NHS loses most senior data scientist

Professor David Hughes, executive director of information and analytics for NHS Digital, will leave the UK's health system in August to focus on mental health analysis.

Leeds-based NHS Digital provides national information, data and IT systems for healthcare systems throughout England as part of the Department of Health.

The move is one of several changes occurring in the health department's technology arm. That same month, Executive Director Beverley Bryant will leave NHS Digital for a senior role at System C. CTO Sarah Wilkinson will replace Andy Williams, who retired at the end of March, as the division's new CEO.

During his time at the governmental body, Prof. Hughes authored the company's Data Strategy — a key aspect of the NHS Five Year Forward View.

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