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NHS England seeks director of digital experience

NHS England is recruiting a director of digital experience to drive the “digital product roadmap”

NHS England is on the hunt for a director of digital experience, with a potential salary of £131,000 salary or more.

The director will be “a key senior leader”, reporting to the chief information and technology officer (CI&TO) – another role which is yet to be filled.

NHS England began searching for a CI&TO to take over from former national director of patients and information Tim Kelsey in January 2016, but has yet to find a suitable replacement and is now doing a second round of recruitment.

The job advertisement said the director of digital experience will be tasked with driving forward “the NHS digital product roadmap with measurable results, based on enhanced patient outcomes, product engagement from users and tangible efficiency benefits”.

The new director will also have to identify services across the entire NHS where digital systems could “dramatically improve patient outcomes”.

“To succeed, you’ll need to have demonstrable and very significant senior commercial experience and knowledge in the deployment of digital technologies and channels to yield major cost improvements and enhanced end user outcomes,” said the advertisment.

NHS England also requires the new director to work closely with other organisations, such as the Department of Health, the Government Digital Service (GDS) and the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) – soon to be renamed NHS Digital.

The role, which is based in London, offers a salary from £131,000 per annum.

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In December 2015, NHS England hired Matthew Swindells as the national director of operations and information, which is a position that holds some similarities to Kelsey’s old role.  

These are just some of the changes in NHS England’s IT team. NHS England’s former director of digital technology Beverley Bryant recently began a role at the HSCIC as its director of digital transformation. 

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