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Cyber expertise honoured at NHS Digital awards

The hard work being done throughout the health service to manage and improve cybersecurity was formally recognised at the Cyber Associates Network (CAN) Awards 2022 last night.

Recognising innovative approaches to NHS cyber security, the awards were delivered by NHS Digital and covered a range of individual and team categories.

The awards recognise members of the Cyber Associates Network, a group of over 2,000 cyber security expertise across public-sector health and care and are always on the lookout for new members.

Held as a virtual ceremony, the winners were:

Innovation in Cyber

  • NHS Informatics Merseyside

Cyber Newcomer of the Year

  • Huw Jones, Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust

Cyber Leader of the Year

  • Paul Charnley, Cheshire and Mersey Health and Care Partnership

CAN Contributor of the Year

  • Patricia Powell, NHS Digital

Cyber Team of the Year

  • Digital Security and Compliance team, United Lincolnshire

Individual of the Year

  • Audrey Hanley, Kings College Hospital

Pete Rose Outstanding Achievement Award

  • Paul Charnley, Cheshire and Mersey Health and Care Partnership

NHS Digital saw a rich calibre of entries across all their categories, with many others nominated also being highly commended for the work being done, including:

Cyber Newcomer of the Year

  • Tamara Birchall, ​ NHS Arden and Gem CSU​

CAN Contributor of the Year

  • Martin Price, Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust

Innovation in Cyber

  • Barry Richardson, NHS Blood and Transplant

Cyber Leader of the Year

  • Dan Jeffery, NHS Blood and Transplant
  • Martyn Perry, The Midlands Partnership

Individual of the Year

  • Bradley Hampson, ​Provide CIC​
  • Mark Williams, ​NHS Informatics Merseyside​

Cyber Team of the Year

  • Technical Services, ​Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust​
  • Threat Intelligence, ​NHS Digital​, Virtual Cyber, ​Princess Alexandra Hospital​

Organising the awards, NHS Digital said it was proud of everyone working in the NHS cybersecurity space – highlighting the important role they played in protecting the health service from cyber attacks, and supporting organisations from across the NHS with advice, assessments and training.

Mark Logsdon, Chief Information Security Officer at NHS Digital, said: “I want to start by saying a big congratulations to the winners and those who were highly commended in the CAN Awards 2022.

“The ceremony was a fantastic celebration of the hard work and dedication of cyber colleagues across the NHS and social care, from our cyber newcomer, Huw Jones, for his contributions during the pandemic, and to our Leader of the Year, Paul Charnley, for his collaborative and strategic approach to managing cyber security for the Cheshire and Mersey Health and Care Partnership.

“The Cyber Associates Network is a great peer led network where you can share best practice, keep up to date with the latest threats and vulnerabilities, whilst learning from each other. I would encourage anyone involved in cyber security in the health and care sector to join.

“I’m looking forward to seeing what the next 12 months brings our way and celebrating again at the CAN Awards in 2023."

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