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Rob Shaw

Deputy Chief Executive for NHS Digital.

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Rob was appointed as NHS Digital's Deputy Chief Executive in August 2017, after serving as Interim Chief Executive in early 2017 and Chief Operating Officer since April 2016.

He has helped lead the transformation of the health and care system's IT infrastructure since 2014, delivering more efficient, flexible, and secure services.

Rob joined as Director of Operations and Assurance Services in April 2014 and managed the insourcing of three critical infrastructure services: the core NHS Spine systems, the Care Identity Service and the Secondary Uses Service. This delivered running cost savings of more than £25 million a year and radically improved the flexibility and performance of these critical systems. He was also responsible for overseeing the provision of more than 60 essential live services to NHS and social care organisations, which have achieved an average availability rate of 99.98 per cent over the past three years.

After taking over as Chief Operating Officer, Rob also worked as Senior Responsible Officer for the Cyber Security Programme, which provides data security support for health and care organisations across England, providing real-time intelligence, assurance and expert guidance on cyber security.

In 2009, he became Director of the then Technical Assurance Group and in 2012 he also took over management of Technical Architecture and Infrastructure.

Before joining the NHS, Rob  worked for the Department of Work and Pensions, where he led intervention teams to assist complex programmes with governance and delivery.

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