The first movers and shakers of 2021 features a new deputy CNIO at NHSX and a former programme director of apps and wearables at NHS Digital joining Made Tech. 

Sara Nelson has been appointed as the deputy CNIO at NHSX.

Speaking on Twitter, Nelson said she was “proud” to be given the opportunity to work with NHSX’s CNIO, Natasha Phillips.

Life Sciences Hub Wales has appointed five non-executive directors to join its board who will help shape the organisation’s future strategic direction.

The new non-executive directors are; Victoria Bates, Erica Cassin, Professor Hamish Laing, Len Richards and Peter Max.

Minister for health and social services Vaughan Gething said: “I am delighted to announce five new appointments to the Board of Life Sciences Hub Wales.  As you would expect, the standard of applicants was very high, and each will bring a wealth of experience to help take the Hub forward as we look to the future.

“Life Sciences Hub Wales has and continues to play an important role in Wales’ response to the coronavirus pandemic, looking at innovative ways to source crucial supplies and digital solutions.

“At its core, the Hub is committed to continuing to support the acceleration and adoption of innovation across health and social care and beyond the current crisis. I look forward to working with Victoria, Erica, Hamish, Len and Peter at a pivotal time for Wales and the UK.”

Healthily has announced three new senior hires to its clinical advisory board.

The self-care platform has welcomed Dr Patricia Schartau, Dr Vishal Gulati and Julia Cawthorne.

Healthily CEO, Matteo Berlucchi, said: “Over the last year we have seen a huge acceleration in user growth, and we are delighted that our platform continues to attract the best talent to help expand our vision to help a billion people find their health through clinical grade information and technology.”

Hazel Jones has been appointed as the head of health at Made Tech.

Jones, who has previously been programme director of apps and wearables at NHS Digital, will lead the company’s digital transformation projects across the health service.

She said: “Working for the NHS, I have seen first-hand how Covid-19 has brought challenges that have led it to embrace digital technologies so it could still operate and treat patients safely. The pandemic has been a turning point for the NHS and as it continues to optimise its digital capabilities, I hope to offer my experience and passion to accelerate the health service’s journey through digital transformation.

“I believe that technology delivery companies working for the public sector shouldn’t simply turn up, install digital solutions and then leave. They should support organisations to evolve their workforce’s skills and digital capabilities through co-working. This will ensure they have the tools and techniques to continue to grow and evolve their digital expertise. These values are shared by Made Tech and I can’t wait to get to work and do whatever I can to make a difference in the healthcare sector.”