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Clinical leadership

See the doctors, nurses and other professionals working within NHS Digital to make sure we provide the best services for health and care.

NHS Digital has a group of senior clinicians who work closely with teams across the breadth of NHS Digital's products and services.

They lead in advising, developing and implementing the principles of clinical governance to ensure that systems and services deliver the best outcomes for citizens, patients and staff.  

They inform peers and colleagues of progress via speaking engagements, media releases and attending stakeholder meetings.

Professor Martin Severs

Martin Severs - Medical Director

Medical Director and Caldicott Guardian, Professor Martin Severs was a consultant geriatrician for 30 years and a professor of health care for older people at the University of Portsmouth for 25 years.

Martin also has extensive experience of management at service, medical director, and non-executive board roles in health and research.

Executive responsibilities : Provider digitisation and programmes

  • Medical Director and Caldicott Guardian,
  • Social Care - Linda Whalley to lead on our organisation's response to social care across domains
  • Standards and Standards Implementation
  • IReS

Executive sponsor:  Information management and clinical

  • Information standards
  • Information assurance, clinical

Anne Cooper

Anne Cooper - Chief Nurse

Anne is deputy to Professor Severs and is the Chief Nurse for NHS digital, leading on the Clinical Governance agenda.  

She qualified as a nurse in 1986 and has spent the last 15 years working in informatics. Anne is also interested in the views and experiences of patients and how NHS Digital makes a positive contribution to both the experience of staff, citizens and patients.

Manpreet Pujara

Manpreet Pujara - Director of Patient Safety

Manpreet is the Clinical Director for Patient Safety and also an adviser for his CCG on GP IT and Medicines optimisation. He is keen to maximise the benefits that good information systems can bring to frontline healthcare as well as providing the NHS with business intelligence which will help deliver integrated care.

Manpreet believes that "good IT implemented well is key to improving patient safety, monitoring health and providing opportunities for early interventions". Manpreet is the current chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) Health Informatics Group and also Co-chairs the Joint GP IT Committee (JGPITC).

Arjun Dhillon

Arjun Dhillon - Deputy Caldicott Guardian

Arjun supports the Caldicott Guardian and Senior Information Risk Owner (SIRO) to ensure they are meeting their obligations and support the implementation of the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) regulations. He also provides clinical support to the Information Governance teams and works closely with the Independent Group Advising on the Release of Data (IGARD) team. 

Arjun's aspiration is to promote transparent data usage to improve our system for the benefit of our patients and has a keen interest in elderly care.

Previously, he was Director of a Primary Care Web Tool and was a GB Member of Ealing CCG. He was also Chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners Health Informatics Group (RCGP HIG)  and Joint GP IT Committee (JGPITC) and was Managing Partner and Trainer at The Argyle Surgery.

Raj Kumar

Raj Kumar - Clinical Director and Responsible Officer

Raj is a General Practitioner from Cheshire and a Primary Care Medical Director. Raj's early pioneering work on electronic booking progressed to a role as Clinical Lead/Clinical Director for NHS Connecting For Health, overseeing the development of the Choose and Book programme (now e-Referral Service).

He also held the role of Deputy Medical Director for World Class Commissioning, and featured in the Health Service Journal NHS Top 50 BME Pioneers list.

Within NHS Digital, as Clinical Director, Raj is part of the Clinical leadership team and is the Responsible Officer overseeing the governance of all doctors as well as the continuing professional development of the Clinical Informatics Professional Group.

Mona Johnson

Mona Johnson - Domain A - Self-care and Prevention

Previously Deputy Clinical Director of NHS Pathways, Mona led the clinical governance of the programme and was instrumental in many projects and fundamental changes to the system.

She has delivered transformation projects and was part of the team that delivered junior doctor rotas compliant with the 'European Working Time Directive' in 2009/10. 

Mona moved to NHS Direct as part of the implementation team for NHS 111 before joining NHS Digital in 2014. She has a keen interest in the ethics of health and social care and is passionate about equality. She has previously held a position as a medical member of the judiciary.

Alastair Pickering

Alastair Pickering - Domain B - Urgent and Emergency Care

Alastair started training to be a surgeon with an interest in orthopaedics and sports injuries.

He later became a Walport Clinical Lecturer in Emergency Medicine, working in the Health Services Research team at ScHARR. Alastair sat on the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Health Technology Assessment (HTA) selection panel for commissioned research, as well as the College of Emergency Medicine Research and Publications committee.

Joining NHS Digital in 2014, he worked as part of the NHS Pathways clinical authoring team and has continued in this role until stepping into the new clinical lead role for Domain B.

Peter Short

Peter Short - Domain C - Transforming General Practice

Since joining the NHS in 1983, Peter has spent the majority of his time as a principal in General Practice. He has also acted as a Clinical Assistant in Elderly Rehabilitation Medicine. 

He has worked at local and regional level as a clinical advisor, and at National level with successive organisations since 2008. Peter's driving passion is the use of systems and information that can be made available to support all frontline clinicians.

He is keen to bring this information further into our shared future, to support patients to be increasingly independent, informed and self-caring. Peter joined the Domain C team to accelerate the NHS Digital clinical service enablement functions to support local needs and priorities.

