Vice President International, CHIME
Jane spent 16 years working at the highest level in UK health policy as a senior civil servant in DH and NHS England. As Chief Press Officer at the Department of Health she advised a number of Health Secretaries on key policy initiatives including the Mental Health Act, Pandemic Flu plan and NHS planning guidance. In 2007/8 Jane led all communication and engagement for Lord Ara Darzi’s NHS Next Stage Review, which established quality as a guiding principle of NHS reform. Building on this Jane was Head of Communications for Professor Sir Bruce Keogh in his role as the inaugural NHS Medical Director. During this time, she worked with professional bodies to establish the publication of surgical outcomes data. Following the Health and Social Care Act 2012, Jane moved to the newly created NHS England as a Deputy Director and set up the communications function for the new organisation. Thereafter, Jane took a Head of Innovation role to establish digital and IT initiatives in the new NHS architecture. Jane wrote the white paper for the National Information Board, which sets out the roadmap for a paperfree NHS, and sat on the Genomics England Board – a commission from the Prime Minister to sequence 100,000 genomes of people with rare disease and cancer. Jane worked alongside NHS Chief Executive Simon Stevens to publish the NHS Five Year Forward View (2014) and contributed her research into innovation in the NHS. Jane was previously Director of Strategy for HIMSS UK, where she wrote and implemented an organisational strategy for the UK team. Moving on, she was a programme director in the EHR team at Guy’s and St Thomas’ taking the project through the outline business case and to procurement. Jane holds a Master’s degree from Cambridge University and a post-graduate diploma in Journalism from Cardiff University. Jane spent the first seven years of her career working as a financial journalist for Bloomberg News which included foreign assignments in South Africa and to the World Economic Forum in Davos. Jane served as a lay member of Wandsworth CCG’s clinical reference group for cancer and sits on the advisory board of Saving Faces, a facial surgery research foundation.