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Simon Eccles

Simon Eccles

Chief Clinical Information Officer, NHSX
Dr Simon Eccles is the Chief Clinical Information Officer for NHSX. Previously he was the CCIO for Health and Care. The role spanned the Department of Health and Social Care, NHS England, NHS Improvement and the arms-length bodies. He was accountable for delivery of the Personal Health and Care 2020 programme, and the whole of the central NHS IT expenditure. Simon still practices one day a week as a consultant in Emergency Medicine at St Thomas’ Hospital. Former roles have included: Programme Director for Emergency Care Pathways transformation at Guys and St Thomas’, including overseeing the building of a new Emergency Floor on the St Thomas’ site; joint Clinical Director for Urgent and Emergency Care for NHSE London; joint SRO for Urgent and Emergency Care in South East London and a reviewer with CQC, the MPA and NHS England. He has been SRO for Interoperability within the P2020 programme and for NHSmail, providing secure communication across the NHS. Simon was a first wave graduate of the Major Projects Leadership Academy at the Said Business School, Oxford sponsored by the Cabinet Office. He was previously the Medical Director for NHS Connecting for Health, where he had responsibility for clinical engagement in health informatics as a driver for clinical quality and productivity improvement. He was the clinical lead for the NHS Information Strategy in 2011. Dr Simon Eccles is the national Chief Clinical Information Officer for Health and Care, and head of profession for CCIOs. He is also the Deputy Chief Executive for NHSX. NHSX is accountable for the delivery of the digital transformation program and the whole of the central NHS IT expenditure. Simon has responsibility for digital primary care, the digital transformation screening, and four missions of NHSX. These include reducing the burden on staff, empowering citizens, making clinical information available when needed, enhancing clinical safety and improving operational efficiency. Simon was previously the national Medical Director in Connecting for Health. He was the Clinical Director for Urgent Emergency Care for NHS London and SRO for urgent emergency care in South East London. Simon was an early graduate of the major project Leadership Academy at the Said business school and still practices emergency medicine as a Consultant at St Thomas’s hospital, London.
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