Digital Aspirants

Nearly 60 trusts receiving funding and support

Through the Digital Aspirant programme nearly 60 trusts are now receiving funding and support for their digital transformation journey.

The Digital Aspirant programme helps NHS trusts raise their digital maturity by supporting organisations to deliver a set of core capabilities, reducing the gap between the levels of digitisation across the NHS.

In February 2020, 23 NHS trusts were named as the first sites for the Digital Aspirant programme. An additional four trusts joined the first wave during 2020. They will each receive up to £6m over the duration of the programme to help deliver their digital ambitions. In March 2021 an additional 32 trusts joined the programme. Seven of these will also receive up to £6m over the next three years, while the remaining 25 are receiving funding of £250,000 to develop their digital strategy and business case.

Sharing learning is a key component of all future digital investment and trusts in the Digital Aspirant programme will build on the work of the current Global Digital Exemplar programme by using their blueprints and participating in learning networks with others who have done or are doing similar things.

As well as using the existing blueprints, Digital Aspirants will also create blueprints to enable others to progress more efficiently.

The trusts taking part in the programme are:

Digital Aspirants wave one

Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust

Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust

Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust

East London NHS Foundation Trust

East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust

Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

James Paget University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Leicester Partnership NHS Trust

Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust

Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust

North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust

Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust

Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust

Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust

South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital King's Lynn NHS Foundation Trust

The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust

University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust

Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust

Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Digital Aspirants wave two fully funded*

East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust

Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust

The Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust

University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust

West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust

Digital Aspirants wave two seed funding*

Airedale NHS Foundation Trust

Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust

East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust

East Cheshire NHS Trust

East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust

Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust

George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust

Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust

Hertfordshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust

Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust

North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust

Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust

Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust

Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust (working in collaboration with Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust)

Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Trust

South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust

The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust

The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust

University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust

University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust

Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust

York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

*Wave two fully funded trusts will receive up to £6m each over the next three years to help deliver their digital ambitions. Wave two seed funding trusts will receive £250,000 each to develop their digital strategy and business case.