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DH looks for digital strategy and transformation leader

David Bicknell Published 15 November 2016

£100K “digital evangelist” will be expected to shape “innovative” digital services across UK health sector


The Department of Health is recruiting a digital strategy and transformation leader - a “digital evangelist” -  to help shape innovative digital services across the UK health sector.

The deputy director, digital and technology strategy role, based at the Department of Health, carries a £100K salary.

He or she will work with the Government Digital Service (GDS) to “transform the Department of Health into a Digital First department with the tools, capability and confidence it requires to operate effectively, and to lead digital strategy for the health and care system.”

The role, which reports to the director of digital and data, will also involve ensuring that the Department of Health and its arms’ length bodies comply with the Cabinet Office digital spend controls and the GDS Digital by Default Service Standard.

The position will have responsibility for a team of 20 people and act as head of profession for digital in the Department of Health.

In addition to shaping the future digital landscape for health, the successful candidate will be expected to build the digital and technology strategy for the health and care system; sponsor digital transformation across key partner organisations in health; advise on best practice; and build a network of digital advocates and key allies.

He or she will also be charged with using digital as an enabler to produce “tangible improvements in patient experience and organisational processes”, drive the creation of live digital services across the healthcare system and help build a mature digital capability across the health bodies.

Applications for the role should be received by 9th December with a short-list expected to be in place later in December. Interviews will take place in January 2017.



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