The latest episode of Digital Health Unplugged is now live – this time we take a look at Amanda Pritchard’s appointment as NHS England’s new CEO.

Pritchard was announced as Simon Steven’s replacement at the end of July and took up the post on August 1, making her the first female CEO of the NHS.

Prior to taking on the role of CEO, Pritchard was NHS England’s chief operating officer. As part of her role as the new chief executive, Pritchard will be expected to “drive digital transformation” across the entire health service.

It’s the first time digital transformation has been front and centre, with job specifications released in May revealing the successful candidate would take on four key responsibilities, with the need for wider digital transformation forming a more prominent part of the role.

Applicants were required to have a proven record of “leading a large complex organisation through transformational change, employing digital technologies and innovation”.

Joining host Andrea Downey on the podcast to discuss Pritchard’s appointment are:

  • Aasha Cowey, Strategic Transformation Lead at Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
  • Will Smart, Global Director External Relations, Dedalus
  • Hannah Crouch, Editor, Digital Health

As well as looking at the significance of digital transformation being in Pritchard’s job description, the panel also speak about the significant step forward for female representation in the NHS.

With Pritchard being the first female CEO of the NHS, it’s hoped it will encourage more women to apply for leadership roles in their career.

Tune in to hear more!

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