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Tim Kelsey quits NHS England role


18 September 2015

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Tim Kelsey, NHS England’s national information director, has quit and will relocate to Australia to join a private health company.

Tim Kelsey, NHS England’s national information director, has quit and will relocate to Australia to join a private health company.

Kelsey has been appointed commercial director at Telstra Health, a telecommunications provider, where he will lead the development of new digital and mobile solutions for patients, professionals and citizens internationally.

In the three years since joining NHS England in 2012, he architected the controversial Care.data programme, which aimed to extract anonymised patient data from GPs to a central database held by the Health and Social Care Information Centre.

Kelsey said: "It has been an enormous privilege to work with such talented and committed colleagues at NHS England and across the wider health and care service.

"Together we have made the case for a digitally-enabled NHS in which patients are encouraged to participate. Over the last three years we have made significant progress on turning that aspiration into reality," he added.

He will be leaving NHS England at the end of December and will then observe the six month ‘cooling off period’ until July 1st 2016, which is customary before engaging in any business activity with the NHS.

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