Sarah Wilkinson, Chief Executive, NHS Digital

Sarah Wilkinson is CEO of NHS Digital, which provides national digital, data and technology services for the NHS. She took on the role in August 2017 having previously been Chief Digital, Data and Technology Officer at the Home Office, and prior to that CIO at several leading global investment banks.

NHS Digital provides services for many parts of the NHS, and are responsible for delivering the £4.7bn ‘Personalised Health and Care 2020’ Program for NHS England.

Transformation of the capability and the economics of the NHS depends on digitisation, automation and increasingly sophisticated use of data and analytics; all areas in which NHS Digital leads for the system. The digitisation agenda ranges from providing more sophisticated technology for citizens to allow individuals to better manage their own health, to the deployment of more advanced systems for GPs, Hospitals and Care providers. The data agenda is focused on joining-up patient data to provide a coherent and connected view of a patient’s care for both patient and clinician, and enabling data from across the system to be interrogated for the purposes of research and service improvement.

Sarah will discuss the new capabilities NHS Digital is working to deliver, and the opportunities for the next wave of digitisation of the NHS.

 

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  • About the speaker

    Sarah Wilkinson became NHS Digital Chief Executive in August 2017.

    Previously she was CIO at The Home Office, with responsibility for the delivery of all technology services for Counter-Terror, the UK Border, Visas and Immigration, Asylum and Policing.

    Prior to joining the Home Office, Sarah spent 23 years in Financial Services, and held CIO roles at Credit Suisse, UBS, Deutsche Bank and Lehman Brothers. Her earlier career consisted of various roles in the IT and Risk departments in these organisations.

    Sarah is a Non-Executive Director of the Police ICT Company, a member of the Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee of Kings College London, and a member of the advisory boards of the Department of Computing at Imperial College and the Department of Maths at Oxford University.

    She has also worked as an advisor to a number of Technology Start-ups.

     

    She lives in Wimbledon with her husband and two teenage sons.