The chief executive of the Health Innovation Network, Tara Donnelly, has been confirmed as the new interim chief digital officer (CDO) at NHS England.

The current CDO, Juliet Bauer, announced on Friday that she would be stepping down from the role to join online GP provider, LIVI.

Bauer said on Twitter that she was ‘really delighted to hand the baton’ over to Donnelly.

She added: “You [Donnelly] have been a great support to Empower the Person and to me personally. Thank you.”

Donnelly, who has been a massive advocate for helping the spread of innovation in the health service, said she was looking forward to joining the team at NHS England.

The announcement of her appointment was met by huge support from others, including health secretary, Matt Hancock.

Others included NHS Digital chief executive, Sarah Wilkinson and Professional Record Standards Body (PRSB) chair, Maureen Baker.