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Sarah Wilkinson was NHS Digital’s chief executive August 2017 to June 2021. 

Simon Bolton is the current Interim Chief Executive of NHS Digital. 


Sarah Wilkinson, CEO of NHS Digital
By Sarah Wilkinson. 25 September 2020
Clinical data is acutely private and confidential, and patients rightly demand that it is handled with great care. Sarah Wilkinson, Chief Executive of NHS Digital, explains more.

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12 May 2021
Respected voices across the clinical, academic, research and patient spectrum have welcomed the introduction of a new service from NHS Digital, which will more efficiently collect primary care data and make it available for better planning of healthcare services and for use in medical research. 
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18 October 2019
Nearly 70 GP IT system suppliers are to be awarded contracts to supply IT systems via the new GP IT Futures framework.
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12 September 2019
NHS Digital partners with University of Oxford, Microsoft and IBM for pioneering new venture.
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26 June 2019
NHS Digital’s chief executive Sarah Wilkinson has been named in the top 100 most influential women in UK India relations.
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23 May 2019
Top technology companies will be challenged to develop new, innovative GP IT systems to empower patients to access more health services online and through their phones, Health Secretary Matt Hancock announces today .
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23 May 2019
NHS Digital has issued an invitation to tender for existing and new suppliers to deliver a new IT systems framework for primary care.
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7 January 2019
NHS Digital's chief executive, Sarah Wilkinson, has welcomed the focused on digital technology in the NHS Long Term Plan published today.
NHS Digital article
3 December 2018
An exciting new alliance will bring the UK’s leading academics together with forward thinking health data specialists, to develop new ways to design and support the medical research of the future, to improve the care patients receive from the NHS.
NHS Digital article
17 October 2018
Outdated and obstructive NHS IT systems will become a thing of the past, Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock has said as he launches his technology vision today.
NHS Digital article
10 October 2018
A new technology innovation centre will open later today at Great Ormond Street Hospital, with backing from us and several technology companies, to transform the use of technology including artificial intelligence in healthcare and improve patient outcomes.
NHS Digital article
28 September 2018
28 September 2018: NHS Digital CEO, Sarah Wilkinson, told clinicians and senior health leaders how a ‘new wave of data’ offers huge advantages to the health and care sector, in a keynote speech at the UK Health Show this week.
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26 June 2018
26 June 2018 - An initiative has been launched to ensure private healthcare data is recorded in the same way as NHS data in England, with the aim of improving consistency across the system.
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9 May 2018
A statement from NHS Digital on the Memorandum of Understanding with the Home Office
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15 April 2018
In relation to the Health Select Committee's report into the memorandum of understanding on data sharing between NHS Digital and the Home Office, NHS Digital's Chief Executive, Sarah Wilkinson, has issued the following statement.