Amir Mehrkah

Amir Mehrkar - Domain D - Integrated Care and Social Care

Amir joined NHS Digital in June 2016 as Clinical Lead for Integrated Care. His clinical informatics experience includes: National Clinical Lead for the e-Referral Service; Chief Clinical Information Officer (CCIO) for the Hampshire Health Record; Digital Clinical Champion for NHS England's Patient Online Programme; and recently CCIO for Orion Health. 

In 2016, Amir co-founded INTEROPen, an open collaboration of individuals, industry, standards organisations and health and social care providers. 2017 has also seen Amir co-found the Interopsummit, an educational interoperability summit.

Amir also has international experience in informatics and is a member of the HL7 UK board and the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) Health Informatics Group.

Mohammed Hussein

Mohammed Hussein - Domain E - Digital Medicines

Since 2009, Mohammed has helped in delivering the Electronic Prescription Service and Summary Care Records to pharmacies across England. He has also acted as interim Programme Head for Integrating Pharmacy across the Care Settings Programme.

Mohammed is a member of the General Pharmaceutical Council and the Pharmacy Regulator and is a Fellow of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society. He is also a member of the External Advisory Board at the University of Bradford and the Local Pharmaceutical Committee. Mohammed is the Chair of the West Yorkshire Local Pharmacy Network (LPN) and co-founded #Pharmacy24, an international twitter event to promote pharmacies.

He is one of only three individuals to have been honoured by both the pharmacy and pharmacy technician professional leadership bodies. Mohammed is a strong advocate for equality and diversity, with a passion for addressing structural biases.

Stephen Miller

Stephen Miller - Domain F - Elective Care

Stephen has been a practising GP in South East London since 1995 and has been Medical Director of the NHS e-Referral Service (e-RS) since 2007. He provides clinical leadership to the e-RS team and also to the National Information Board (NIB). 
Stephen sits on the e-RS Programme Delivery Board and the National Electronic Referral Advisory Board. Stephen also works closely with NHS Digital's Business Change and Implementation team to improve the referral experience.

He has demonstrated systems to government ministers and regularly contributes to parliamentary briefings and ministerial questions/submissions. Stephen is a Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners, a Liveryman in the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries and a Freeman of the City of London.

Caron Swinscoe

Caron Swinscoe - Domain G - Paper free at the point of care

Caron was a registered general nurse for the first 18 years of her career. This was across intensive care, general medicine, coronary care, emergency department and acute medicine.

Her next move was to nursing leadership and since 2000 she has held a number of nursing leadership roles including Matron for Acute Medicine, Divisional Nurse posts and Deputy Director of Nursing. 

Her previous role was Chief Nurse of Health Informatics and Head of Clinical Engagement at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust. Caron believes it is "vital that NHS leadership is characterised by real desire to deliver the highest quality treatment and care for our patients. This includes through the support, development and growth of our staff."

Tom Foley

Tom Foley – Domain H - Data Outcomes

Tom specialises as a child and adolescent psychiatrist and has degrees in software engineering, economics and public policy.  
Since working as a full-time management consultant with PwC and BDO, Tom has spent time in clinical practice, academia and consultancy. 

Tom conducts reviews on healthcare policy issues and has held operational positions with the Care Quality Commission and Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management. He has also held a range of committee and associate positions with Monitor, British Medical Association, Royal College of Psychiatrists and General Medical Council. 
Tom was Principal Investigator on the Newcastle University Learning Healthcare Project and was also a special advisor to the Wachter Review, writing the chapter on the computerisation of General Practice. Tom currently advises on a number of national and international Learning Health System panels.

Vishen Ramkisson

Vishen Ramkissen - Domain I - Infrastucture

Vishen has been a GP Partner since 2009 and works with Specialist Interest in Vasectomy. He is also an Associate Trainer of GP Specialist Trainees. 

Vishen has been a Hertfordshire Local Medical Committee (LMC) Executive Member since 2012. In 2013 he completed a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Bedfordshire. Vishen has also been the University of Cambridge South Hub Regional Lead since 2014.

For the last year he has acted as the NHS England Midlands Clinical Lead Supporting Vulnerable Practices (SVP) Programme. As well as starting 2017 as the NHS England South Regional PMO Lead for Integrated Urgent Care.

Nick Venters

Nick Ventors - Domain J - Public Trust and Security

Nick has been a Consultant Psychiatrist for 10 years in the community, prisons and in-patient psychiatric wards. He has had an interest in the Informatics agenda for almost as long.

Nick became Chief Clinical Information Officer almost four  years ago and is a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists' Informatics Committee. During this time Nick has been involved in collaborative programmes such as the Leeds Care Record. 

He brings years of experience of frontline mental health care and its informatics challenges and has an enthusiasm to see joined up care enabled by secure and patient-centred shared records.

Mark Nicholas

Mark Nicholas – Chief Social Worker

Mark Nicholas, MBA, MSW, CQSW is a qualified and registered social worker, who has worked in both child and adult social care. 

He is a strong believer in integrated working across professions and the importance of intervening early in the lives of individuals to prevent problems worsening. This last led to him managing one of the first Sure Start programmes and commissioning the first fully operational children's centre in the country.  

At NHS Digital, Mark is the Chief Social Worker and social care lead for the organisation. He was the driving force behind the creation of the National Social Care Advisory Group on digital, which is the social care reference group of the National Information Board.

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