Ex-NHS CIO Swindells to head BCS health forum

Matthew Swindells, NHS chief information officer for the two months to April 2008, has been appointed head of the Health Informatics Forum at the BCS.

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Matthew Swindells, NHS chief information officer for the two months to April 2008, has been appointed head of the Health Informatics Forum at the BCS.

David Clarke, BCS chief executive, said Swindells will be “informing the debate around health informatics, a debate that affects the lives of everybody in the UK.”

It is a debate Swindells said came at a “crucial time for informatics and the NHS as a whole”. He sees his role as: “promoting its activities and building confidence in the ability of informatics to contribute to improving our health system.”

Swindells became Department of Health chief information officer when Richard Granger, the CIO who became noted for his strong policy towards vendors and remuneration package, stepped down from the role.

In April 2008 Swindells left the role to join IT consultancy and recruitment firm Tribal, which specialises in the public sector.

Swindells arrives at the BCS with a strong health sector heritage having been head of information technology at Guy’s and St Thomas’ hospitals in London, as well as a stint as director of clinical services at Heatherwood and Wrexham Park Hospitals and chief executive of the Royal Surrey County Hospital.

Swindells was a senior policy advisor at the Department for Health for two years before taking the CIO role. He is also a visiting professor of management at the University of Surrey.

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