Acute Global Digital Exemplars

NHS England is currently supporting 17 digitally advanced acute trusts, through funding and international partnership opportunities, to become Global Digital Exemplars over the next 2 to 3.5 years.

These trusts are:


  • Alder Hey Children’s Hospital NHS Trust
  • City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust
  • Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust
  • Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Midlands and East

  • Cambridge NHS Foundation Trust
  • University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust
  • Luton & Dunstable University Hospital NHS Trust
  • West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust


  • Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust
  • Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (joint Exemplar)


  • Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust
  • University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust
  • University Hospitals Southampton NHS Foundation Trust

How were trusts selected

Trusts who met the following criteria were invited to submit expressions of interest:

  • High Digital Maturity Assessment scores in the areas of readiness and capability
  • Involvement in innovative digital healthcare initiatives
  • Representation of a range of different solution types
  • NHS Improvement confirmation that organisations will not be hindered in their ambitions due to other issues.

Expressions of interests and other provider intelligence were assessed by an international panel chaired by Professor Keith McNeil, Chief Clinical Information Officer for the NHS, and Professor Robert Wachter, author of the review of health IT in England.