19 June 2017: Professor David Hughes, NHS Digital's Executive Director of Information and Analytics, is leaving the organisation to focus his expertise on mental health analytics.
He is leaving the organisation in August, which will enable him to develop a long-standing specialist interest in developing analytics to improve mental health awareness, treatment and outcomes.
David, who has worked in a broad range of academic, government, private and third sector roles during a distinguished 25 year career, authored NHS Digital's Data Strategy, which is central to the technology and innovation aspect of the NHS Five Year Forward View.
David said: "I have truly enjoyed working alongside a group of extremely talented individuals, all of whom are totally committed to improving healthcare and making it more accessible through data and technology. Therefore, my decision to leave NHS Digital has been very difficult. I have no doubt that the team will continue to deliver the data strategy and I wish them continued success.
"My professional passion is the effective treatment of mental health and, specifically, the field of mental health information and analytics. I am excited to now have the opportunity to pursue this passion through a number of opportunities that have been presented to me."
Interim Chief Executive Rob Shaw said: "David has been an incredible asset to NHS Digital and on behalf of the executive team and all our colleagues, I would like to thank him for the excellent work he has led with absolute conviction, dedication and expertise.
"The power of data and information to transform care has never been more pertinent and David has contributed hugely, bringing both professional expertise and personal dedication to his role. Particular contributions include his professional leadership of our talented analysts and his committed development of the data strategy.
"I'll be working with David and his team to ensure there is a smooth transition internally and we are speaking about how David can keep in touch with the organisation as he embarks on his new challenge."