NHS Digital director joins Innovation Agency

A director from NHS Digital has joined the Innovation Agency to lead on plans to create a digital health partnership across the North of England.

Dr David Hughes has taken up secondment with the Innovation Agency - the Academic Health Science Network for the North West Coast - as Director of Strategic Partnerships.

He is taking time out of his role as executive director of life sciences at NHS Digital to lead on the NHS Northern Digital Strategy.

David said: “I am delighted to have the opportunity to take up a strategic role in one of the key organisations helping to shape and deliver health and care services of the future.”

He has worked in healthcare for 25 years and at NHS Digital he authored the Data and Information Strategy and led a team of 600 analysts.

Innovation Agency Chief Executive Dr Liz Mear said: “We are delighted that David is joining us to lead a North of England Innovation Exchange partnership, which will accelerate the adoption of digital health technology across the North and beyond.  David will build on our very strong links with the digital health sector and our health and care partners to support them in deploying technologies that will improve the lives of residents, patients and staff.”

Tom Denwood Executive Director of Data, Insights and Statistics said: “This is a great opportunity for David and for the Innovation Agency; having a strong leader to help build key strategic partnerships will be of huge value.

“Offering secondments across our health and care ecosystem is key to NHS Digital’s collaborative approach and helps demonstrate the value placed on partnerships to help improve services across our health and care ecosystem, focussed on improving patient care.”


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