The former director of digital transformation at NHS South, Central and West, Andy Kinnear, is to join Ethical Healthcare Consulting.

The former chair of BCS Health and Care will become partnerships director at Ethical, a UK-based not-for-profit digital health consultancy.

The organisation has also recently welcomed Anne Cooper, the former chief nurse at NHS Digital, who is Ethical’s clinical director.

Ethical is focused on supporting digital transformation projects across healthcare, from strategy through to business cases, procurement and implementation. It specialises in EPR, clinical imaging, enterprise infrastructure and data strategies as well as clinical safety.

Kinnear said: “Most of our work is focused on the real problems that the NHS needs to address today. We all know that a new wave of innovation is coming, with AI and robotics and other technologies that will have a lot to offer health and care in the future.

“But we will only be able to realise their potential if we get good, digital foundations in place now.

“We need to create a framework for the exciting world that is coming. That is what I spent my career in the NHS doing, and what I am joining Ethical to continue to do.”

Kinnear stepped down from his NHS role in March 2020 after 29 years of service. He has been a vocal proponent of NHS digitisation and a key figure within both the NHS CIO circuit and Digital Health Networks.