The review aims to make sure that nurses and midwives are fully supported by the use of digital technology
“As the NHS looks to the future and the increasing role played by digital and technology, it is important we ensure our nurses and midwives receive an education that will prepare them for the NHS of tomorrow.” Dr Natasha Phillips, chief nursing information officer, NHS England, and leader of the review
A review into the digital readiness of nurses and midwives has been launched, with the aim of making sure that the workforce is technologically equipped for the future.
The Phillips Ives Nursing and Midwifery Review will be led by Dr Natasha Phillips, chief nursing information officer at NHS England. Dr Jeanette Ives Erickson will serve as an international vice-chair.
Building on the work of the 2019 Topol Review, it aims to determine the needs of the nursing and midwifery workforce to deliver health care in the digital age during the next five, 10 and 20 years. It will be conducted by Health Education England as part of its Digital Readiness Education Programme in partnership with NHS England.
The project’s leaders are calling on evidence from across the nursing and midwifery workforce as well as wider professions within the NHS and from abroad. The review is expected to take about a year to complete.
It is designed to support the achievement of the Chief Nursing Officer of England’s strategic aims:
The review will address four questions:
It will focus in particular on topics such as workforce planning, AI and data science and emerging technologies and opportunities.
Natasha Phillips said: “Nurses and midwives are often the face of the NHS for the public, looking after patients and their families at the happiest times in their life, such as the birth of a child, and at some of the most difficult.
“As the NHS looks to the future and the increasing role played by digital and technology, it is important we ensure our nurses and midwives receive an education that will prepare them for the NHS of tomorrow.”
Ives Erickson said that the review was a “big and important initiative” and that it would “inform strategy, enhance safety and…embed efficiencies into systems of care delivery.”
At a time when the NHS is rapidly moving towards full digitisation, it’s important that we understand the implications for the nursing and midwifery workforce. The NHS cannot derive the maximum benefit from digital solutions unless staff are equipped with the skills to use them. The Phillips Ives review has an important part to play in making sure that nurses and midwives are able to use digital technologies in a way that helps improve outcomes for patients.