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Regional Informatics Skills Development Networks (ISDNs)

HEE is working with regions around the country to establish regional Informatics Skills Development Networks (ISDNs).

The flourishing ISDNs in the North West and Yorkshire & Humber already provide a wide range of learning, networking, sharing and accreditation resources to support informatics specialists and departments across those regions.

We have developed an online toolkit to support new regions while they are setting up.  The toolkit provides advice, guidance, templates and examples covering all aspects of the running of an ISDN. We are very grateful to the North West Informatics Skills Development Network – an established network with over ten years’ experience in this area, for providing the content.

The key topics are:

  • Getting started
  • Year 1 training programme
  • Data collection
  • Inaugural annual conference
  • Accreditation programme
  • Setting up special interest groups

 

HEE will also provide tailored practical support such as limited initial funding for an in-region SDN coordinator and work closely with organisations such as the Federation for Informatics Professionals to develop the professional landscape. We are initially targeting regions where there is an existing strong CIO/CCIO network or Finance SDN, and working with the NHSE Regional Directors, regional digital teams, Academic Health Science Networks and CSUs.

For more information please contact digitalreadiness@hee.nhs.uk or take a look at the resources below.

Projects, outputs and reports to date

Informatics Skills Development Networks – ‘ISDN in a Box’ rollout overview