Natasha Phillips named NHSX chief nursing information officer


Natasha Phillips has been named the chief nursing information officer for NHSX. 

Phillips, who has been a nurse for 26 years, is the current chief nursing information officer (CNIO) at University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (UCLH).

Ruth May, chief nursing officer for England, announced the appointment on Twitter. Phillips will take up her role at NHSX in April.

Simon Eccles, NHSX’s CCIO and deputy CEO, tweeted to say he was “delighted” by her appointment.

Phillips was named Digital Health’s CNIO of the Year in 2019 and is a columnist for the site.

Following the award, she told Digital Health the CNIO role meant marrying up organisational objectives with individual expectations, while still approaching the table with an open mind.

Phillips began her NHS career as a nursing assistant at the North London Hospice, where she gained invaluable experience working as part of a multidisciplinary team delivering care to patients.

She then went on to train at the North Middlesex Hospital, where she recalls often feeling frustrated with organisational constraints that limited the care she could deliver.

Phillips has earned recognition among her peers for her adaptive leadership style, and has been commended for her work on UCLH’s electronic patient record (EPR) programme, which saw UCLH become the second NHS trust to go live with a records system from US supplier Epic.

Natasha will be speaking at Rewired 2020 on 4 March at London Olympia. Register now to see her live in the CCIO/CIO Theatre talking about UCLH’s Epic clinical informatics journey (11am) and a panel session with other 2019 Digital Health Awards winners (2pm).  

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