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Andy Williams, CEO of NHS Digital, has announced he will retire from his post at the end of March next year.
Williams, who took on the role in April 2014, told staff this week that he would be leaving and said in a statement that it had been a “very difficult decision,” but he was confident NHS Digital would continue to deliver its goal of personalised health and care underpinned by technology.
“Making effective use of information, technology and data across the health and care system is an enormously important endeavour,” he said.
“We now have a strong portfolio of programmes at national and local level that will play their part in helping to change the way health and care is delivered for the benefit of patients and clinicians.”
Before joining NHS Digital, Williams worked for CSC, where he was president of managed services EMEA until 2012. He has also led teams at IBM, Alcatel-Lucent and CSC over the past three decades.
Health secretary Jeremy Hunt said Williams had showed “tireless commitment to improving the quality of health and social care for patients through the power of data and technology”.
Hunt added: “He has made a decisive contribution to setting the NHS on course to be far better digitally integrated and advanced, and I want to wish him all the best for the future.”
NHS Digital, formerly known as the Health and Social Care Information Centre, rebranded itself this year to clarify its role as the national information and technology partner for the health and care system.
Williams said at the time: “Trading under the NHS name will help us generate awareness, understanding and recognition for what we do and to benefit from the confidence and trust of the public as we do it.”
The organisation has begun recruiting for a replacement CEO and expects to make an appointment before Williams leaves. ..............................................