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Former NHS CIO named new head of BCS’s Health Informatics Forum


16 November, 2009  
BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT has named Matthew Swindells as the new head of its prestigious and influential Health Informatics Forum (HIF).

Matthew was previously the first NHS chief information officer and is now managing director for health at public sector services company Tribal.

David Clarke, Chief Executive Officer at the Institute says: “We are delighted that Matthew has agreed to lead one of our most high-profile volunteer groups. Our Specialist Groups and Forums significantly contribute to the reputation that BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, has for high quality impartial advice, and the role it plays in enabling the information society. 

“I look forward to working with Matthew and supporting the vital and important work that HIF plays in informing the debate around health informatics – a debate that affects the lives of everybody in the UK”.

Matthew says: “I am delighted to be taking on this role because I firmly believe in the role the Institute could play in improving the quality and professionalism of the specialist informatics community in the coming years.

“This is a crucial time for informatics and the NHS as a whole. I am looking forward to being a proactive ambassador for all branches of health informatics and BCS HIF; promoting its activities and building confidence in the ability of informatics to contribute to improving our health system.”

Matthew has worked in several senior management roles inside the NHS, including head of information technology at Guy’s and St Thomas’ hospital, director of clinical services at Heatherwood and Wexham Park Hospital – when it won the HSJ (Health Service Journal) trust of the year award – and ultimately, as chief executive at the Royal Surrey County Hospital.

He joined the Department of Health in 2006, firstly as the senior policy advisor to the Secretary of State and then joined the NHS Management Board as the NHS’s first chief information officer.

Matthew is also a visiting professor of management at the University of Surrey and chair of the charitable trustees at Imperial College Hospital Trust.

A full interview with Matthew can be found in the December edition of the BCS publication for health informatics professionals, HINOW.

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