• Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust appoints Paul Jones as chief digital information officer 
  • Former CDIO Richard Corbridge slammed “excruciating” state of NHS tech when he left role earlier this year
  • Dr Jones will sit on the board and report to trust CEO

A hospital trust has appointed a new tech chief, months after his predecessor slammed the “excruciating” state of NHS IT as he stepped down from the role.

Dr Paul Jones

Paul Jones is expected to join the trust in November

Paul Jones, who has previously worked in IT across the private and public sector, is expected to take on the chief digital and information officer job at Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust in November. He will sit on the trust’s board and report to chief executive Julian Hartley.

He replaces Richard Corbridge, who left the CDIO role at Leeds earlier this year to join the Walgreens Boots Alliance, saying “opportunities to impact healthcare have become easier to realise outside of the NHS”.

In a 2018 interview, health and social care secretary Matt Hancock said all trusts should be asking “serious questions” of themselves if they do not have a CDIO on their board, who should report directly to the chief executive. In the same interview, Mr Hancock praised the Yorkshire trust for its approach to technology after developing a “good” in-house IT system.

However, as he departed the role, Mr Corbridge said digital is “too often” neglected across the NHS – prompting top leaders to “leave for the private sector”.

Dr Jones will join the trust from BUPA, where he has held a series of senior IT roles since in 2016. He previously worked as chief technology officer for NHS England, group chief information officer at Serco and held a director post at KPMG Consulting.

Mr Hartley said: “This is an exciting time for Leeds Teaching Hospitals and Paul’s skills and expertise will help us to build on the innovative work of our digital and informatics team in collaboration with partners across the city.

“This will drive forward our vision to provide the best specialist and integrated care for patients across our seven hospitals.”

 

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