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London CIO Council elects Stephen Docherty as chair


Stephen Docherty, CIO of the South London and Maudsley NHS Trust speaking at the Innovation Leadership Summit: Pic by Vicky Matthers

South London and Maudsley NHS Trust CIO Stephen Docherty has been elected as the new chair of the London CIO Council. Joanna Smith, CIO with the Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Trust has been elected to the role of vice chair.  

The London CIO Council is an association for health sector CIOs in the UK capital. Elections took place as Mark Large, formerly CIO with the Great Ormond Street children’s hospital and more recently Director of Information Technology with the Central and North West London NHS Trust, has chosen to retire from a long career in technology leadership, much of which was in the health sector.

The election of Docherty and Smith puts two of London’s most transformative and bold CIOs into the hot seat of the CIO Council.  Docherty recently headlined this title’s Innovation Leadership Summit, the largest summit for CIOs and innovation leaders in the UK. Peers from the NHS, construction and technology were impressed with the innovation platform that Docherty has created and led at the Maudsely trust as well as his focus on using digital technologies to benefit the patient through understanding when to make an intervention.

“The CIO Council is a collective powerful voice and has a great opportunity to show leadership and drive the technology agenda,” Docherty told Horizon. “We can also drive and influence policy at a national level and I firmly believe that we need to look across industry sectors and apply the best principles and examples to the NHS.

“I look forward to building upon the great work that Mark Large, supported by Lisa Budd of the London Procurement Partnership, have put in place, and working together with Joanne Smith as vice-chair, believe we can help to take the CIO Council forward to the next stages in its evolution as we help to digitise the NHS.”

Smith has been with the Brompton for nearly four years and has been leading a root and branch modernisation of the famed hospital trust.

Joanna Brown, CIO of the Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Trust: Picture by Vicky Matthers iconphotomedia

Docherty and Smith are both CIOs in their first NHS and public sector roles.  Smith was in the pharmaceutical industry before joining the Brompton and Docherty has experience from Sony Entertainment and the Student Loans company.

The London CIO Council works closely with the London Interoperability Programme, which aims to create a citizen centric information resource.

Previous chairs of the London CIO Council include James Thomas, former CIO of the UCLH NHS hospital and now CTO of medical research funding body the Wellcome Trust.

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