Midlands Digital Health Skills Development Network

The Midlands Digital Health Skills Development Network (DHSD) is an innovative learning and development initiative that plans to support digital health staff (including clinicians) at all stages of their career.

What is the Midlands Digital Health 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.

Health Education England are supporting regions across the country to establish Digital Health Skills Development networks to do just that. Colleagues from across the Midlands have come together to establish the Midlands Digital Health Skills Development Network (DHSD). The network will support Digital Health 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
How can I access training?

To support the Digital Readiness Programme, Health Education England have provided a support package to the Midlands region. From May 2021 you will be able to access a host of learning and development opportunities free of charge for up to 12 months (subject to availability). Click here to view the programme. Following the 12 month period, organisations will be asked to make a small contribution to a levy to fund the network.

SDN in the West Midlands region is hosted by HFMA. Click here to register to the SDN website and access training.

To find out more, get in touch with Alice Johnson-Jelf, Learning and Development Executive at HFMA.

East Midlands

If you are a digital health professional in the East Midlands, please contact Lynne Winfield to access training through the Skills Development Network.


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

“The network is a great way of networking with peers and others who may be going through similar issues to yourself. Not only that, they make a vast range of courses available to you and your team. It is straight forward to get yourself or a colleague signed up to a course. It takes away many of the difficulties with red tape you can find involved in getting people on required and beneficial courses. There is also a plethora of resource available on the site for free. All of which helps building a skilled, resourceful and well-connected work force.” Thomas Plant, Service Desk Team Leader, Innovation, Information and Informatics Service, University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS FT

“The ISD 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 ISD 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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