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New partnerships at the heart of digital healthcare plans supporting patient care at Boots

18 January 2022
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As part of its digitisation vision for the future of healthcare in the UK and in further commitment to the training and development of its pharmacists, Boots has announced new partnerships this year with the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) and the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME). 

Available to all 5,600 Boots pharmacists, the HIMSS online modules cover subjects including the benefits of digital healthcare for patients, how to quickly adopt digital solutions in community pharmacy, and the future of digital health. The training will mean Boots team members will be among the first community pharmacists in the UK to help influence the direction of digital healthcare and react to the evolution of both virtual and physical patient self-care. 

A new partnership with CHIME will focus on the art and science of digital healthcare, enabling the digital healthcare function within Boots to become part of the growing global network of accredited leaders, educating team members to the same expert level as many NHS health professionals and global IT professionals. 

These two new partnerships for 2022 come after Boots partnered with BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT, in late 2021. The partnership gives Boots UK technology team members access to BCS bespoke training packages, development programmes and networking opportunities. Boots and the Information Security Forum (ISF) also announced a new deal, allowing team members to access personal development content and assurance tools on information security, focussing on supply chain and community pharmacy. 

By September 2022, Boots expects that all technology team leaders will have gained accreditation as fellows of the BCS, 5,600 Boots pharmacists will have HIMMS accreditation, and the technology leadership team will have sat the International Certified Healthcare (CIO) examination. 

Richard Corbridge, VP & Chief Information Officer, Boots UK & Ireland saidAs digital leaders in an ever-changing environment, we need to learn from othersBoots UK’s new partners in HIMSS and CHIME, as well as BCS and ISF will allow our team members at all levels to gain access to the development and knowledge they need. 

Being able to offer our team members at Boots the opportunities for continuous development is an attractive proposition. Our teams want to be considered as a key part in orchestrating the future of how the nation delivers technology for patients and customers, and these partnerships are instrumental to achieving this vision.” 


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Boots is the UK’s leading health and beauty retailer with over 52,000 team members and 2,100 stores, ranging from local community pharmacies to large destination health and beauty stores.*

Boots serves its customers and patients for life as the leading provider of healthcare on the high street and the UK’s number one beauty destination. It offers an unrivalled depth and breadth of products, which incorporates its extensive own brand range and innovative portfolio of brands, including No7, the UK’s No1 skincare brand, Soap & Glory, Liz Earle Beauty and Sleek MakeUP.

2024 marks Boots’ 175th anniversary year. Founder John Boot opened a herbalist store in Nottingham in 1849 to offer an affordable alternative to traditional medicines. His son Jesse expanded the business to become a modern retailer and the biggest chemist in Britain. Throughout its history, Boots has listened, learned and innovated, and it continues to challenge itself to improve its products and services every day.

Boots is part of Walgreens Boots Alliance, which is a global leader in pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing retail.  More company information is available on

*Figures accurate as of 30 November 2023