The former CEO of the NHS Digital Academy has been appointed chief industry advisor at the Dedalus Group.

Rachel Dunscombe has also served as director of digital at the Northern Care Alliance NHS Foundation Trust. Within this role she was responsible for the digital strategy at Salford which included improving the trust’s Care Quality Commission (CQC) quality rating.

It is hoped Dunscombe will bring over 25 years’ experience in the NHS, academia, management consulting and the technology industry to her new role at healthcare and diagnostic software solutions provider.

Andrea Fiumicelli, CEO of Dedalus Group, said: “We are delighted to announce that Rachel has joined the Dedalus global team.

“She will bring knowledge and skills on policy, standards and health care system trends as well as linkages to global professional networks. Working with the teams she will use this knowledge to create solutions based on emerging needs, market trends and policy.

“Rachel will maintain her policy role as AI Council member representing Health for the UK government working to the cabinet office and academic role as visiting professor at Imperial College London in the Global Healthcare Policy unit.”

Since 2019 Dunscombe has also led the Arch collaborative global for KLAS research, supporting the big four in consulting in Australia, New Zealand, US, Europe and low-to-middle income countries. She was also recently voted as deputy chair of the OpenEHR CIC, the global board for OpenEHR standards.

Dunscombe added: “I am delighted to join Dedalus which I believe has a unique opportunity globally to digitise healthcare in an open and agile way. I am looking forward to working with the talented and driven teams in order to increase the positive impact of digitisation on healthcare systems.”