• NHSX confirmed Sam Shah left digital director role last week 
  • Dr Shah spent six months working for NHSX 

An NHSX director has left his role just four months after the new digital unit was officially launched, HSJ has learned.

Director of digital development for NHSX, Dr Sam Shah, left the role on October 31 after his contract ended, according to an NHSX spokesman.

NHSX did not provide any more information on Dr Shah’s departure - including whether he was given the option of renewing his contract.

Dr Shah - who was previously known as the director of digital development for NHS England - was appointed to NHSX in April this year ahead of its official launch in July. 

He has held a number of roles in NHS England including clinical lead for NHS 111 learning and development, clinical lead for urgent and emergency care and more recently director of digital development.

NHSX is a joint agency across NHS England and Improvement and the Department of Health and Social Care, set up by health and social care secretary, Matt Hancock.