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West Yorkshire Digital Ambassador Programme opens for applications to support understanding of digital tech in primary care

The West Yorkshire Digital Ambassador Programme, the result of a collaboration between West Yorkshire Digital Primary Care Collaborative and Health Innovation Yorkshire and Humber and designed to “strengthen the digital innovation, transformation and improvement skills of the primary care workforce”, has opened for applications.

The course runs for nine weeks and seeks to develop participants’ understanding of the NHS and their roles in it; an introduction to digital technologies and innovation; digital readiness; governance and legislation; inclusive digital transformation and co-design; innovation and the art of the possible; how to measure impact change and how this can help with developing a case for change or business case; and how digital innovation and transformation can help in reducing equity and inequalities. In addition, the course supports ambassadors in networking with each other.

Health Innovation Yorkshire and Humber shares that the course is run on behalf of West Yorkshire ICB and features guest speakers to share expert insights from their fields, adding: “Each session provides a blend of real-world insights and theoretical knowledge on how to drive and facilitate the adoption of digital innovation and transformation within the realm of primary care.”We

It will be hosted virtually and is set to run from 9 January to 12 March next year. The deadline for applications is 15 December 2023 at 11pm; click here for more information.

In other news from West Yorkshire, we previously covered the seven digital priorities for the ICS’s joint forward plan.

Earlier in the year, we interviewed Leonardo Tantari, chief digital and information officer for West Yorkshire ICB and Leeds City Council, along with Stephen Blackburn, innovation manager at Leeds City Council. They discussed the projects and priorities in the area here.

In the wider Yorkshire region, in October we reported on the news that the University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University have launched a new £4 million digital healthcare hub in South Yorkshire, which aims to create and develop innovative health technologies and digital health tools which “fuse data from daily life activities with NHS data”.

Also in October, we covered the news that 12 small to medium enterprises based in India have been selected for Health Innovation Yorkshire and Humber’s Propel@YH Boot Camp, a programme aiming to bring global health innovations to the region and support the SMEs with masterclass content from a range of healthcare partners.