Data saves lives. There is no clearer demonstration of this than our response to the pandemic, which has been fuelled by data. It has allowed us to bring down the number of deaths and hospitalisations from COVID-19 by creating a Shielded Patients’ List to protect the most vulnerable; prioritise at-risk groups for early vaccination; helped us prove the effectiveness of certain drugs such as dexamethasone which is estimated to have saved a million lives already; and it is helping us better understand and treat Long Covid.
Simon BoltonInterim Chief Executive, NHS Digital
Simon is Interim CEO of NHS Digital, the executive body of the Department of Health and Social Care which provides information, data and IT systems for health and social care nationally. Simon is also the Interim Chief Information Officer for NHS England which falls under the newly formed Transformation Directorate.
Prior to joining NHS Digital Simon was the Chief Information Officer at NHS Test & Trace and has held a number of executive technology leadership roles at companies including CIO of Jaguar Land Rover and CIO of Rolls-Royce’s Land and Sea Division.
Simon was appointed as an Independent Member of Governing Council for The University of Derby in April 2019 and is also on the Board of Tech Partnership Degrees, an employer-led and not for profit organisation that unites employers and universities to improve the flow of talent into the digital workforce. Simon is also a Member of the Board of Advisors for Armis, a computer and network security company based in California.
Simon lives in North Derbyshire and is a keen endurance athlete, with a particular interest in trail running.