Beverly Byrant to leave NHS Digital for role in private sector

NHS Digital

NHS Digital’s digital transformation director Beverly Byrant is leaving the organisation for a new job in the private sector.

Byrant will join the System C & Graphnet Care Alliance as the chief operating officer from 1 August 2017.

The alliance offers integrated IT solutions to the UK health and social care market. The solutions enable to integrate services across whole care communities.

The solutions use technologies, including mobile, wearables, instant messaging and machine learning, to redesign services and the way clinicians and patients interact together.

Byrant has been associated with NHS for about four and half years. She formerly served as the director of strategic systems and technology at NHS England.

She moved to NHS Digital in 2016 to lead some of its core digital programmes across the organisation.

At the NHS, she was responsible for negotiating the spending review settlement to deliver the NHS and social care digital strategy.

She led the NHS E-Referral Service and the Patient Online Programme and took part in co-developing the strategy ‘Personalised Health and Care 2020’.

Bryantalso worked as as the Department of Health’s CIO between 2005 and 2010 and handled a team of 205 civil servants and 120 external consultants.

In her new role in the private sector,  Byrant will work with the founders of System C, and joint chief executives Ian Denley and Markus Bolton, across several areas of business including strategy, delivery and business development. She will also join the boards of both the companies.

Byrant said: “The System C & Graphnet Care Alliance stand out for me because they work across the whole health and social care economy.  They have real drive, a substantial user base and an excellent delivery record.

“I am really pleased and excited to be joining the supplier community to help drive real change at such a critical moment.”

System C joint CEO and founder and Graphnet director Markus Bolton said: “Beverley is the leading light of healthcare informatics. She could have chosen a role at any business in the UK so we are delighted that she chose to join us.

“Over the last few years we have built and consolidated our position as market leaders in many areas of health and social care.  It is now time to drive forward the roll out of mobile clinical and digital excellence solutions and extended shared care records across the UK. “