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Department of Health searches for digital leader

The department is looking for a digital strategy and transformation leader to shape digital services in the health sector and work closely with GDS

The Department of Health (DoH) is on the hunt for a deputy director of digital and technology strategy, offering a £100,000 salary.

The role will work closely with the Government Digital Service (GDS) and help transform the DoH into a digital-first department. 

“Acting as the digital evangelist, you will shape and then share with our partner organisations the department’s vision in setting a ‘digital-first’ approach to health,” the job advertisement said.

The department aims to become a smaller, more agile organisation and aims to cut staff from around 2,000 to 1,300 - 1,400 during the course of this parliament.

The role will work to develop a programme to deliver “improved digital skills and capability”, ensuring this new, agile department is “effectively stewarding a ‘digital-first’ health and care system”.

It also means chairing the health and care digital leaders network and helping to implement the digital strategy across the DoH, its partner organisations and the health and care economy.

Katie Farrington, the department’s director of digital and data, said in a welcome message that the digital team is “setting digital strategy and building digital capability”, as well as providing support and advice to digital projects both in the department and its arm’s-length bodies.

“We’re leading digital innovation – for example, we played a key role in the NHS.UK project and are supporting and incubating a number of other ideas to transform health and care,” she said.

NHS.UK is the revamped NHS Choices website that aims to become a “digital hub” for accessing health services. Eventually, it will become a “one-stop shop” where people can book appointments, register with a GP and access patient records. 

Teams from across NHS England, DoH, NHS Digital and NHS Choices began work to develop the website in September 2015, and it is expected to be ready by the end of 2017. 


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