NSHCS accredits new degree launched by the University of Warwick and University Hospitals Birmingham

Last updated: 22nd July 2019

University Hospitals Birmingham Foundation Trust and the University of Warwick have launched a degree designed to train people for a new digital healthcare scientist role within the NHS. The new degree will be accredited by the National School of Healthcare Science.

The digital healthcare science degree has been designed with the aim of enhancing the existing workforce in the NHS and breaking down silos – adopting a fusion science approach by taking into consideration parts of digital science, academic and professional development, clinical decision making, physiological science and behavioural science.

The course is available as a full-time undergraduate course and as an apprenticeship. Graduates from the course can then apply to become a member of the Academy for Healthcare Sciences under the digital healthcare science category – the first new healthcare professional branch within the academy for many years.

Berne Ferry, Head of the National School of Healthcare Science, said:

“The National School of Healthcare Science has been closely involved in initiatives to develop a health workforce fit for the digital future. This includes the use of digital technologies and computer science in all areas of healthcare from artificial intelligence and bioinformatics to patient-focused apps and devices.

We are delighted to see universities such as Warwick working quickly and responsively with the health service to develop exciting new programmes to meet these needs.”