Building a Digital Ready Workforce

Digital change is happening in the NHS, how can you ensure that you are prepared and at the forefront of this change? This programme aims to support healthcare professionals to do just this.

NHS is looking for dental care professionals working in practice to develop their digital skills – no matter at what level, you do not have to be a tech wizard to take part.

They are looking for dental nurses, hygienist, and therapists that want to make a difference in their practice, that have identified a problem and think they can come up with the solution.

  • Do you want to develop oral health promotion videos for your practice waiting room?
  • Do you want to learn how to utilise all of the functions and shortcuts in your practice management software?
  • Would you like to develop a website for your practice?


You will develop a digital solution to a problem you face in practice or utilise resources already developed to raise awareness of the new GDPR/data protection regulations or cybersecurity within your practice and community. The programme has also developed resources on the upcoming GDPR data protection regulations and what you need to do to ensure compliance with your practice.

NHS wants to help you develop a digital solution to your problem, no matter how big or small. And to help others in your local area by sharing what you have achieved. 

You will have the opportunity to become part of a national network of digital enabled dental care professionals, gain experience in digital technology, information sharing and leadership and management. You will also have the opportunity to present your outcomes at a conference for the dental profession in the Summer.

Details of the programme

The Building a Digital Ready workforce programme aims to:

“Led by HEE, Building a Digital Ready Workforce is a programme of work that aims to bring people together in a culture that recognises the need to innovate and the role of digital in that innovation. Our mission is to help everyone in the health and care sector in England, become comfortable enough with digital tools that they can contribute to that transformation and deliver the outcomes of their role quicker, easier, safer and at a higher level of quality.” HEE BDRW website

BDRW has approached dental clinical fellows who are working on digitally enabling dentistry to take this forward. With dentistry being one of the earliest healthcare professional groups to be involved. The project aims to improve the digital literacy of the dental workforce by:

  • Raising awareness of digital enablers within dentistry
  • Working with DCPs in primary care on digital project and GDPR
  • Developing a GDPR toolkit for General Dental Practice 
  • Supporting DCPs to share digital innovations within their primary care community 
  • Supporting DCPs to organise evening CPD events on cybersecurity and GDPR 
  • Working with  dental organisations and networks to improve digital literacy
  • Supporting Dental Core Trainees and Foundation Dentists to develop digital enablers in practice


For more information or to get involved please contact the NHS via email at or

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