NHS South, Central and West Commissioning Support Unit
Director of Digital Transformation
Andy Kinnear is an experienced Chief Information Officer (CIO) in his 25th year with the NHS. He has a successful track record of delivering information & technology strategy and solutions and a wholehearted commitment to improving the health and care system.
Andy has 4 roles. Substantively he is the Director of Digital transformation for South, Central and West CSU looking after the delivery of 200+ digital projects to NHS organisations across the South of England, He is also the Programme Director for Connecting Care, the Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire interoperability programme. Connecting Care is a partnership of 17 organisations in the West Country and has successfully created a single shared record combining data from GP Practices, Community Services, Local Authorities, Acute Hospitals and Out-of-Hours services. Connecting Care is recognised as one of the leading integrated digital care record (IDCR) programmes in the country.
In his 3rd role, Andy is also currently seconded 2 days per week to the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) advising them on Health and Social Care Integration and is working closely with national Health and Care agencies on the development of the integration strategy. This roadmap will seek to outline the stages to deliver fully integrated care records, an ambition laid out in the Five Year Forward View and Personalised Health and Care 2020.
Finally, in April 2016 Andy took on the role of Chair of the BCS Health Executive hoping to help develop the professionalization agenda for CIO and CCIO colleagues.
Andy is a keen advocate of the benefits an integrated care records can bring at the point of care, but moreover understands and actively promotes the secondary use of this data to support the improvement of services.
Andy is a member of the national CIO network and works closely with colleagues on the development of the informatics profession within health and social care. He is an experienced public speaker and routinely presents at national conferences on health and care information topics.