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New regional director for digital health announced

New regional director for digital health announced
By Jess Hacker
21 November 2022

The chief executive of University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust (UHB) has been appointed strategic director for digital health and care for the region.

Professor Dave Rosser will link together public sector digital, technology and data programmes across the region in his role, and will leave the UHB at the end of the year, the trust said.

In his four years as chief executive at UHB, Professor Rosser secured nearly £200 million of capital investment for several key projects to improve services for local people, including the Heartlands Treatment Centre, ward expansions at Queen Elizabeth, and a decarbonisation programme.

He also led the local system’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic, which saw Birmingham disproportionately affected with more than 36,000 Covid-positive inpatients.

Professor Rosser said: ‘Transformation has been my vision, and my passion, for many years. I believe that we have the biggest opportunity in a generation to completely reshape the provision of health and social care; having a life-changing impact on many.

‘I have been exceptionally privileged to have held a number of roles at UHB and to have worked with so many incredible people; I am so proud, of so many things we have achieved for our patients and our colleagues.’

The UHB’s deputy chief executive and the chief operating officer, Jonathan Brotherton, will take on Professor Rosser’s role in the new year.

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