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NHS Blood and Transplant appoints first chief digital officer

Neil Merrett Published 06 August 2015

Aaron Powell, previously interim IT director with the authority, will now oversee its delivery of digital services


NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) has announced the appointment of its first chief digital officer, with Aaron Powell taking up the role with immediate effect.

Powell, who has worked for NHS Blood and Transplant since 2010, said he would be focusing through the role on the delivery of digital services to support the authority's aim to be the best of its kind in global healthcare.

"I am looking forward to the opportunity to drive forward our plans to deliver world class digital services and improve our IT capability across the board," he said.

Operating as a special health authority that jointly serves England and Wales to try and ensure an efficient supply of blood, NHSBT also matches and allocates donated organs for the whole of the UK.

Powell has most recently served as NHSBT's interim ICT director after being appointed back in November 2014. He has also held a number of roles in the authority's Organ Donation and Transplantation Directorate and joined from the United Network of Organ Sharing that manages the US transplantation system.

Powell's appointment as chief digital officer comes after NHSBT last year appointed Ian Trenholm - former director general and chief operating officer with Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) - to the role of chief executive.

Trenholm said Powell's appointment reflected NHSBT's intent to further develop technology use in its operations.

"Appointing our first chief digital officer sends a clear signal that NHS Blood and Transplant is serious about developing world class digital services and transforming our technology to support us in achieving our ambitions as an organisation," he added.

Prior to taking up the chief executive role with NHS Blood and Transplant last July, Trenholm had himself worked on implementing a programme called 'One Business', which targeted cost reductions across Defra and other areas of government by bringing together disparate parts of the organisation.

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