academy:

"In order to make an impact on how we deliver health and care services, often described as the ‘quadruple aim’, we can either do more of what we’ve always done, or we can do what we’re doing differently. Doing things differently is increasingly underpinned by using digital, and by more people using digital to reimagine the work they do – the democratisation of digital."

"The Digital Skills Development Networks are an essential part of enabling this outcome – a route to learn from those struggling with similar issues and a great opportunity to share knowledge. If you work in Digital, Data and Technology in the South West, you should make it your first job today to join the South West Digital Health and Care Skills Development Network."

NHS England South West


The South West Digital Health and Care Skills Development Network works on behalf of the NHS England South West Digital Transformation team to deliver the NHS digital leaders network events and activities. 

You can find out more information about the regional team here - NHS England South West

The Chartered Institute for IT (BCS)

We're over 70,000 members in 150 countries, and a wider community of business leaders, educators, practitioners and policy-makers all committed to our mission.

As a charity with a royal charter, our agenda is to lead the IT industry through its ethical challenges, to support the people who work in the industry, and to make IT good for society.

At BCS, we're ensuring the digital journey is safe and positive for everyone, by raising standards of competence and conduct across the IT industry and tackling the ethical challenges we face along the way.

To access resources and learn more about the BCS, visit their site here - BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT | BCS

The Good Things Foundation

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Good Things Foundation is a digital inclusion charity, on a mission to fix the digital divide in the UK. They power the National Digital Inclusion Network, made up of thousands of organisations that are all working to deliver digital inclusion support in their local communities.

Good Things Foundation provide access to free data, devices, training and more to the organisations in the network.

Find out more and join the network:

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