• Will Smart had been NHS England’s chief information officer since August 2016
  • Has joined DXC Technology as global director for customer engagement within healthcare and life sciences

Former NHS chief information officer Will Smart has taken up a position with global firm DXC Technology.

Mr Smart, who had worked as NHS England’s chief information officer since August 2016, has joined the company as its global director for customer engagement within healthcare and life sciences.

He announced his move on Twitter last week, having already signalled his departure from the NHS during the summer, shortly after the launch of NHSX.

DXC Technology provides the Lorenzo electronic patient record system for various NHS providers, and last year won a £250m contract to revamp NHS Supply Chain’s software.

The company was created by the merger between CSC and the Enterprise Services division of Hewlett Packard Enterprise in April 2017.

Earlier this year, the company launched a voluntary redundancy programme affecting hundreds of UK staff.

Prior to his national leadership role, Mr Smart was the chief information officer at the Royal Free London Foundation Trust for six years.

Meanwhile, an NHSX director has also announced her departure. Katie Farrington, the unit’s director of technology, digital and data, said she was leaving after four years with the Department of Health and Social Care.  

 

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