What do we need to do to fix digital in the NHS?

With just five minutes of your time we can turn the feedback of doctors into an action plan for the NHS, for government and for Royal Colleges.

Make your views count: #TheDoctorsDownload

Hundreds of doctors gave their feedback to our online workshop (which closed on 31 August 2019) looking at the digital experiences of doctors. But we need to turn that feedback into priorities for action.  By taking just five minutes to complete the survey and leave your feedback we can make a difference.


Only by understanding the reality of doctors' experiences of digital in the NHS will we be able to reap the potential for patients of improved tech, better data and joined up approaches to digital.  Please complete the survey and post your ideas or comments on what needs to happen now.


The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, in partnership with the Professional Record Standards Body, held the first online discussion workshop - The Doctors’ Download - in July and August of 2019. This is the second and final phase of the research.


Complete a short survey and join the online conversation

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What is the survey?
If you participated in the first phase of the online workshop in the summer you will be asked to rank in order of preference, the seven issues identified by doctors. If you are signing up for the first time you will complete a short gateway survey first. The answers will enable us to carry out analysis of the feedback and ensure we are hearing from different groups of doctors and understand better their respective eperiences. The questions also enable us to compare with feedback received from other professional groups in the NHS. All participants will also complete a question asking you to rank seven digital priority areas identified in the first online workshop.


What is an online workshop? 
Sometimes referred to as ‘crowdsourcing’ it is a different way of engaging large numbers of people to generate ideas, feedback and discussion about a particular topic. It’s different to a survey because it is interactive, participants get to say what they think, the ‘crowd’ can take the conversation in whatever way they want generating much richer and authentic feedback and insights. Once the conversation has closed, all the anonymised contributions will be downloaded and analysed using qualitative thematic analysis.


Who should get involved? 
We want as many doctors as possible to get involved giving their insights on issues micro and macro – from your experiences of logging on to their work PC in the morning, to fundamental changes observed around the use of new health technologies. We also want to hear ideas for improvement in the way in which we can improve how digital in health and care is designed and deployed from both a human and technology perspective.


What do you hope to achieve?
Our ambition is to generate an authentic and evidence based picture of the digital experiences and expectations of doctors in the UK. The insight generated from this en-masse engagement will be used to inform and influence the policy development of government and national bodies in the NHS, and identify actions for the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges and our members.

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