Following a competitive recruitment process, the Health Innovation Network (HIN) South London has today (1 November 2023) announced the appointment of Amanda Begley as permanent Director of Digital Transformation.
Amanda originally joined the HIN South London in June 2022 on secondment from Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust (GSTT), where she was Director of the Centre for Innovation, Transformation and Improvement (CITI).
During her time as interim Director of Digital Transformation at the HIN, she has been instrumental in work to support the implementation of virtual wards across the capital, and through supporting NHS England’s London region to understand the patient experience of digital transformation by surveying over 2,000 people.
Previously, Amanda co-founded the award winning NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA), and helped to establish the Health Data Research UK Hub for Cancer (DATA-CAN), where she worked as Director of Strategy and Partnerships.
Following her PhD in psychology, Amanda joined the NHS as an Assistant and Trainee Clinical Psychologist. She has also worked as a commissioner and senior manager across primary, community and secondary care in south west London, as Head of Innovation at London’s Strategic Health Authority and Director of Innovation and Implementation at UCLPartners.
Reacting to the appointment, Amanda said: “I’m passionate about how digital can enable the transformation of health and care in a way that is inclusive, improves patients’ lives and takes pressure off stretched staff. To be able to continue to do this at the HIN is fantastic.”
Dr Rishi Das-Gupta, CEO of the HIN said: “Implementing digital transformation and demonstrating its impact can feel daunting, particularly for stretched and stressed health and care staff. Having a permanent Director for Digital Transformation means we are committed to supporting our partners in south London and beyond with this and I am thrilled that Amanda will be in this role for us.”