Rob Shaw, Interim Chief Executive, NHS Digital

The NHS workforce is the third largest in the world and its professionals, alongside counterparts in social care, are arguably the most in need of world class information and technology. Equally however, the complex infrastructure of health and social care requires protection from modern day digital threats.
At this briefing, Rob Shaw, Interim Chief Executive at NHS Digital, will explore advances in providing 21st century digital services to care professionals and patients alongside the dual challenge of ensuring those technologies are protected against emerging cyber risks.


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  • About the speaker

    Rob was appointed as Director of Operations and Assurance Services in April 2014. He managed the insourcing of major infrastructure services from BT, including the core NHS Spine, the Care Identity Service (CIS) and the Secondary Uses Service (SUS). In this role, Rob was also responsible for overseeing the provision of more than 60 essential live services to NHS and social care organisations.

    He was appointed as the HSCIC’s Chief Operating Officer in April 2016 and is also the Senior Responsible Officer for the Cyber Security Programme.

    Rob took up the role of Interim Chief Executive Officer in February 2017.

    Earlier in his career, Rob worked for the Department of Work and Pensions, where, latterly, he led intervention teams to assist complex programmes with governance and delivery. He joined the National Programme for IT in late 2005, working in the National Integration Centre as head of assurance services. In 2009, he became director of the then Technical Assurance Group and in 2012 he also took over management of Technical Architecture and Infrastructure.