NHS Digital’s executive director of information and analytics, David Hughes, is leaving the organisation in August to focus on mental health analysis.
During his tenure at the governmental body, Hughes had authored NHS Digital’s data strategy, a key aspect of the NHS’s Five Year Forward View.
NHS Digital said he will be leaving the organisation to develop a long-standing specialist interest in developing analytics to enhance mental health awareness, treatment and outcomes.
The 25-year career of Hughes includes various roles in academic, government, private and the third sector.
Hughes said his decision to leave NHS Digital has been very difficult after working alongside a group of talented individuals, all of whom are totally committed to enhancing healthcare and making it more accessible through data and technology.
He said: “I have no doubt that the team will continue to deliver the data strategy and I wish them continued success.
“My professional passion is the effective treatment of mental health and, specifically, the field of mental health information and analytics. I am excited to now have the opportunity to pursue this passion through a number of opportunities that have been presented to me.”
NHS Digital interim chief executive Rob Shaw said Hughes had been an incredible asset to the organisation and thanked him for his work.
Shaw said: “The power of data and information to transform care has never been more pertinent and David has contributed hugely, bringing both professional expertise and personal dedication to his role. Particular contributions include his professional leadership of our talented analysts and his committed development of the data strategy.
“I’ll be working with David and his team to ensure there is a smooth transition internally and we are speaking about how David can keep in touch with the organisation as he embarks on his new challenge.”
The latest move is one of several changes that are due to take place at NHS Digital.
Apart from Hughes, NHS Digital’s executive director Beverley Bryant is also leaving the organsiation in August for a senior role at System C.
Earlier this year, NHS Digital appointed technology and change leader Sarah Wilkinson as its new CEO.
Wilkinson will join the organisation from the Home Office, where she is currently chief digital, data and technology officer.