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Upskilling to survive in the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Training in digital health care technology is as important for existing professionals as it is for new recruits to the sector, according to a newly published report.

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Training in digital health care technology is as important for existing professionals as it is for new recruits to the sector, according to a newly published report.

The Digital Health & Care Institute (DHI) has released its latest research report, with a focus on addressing future workforce development needs in Digital Health and Care.  The work was commissioned and delivered in partnership with Skills Development Scotland.

The report identifies several key findings and recommendations that range from better raising awareness of the opportunities in schools to creating new CPD (Continuing Professional Development) opportunities to re-skill existing workforces and recruit new talent.

The Fourth Industrial Revolution - digitisation and automation of services, the arrival of cloud-computing, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), Big Data, machine learning - is transforming the world of work in almost every area. Digital Health and Care is no exception: the workforce is required to be more agile and flexible to keep up with the accelerating pace of technological advancement.

This pace is further amplified by the increasing ageing population and its growing health and care needs. One of the fastest growing economic sectors globally is Digital Health and Care, specifically the digitisation of health and care services. A recognised factor restricting the growth of Digital Health and Care in Scotland is the lack of a suitably skilled workforce.

DHI Chief Executive Professor George Crooks OBE, said: “I recommend that this report is read by those involved in the development and training of our future workforce as well as Scotland’s employers and other interested parties.

“It emphasises that we should not only focus on the training of young people coming out of school into our Colleges and Universities but also recognise that our existing workforce have an appetite and genuine need for training and development opportunities, in the fast-moving world of digital technology.

“Technology is transforming our personal lives, and the working environment is no different. We need to recognise this and celebrate the fact that Scotland’s citizens are always willing to accept change but need the opportunities and support to secure the benefits.”

Mili Shukla, Sector Development Manager for Skills Development Scotland, said: “This report highlights that the Scottish Digital Health and Care sector is diverse and interdisciplinary, and offers a variety of exciting careers. It reinforces how important human soft skills are for leveraging digital technology to ensure better outcomes for patients and citizens.”

Read the Executive summary

Read the full report

Read the skills heat map factsheet

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Notes to editors:

About DHI

The Digital Health & Care Institute (DHI) is a national resource funded by the Scottish Government and SFC.  It is a collaboration between the Glasgow School of Art and the University of Strathclyde (its host institution).  We believe innovation in digital health and care will help the people of Scotland live longer, healthier lives, while providing sustainable/ inclusive growth for our economy.  We collaborate, co-design and transform ideas into digital health and care innovations.

The DHI provides engagement; facilitation; project management; service, business, technical and innovation that assists in increasing individuals and organisations readiness to harness digital innovation for impactful results that have real benefits to the system and the citizen.

About Skills Development Scotland

Skills Development Scotland is the national skills agency supporting the people and businesses of Scotland to develop and apply their skills for the benefit of the country’s economy and wider society as a whole.