Dear NHS England,

On December 2019 during his Policy Exchange speech, health secretary Matt Hancock announced the intention to expand the GDE scheme by creating a number of "Digital Aspirants"

At the time no information was given about criterion for selection, timelines and funding.

Could you confirm

1.The criterion for the selection of Digital Aspirants

2.The timescale for Digital Aspirants to be selected

3.If and how they will be funded

If none any or all of the above is not yet finalised, are you working towards a timescale to do so

Yours faithfully,

Mark Simmons

FOITEAMCRMMAILBOX (NHS ENGLAND & NHS IMPROVEMENT - X24), NHS England

Dear Mark Simmons,

Thank you for your Freedom of Information (FOI) request dated 3 February
2020.

Your exact request was:

“On December 2019 during his Policy Exchange speech, health secretary Matt
Hancock announced the intention to expand the GDE scheme by creating a
number of "Digital Aspirants" At the time no information was given about
criterion for selection, timelines and funding. Could you confirm

1.The criterion for the selection of Digital Aspirants
2.The timescale for Digital Aspirants to be selected
3.If and how they will be funded If none any or all of the above is not
yet finalised, are you working towards a timescale to do so”

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