NHS England has appointed a new chief information officer, with key responsibilities to include running and developing the NHS’s critical technical infrastructure and managing cyber security for national services.
John Quinn comes to the role following his previous role as executive director of IT operations and enterprise services for NHS Digital.
He has spent a further eight years in leadership roles at the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), and earlier in his career worked in the Department for Education in digital, technology, project delivery and knowledge management roles.
Quinn has been filling the role of CIO for NHSE on a temporary basis since February.
Tim Ferris, national director for transformation, says that Quinn “has led significant digital transformations throughout his career, and so brings a wealth of experience and expertise” to the role.
“I’ve found John’s measured, insightful, and outcomes-oriented approach to problem solving invaluable since he joined NHS England,” he continued. “I know the whole team will continue to value his wise and caring leadership style, as we adopt the latest technology to transform the NHS and improve care for patients.”
Earlier this week, HTN covered the recently published government mandate to NHS England, where we focused on the role of digital in the 2023 mandate.