The Covid-19 pandemic accelerated the move to virtual and remote consultations in clinical practice with digital technologies widely implemented. eHealth interventions and use of applications in a variety of conditions means that patients and their families, as well as healthcare professionals, can access and interpret data in real-time, as well as providing trends in various clinical parameters including blood pressure for instance. Despite the aim of digital transformation in the National Health Service in the United Kingdom, this has not been fully realised and there is no consensus on the skills and competencies required for allied healthcare professionals (AHPs). This qualitative study undertook two focus groups with twelve allied health professionals to evaluate the AHP Digital Competency Framework in the UK. The participants recognised the importance of a digital technology in their clinical practice and perceived digital literacy as essential for AHPs. In relation to the AHP framework, participants agreed that competencies in digital technology were clinically relevant, and assessment of these competencies should be performed regularly in practice. However, the majority were unaware of the AHP digital competency framework and suggested improvements to optimise its use in practice and identified areas for improvement. Overall, the AHP Digital Competency Framework has the potential, with better dissemination and further refinement of the wording, to become a useful tool to support the enhancement of digital competency in AHPs and improve the delivery of patient care.
|Publication status||Accepted/In press - 12 May 2023|
- Digital competencies
- Allied Health Professionals (AHP)
- Digital technology