Executive Programme Adviser, CHIME International
Andy Kinnear is a former NHS Chief Information Officer with a 30 year NHS career. He has a successful track record of delivering information & technology strategy and solutions and a wholehearted commitment to improving the health and care system. Andy left his full-time role with the NHS in March 2020 and now works for the NHS part-time, supports digital health & care organisations on a freelance basis and is proud to be part of the CHIME International Team. Andy’s most recent role was as the Director of Digital Transformation for NHS South, Central and West CSU looking after the delivery of 200+ digital projects to NHS organisations across the South of England. As former Programme Director for Connecting Care, the Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire interoperability programme Andy remains a champion of local interoperability. Connecting Care is a partnership of 17 organisations in the West Country and has successfully created a single shared record combining data from GP Practices, Community Services, Local Authorities, Acute Hospitals and Out-of-Hours services. Connecting Care is recognised as one of the leading integrated digital care record (IDCR) programmes in the country. Andy was also seconded part time as Local Delivery Advisor for NHS Digital until March 2018 advising them on Health and Social Care Integration and is working closely with national Health and Care agencies on the development of the integration strategy. In April 2016 Andy took on the role of Chair of the BCS Health & Care Executive hoping to help develop the professionalization agenda for CIO and CCIO colleagues. On his watch he has deliver the Federation of Informatics Professionals and supported the creation of the FCI, as well as been an active player in the development of the NHS Digital Academy. He completed his term of office in September 2019 but remains an active voice in this space. Andy is a member of the national CIO network and was elected to the CIO Advisory Panel in June 2016. He works closely with colleagues on the development of the informatics profession within health and social care. He is an experienced public speaker and routinely presents at national conferences on health and care information topics.