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NES nominated for national healthcare technology award


NHS Education for Scotland (NES) has been shortlisted for a UK-wide healthcare technology award for its programme of Digital Transformation and the development of effective digital resources. 

The prestigious Champion Award, is a nomination-only accolade presented to the individual or organisation that most champions the uptake and adoption of healthcare technology in the UK.

NES is a national special health board working to provide education, training and workforce development for those who work in and with NHSScotland. At any time this means NES is responsible for over 6,500 trainee healthcare professionals and also supports the recruitment of professionals into Scotland.

NES was a key partner delivering a smart phone app which helps clinicians cut sepsis deaths in Scotland.

Christopher Wroath, NES Director of Digital Transformation, said:

“It is great to be shortlisted for a UK wide health award – we want to make a difference to the lives of patients and the people delivering their care in Scotland. We live in a rapidly changing world and health workers increasingly need to access help and information at any time, any place and on any device.

“We are committed to pushing the boundaries of technology to deliver education that enables excellence in health and care for the people of Scotland.

“We have been shortlisted for our innovation in the field of public-sector software development, the commitment to adopting a Digital by Default model and the innovative development of NES resources, putting users at the heart of our systems.”

The winner of the Champion Award will be announced at the annual AXA PPP Health Tech and You Awards, co-founded by the Design Museum, AXA PPP healthcare and 2020Health in London on 25th April. Evaluation criteria includes the recent impact that the individual or organisation has had in the field, the evidence of impact and demonstrable innovation.

Scotland’s medical education and training was recently acknowledged as world class in February’s Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Quality Review of UK Health Care. 

The review said Scotland had “world-class training programmes”. It went on to say: “The comprehensive suite of tools Scotland uses to train its health workforce makes it a leader among OECD countries”.


Reference: PR2016-006

For More Information Contact Sarah Wright on 0131 656 4386 or e-mail

Note to Editors

Further detail on the NES nomination and awards is available on the Health Tech and You website at:

NHS Education for Scotland aim is to provide excellence in health and care for the people of Scotland through high quality education, training and development. It provides an extensive educational infrastructure that supports learning and workforce development across all of Scotland. 

In everything we do we work in partnership with NHS Boards, with national regulatory bodies, with Scotland’s universities and colleges and with organisations such as SSSC and SFC. 

Throughout 2014-15 just some of our work included...

• Support for 5,700 trainee doctors • Training 1,000 staff in clinical skills • Training 322 Family Nurse Partnership Practitioners • Revalidating 400 medical trainees

Find out more about our digital transformation by viewing our 2min animation at:

Supporting images are available on request.