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Rob Shaw CBE announces his departure from NHS Digital

Rob Shaw, deputy CEO at NHS Digital has announced that he will be leaving the organisation at Christmas, to pursue a consulting career.
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Rob Shaw, deputy CEO at NHS Digital has announced that he will be leaving the organisation at Christmas, to pursue a consulting career. Initially he will be working with foreign governments on national health and care infrastructure.

In his time at NHS Digital Rob has led a range of major projects, including moving the Spine in house, which remains the biggest in-sourcing project that the NHS has ever completed. It has saved the taxpayer £100m since it transferred.

He has also successfully established the organisation’s cyber security function, with responsibility for maintaining the security of NHS Digital’s infrastructure and for supporting the rest of the NHS to make good decisions about their own data security.

Rob says, “Whilst I will miss the organisation and my talented colleagues enormously, the time is right to pursue some new challenges and to test my skills in some new environments.”

Sarah Wilkinson, CEO at NHS Digital said, “Rob has been hugely important to the functioning of this organisation for many years. He has worked throughout NHS Digital in many roles and guises and his contribution has been simply phenomenal.

“On a personal note, I could not have asked for a more supportive, wise, thoughtful, generous and loyal deputy. It has been a huge privilege to have his support over the last couple of years and I will miss him enormously.”

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Rob Shaw

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 was awarded the CBE for his services to Health and Social Care in 2018.

He is Managing Director of Platforms, Infrastructure and Live Services and is the organisations Senior Information Risk Owner (SIRO)

Rob is currently leading, with the Department of Health and Social Care, the UK input to the Global Digital Health Partnership and leads the Cyber Security strand.

He 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 (CIS) and the Secondary Uses Service (SUS). He was SRO for Spine and CIS and delivered the Programmes on Open Source technology. He was also responsible for overseeing the provision of more than 60 essential live services to NHS and social care organisations which have had overall availability of 99.96%.

Rob continues to run CareCert which is one of only three government Certs in UK and has strong relationships with the National Cyber Security Committee.

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

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Last edited: 10 December 2019 2:58 pm