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‘Preparing the healthcare workforce to deliver the digital future’

16 July, 2018

A new Health Education England report which details the future ethnological challenges for the healthcare workforce is open for consultation.

The Topol Interim Report outlines the technological advancements which will have the most impact on NHS patients and the workforce in the next two decades.

The report highlights that:

  • Technology should supplement, rather than replace, health professionals.
  • It will will free up time for professionals to spend more time with patients. 
  • Three key principles should govern the introduction of technology and the future workforce strategy:
    • Patients should be empowered to become more involved in their care
    • Strategy should be grounded in robust research evidence and an ethical governance framework
    • ‘Gift of time’: technology should be used to give more time for care, thus enhancing the patient-clinician relationship
  • Genomics, AI & robotics and digital medicine were identified as three areas set to have the greatest impact for patients and professionals.

The technology review panel responsible for the document have opened up a call for evidence to give health professionals the chance to have their say. 

If you would like to contribute to the SCoR response please send your ideas to by Monday 6 August. The final report is due in December 2018.

Download the report here.

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