The NHS Digital Academy kicked off this week, with attendees taking to Twitter to share their excitement.

The Academy, which is a digital organisation designed to train a new generation of digital leaders who can help drive IT transformation within the NHS, began on Monday (16 April) at the Royal Society in London.

Toral Thomas, Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust CCIO, has tweeted a number of pictures throughout the week.

This included one about national CCIO, Simon Eccles, who spoke about the “importance of accurate data for everyone”.

He also tweeted a picture of a breakout session where students were asked to “discuss how to get digital projects running” at their trusts (see tweets below).

Applications to join the Academy opened in November 2017, with the first students accepted in February 2018.

The year-long training course is open to CCIOs, CIOs, as well as aspiring digital leaders from clinical, and non-clinical, backgrounds.

Applicants were required to have five years’ informatics or digital experience, the support of their chief executive, and be able to attend three residential training sessions.

According to the NHS England website, details of how to apply for 2019’s intake will be announced “in due course”.