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14.08.17

New NHS Digital CEO takes up job

NHS Digital has welcomed its new chief executive Sarah Wilkinson into the role today.

Wilkinson will take over from Rob Shaw, who has acted as interim chief executive of the organisation for the past six months and who will now become deputy chief executive.

Her previous role had been as chief digital, data and technology officer at the Home Office. Before that, Wilkinson gained a wealth of experience running complex IT organisations in both private sector organisations and the government.

“I am delighted to be heading an organisation that has such a vital role to play as the key information and technology partner at the very heart of the health and social care system,” she stated.

“This is a key time for the organisation as it becomes Fit for 2020 and I look forward to building on the strong foundations laid down over the last year, improving public access to data and modernising the way health and care is accessed and delivered.”

Deputy CEO Shaw added: “It has been a privilege to help steer the organisation over the last six months. We can all be hugely proud of the accomplishments shown in our Annual Report 2017and the strides we have made to modernise ourselves over the last year.

“I look forward to working closely with Sarah now to tackle the challenges ahead, driving innovation and collaboration within the health and social care sector.”

 

 

 

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