UKRI chief executive joins board to work on tech in the NHS

UKRI chief executive joins board to work on tech in the NHS

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)’s chief executive will join IT experts, clinicians and academics to guide the government on its mission to transform technology in the NHS.

Professor Sir Mark Walport attended the first meeting of the Healthtech Advisory Board on 19 November 2018. The board will work on how the NHS can harness the potential of technology and create a culture of innovation, with the aim of improving patient outcomes and reducing the workload on NHS staff.

Professor Sir Mark Walport, UKRI Chief Executive, attended the first meeting of the Healthtech Advisory Board on 19 November 2018. The board will work on how the NHS can harness the potential of technology and create a culture of innovation, with the aim of improving patient outcomes and reducing the workload on NHS staff.

The board will report directly to the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care. Its role will include:

  • assisting in policy creation
  • challenging decision making
  • acting as a sounding board for new ideas

Dr Ben Goldacre will chair the board. He is a clinician, academic and author who runs the DataLab at the University of Oxford. Dr Goldacre and Professor Sir Mark Walport will be joined by:

  • Rachel Dunscombe – CEO of the NHS Digital Academy and Director of Digital for Salford Royal NHS Group
  • Nicole Junkermann – founder of NJF Holdings, an international finance and investment company
  • Manoj Badale – co-founder of Blenheim Chalcot, a digital venture builder
  • David Gann – Professor of Innovation and Technology Management at Imperial College London
  • Nicola Blackwood – Chair of the Human Tissue Authority
  • Roger Taylor – Chair of Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation
  • Daniel Korski CBE – co-founder and CEO of PUBLIC, a venture capital firm
  • Michelle Brennan – company group chair for Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices Companies
  • Dan Sheldon – Head of Digital at Well Pharmacy
  • Jeni Tennison – CEO of the Open Data Institute
  • Parker Moss – health technology entrepreneur in residence at F-Prime and Eight Roads

The board will meet every quarter to help guide the government on its mission to overhaul technology and IT in health and social care.

Further information

Read more on the Gov.uk website.