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Episode 5: Rachel Dunscombe


This week on the podcast your hosts Orlando Agrippa and Richard Parker, CEO and COO at Draper & Dash Healthcare Analytics are joined by none other than Rachel Dunscombe.  Rachel Dunscombe has been Director of Digital for the broader NHS group since early 2017, with her attainment of global delivery exemplar status for the Salford Royal just one of a slew of outstanding achievements in the post. She is now showing just equal panache as chief executive officer of the NHS Digital Academy, to which she was appointed alongside her existing role. As CEO of the academy she helped win its bid – in the face of fierce competition – for delivering postgraduate education to all senior digital leaders including clinicians in the NHS. The academy now has a certified postgrad diploma for which 300 candidates from digital health leads across the NHS are being recruited. The programme has been described as the "lighting of the touchpaper" that will expedite the skills and expertise needed to digitise health and care. In her operational CIO role at Salford Royal Group, she has accelerated the global digital exemplar programme, providing enhanced clinical pathways, safety measures, app deployment, partnership with pharma on innovative research, and implementation of data sharing. All these initiatives have verified benefits, such as a 10% reduction in mortality after 100 days for strokes and a 73% reduction in the need to prescribe high-risk blood thinners.

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