Unlocking the power of people

The vital importance of data and technology in improving the quality and effectiveness of care
The King's Fund, London W1G 0AN
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About this event

About this event

One of the key leadership challenges in health and care is to make transparency and participation real in operations and delivery. As National Director for Patients and Information, Tim Kelsey's challenge is to improve data sharing and digital modernisation, making it central to better outcomes and a sustainable NHS.

In this session Tim will discuss and debate this challenge with the audience.


Tim Kelsey

National Director for Patients and Information, NHS England

Tim's role combines the functions of chief technology and information officer with responsibility for patient and public participation. He took up the post in 2012 after serving as the government's first Executive Director of Transparency and Open Data.

Tim is a leading advocate of a popular knowledge revolution in our public services and, in 2000, he co-founded Dr Foster, a company that pioneered the publication of patient outcomes in health care.

He is also an internationally regarded expert in how digital and social media can transform the customer experience in public services. In 2007 he launched NHS Choices, the national online health information service, which now reports around 30 million users per month.

Tim was named a reformer of the year by the think tank Reform in 2012. Before Dr Foster, Tim was a national newspaper journalist and a television reporter. He worked for the Independent and the Sunday Times, as well as Channel 4 and the BBC.