New Director of Digital and Data appointed to NHS Norfolk and Waveney

5th October 2022

Ian Riley, currently Chief Information Officer of the South East London Integrated Care System, has been appointed Director of Digital and Data at NHS Norfolk and Waveney Integrated Care Board (ICB).

Welcoming the appointment, Tracey Bleakley, Chief Executive Officer of NHS Norfolk and Waveney, said: “Ian impressed the interview panel with his vast knowledge and experience of digital and data transformation. Improving our digital offer across Norfolk and Waveney is a very important area of focus for health and care services and I know it is an area that both staff, people and communities have told us that they want to see more of across our health and care system.

“Enabling people to see their care records at the touch of a button and supporting staff to access digital care records, across health and social care means we can be much more efficient and effective.

“As a health and care system we have lots of work to do in this huge area, which is why I am delighted to have appointed Ian into this new role.”

Ian has in depth experience of NHS commissioning, working in local authorities and the private sector. He started his career in health with Aintree acute hospital in Liverpool in 2008 and relocated to London to work for Barts Health Acute hospital group managing Business Intelligence, Clinical Coding and Medical records. Since then, he has undertaken a number of Senior and Director portfolio roles across London including Director of Informatics for North West London commissioning support unit (CSU) and subsequently Director of Business Intelligence for eight Clinical Commissioning Groups in North West London before joining South East London ICS in 2019.

More recently, Ian has led the South East London ICS digital strategy, overseen information governance and developed the London Care Record and system level data sharing for Population Health Management.

Ian said: “I am really pleased to have been appointed into this new role. Norfolk and Waveney has big ambitions and I am excited to be joining the health and care system at this time. We know more people want to interact with health and care services digitally and to enable that, it’s vital that our staff and organisations across our health and care system are able to do this with ease.

“Effective use of digital and data can really transform and improve patient outcomes and I am looking forward to help lead and share that journey with health and care staff across the Norfolk and Waveney Integrated Care System.”

Ian starts his new role in November 2022.

NHS Norfolk and Waveney is the NHS organisation with responsibility for planning to meet local health needs, allocating resources, ensuring that services are in place to deliver against ambitions, and overseeing the delivery of improved outcomes for the people of Norfolk and Waveney.

The integrated care board (ICB) is part of the Norfolk and Waveney Integrated Care System, working with partners in local government, the voluntary sector and others and helping the NHS to support broader social and economic development.

NHS Norfolk and Waveney is accountable for the performance and finances of the NHS across Norfolk and Waveney – a total budget of £2 billion a year. The organisation works with local people, health and care professionals, and partner organisations to improve the health and wellbeing of our population.