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Darren McKenna

Director of Informatics - Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust Confirmed

Experienced NHS Director Of Informatics/CIO with 30 years experience of innovation in NHS informatics.

EHI Live Awards CIO of the Year 2017. Current Chair NHS Providers Digital Leaders Network and the North East NHS CIO Forum.

I have had the privilege of leading and developing teams of talented Informatics staff, implementing one of the earliest and largest Mental Health EPRs in England, and maintaining a high availability operational service 24/7. Delighted when NTW was awarded Global Digital Exemplar status in 2017, recognising the hard work and talent of the Informatics team. The Trust was named HSJ Provider Trust of the Year 2017 and the judges praised the organisation’s clear Digital strategy.

I have worked at a national level to influence strategy and policy and I am an elected member of the NHS CIO network advisory board.

I originally intended to work in the NHS for a year or two, but was hooked within weeks and stayed for three decades…and counting. I’ve worked with some incredible people and learned so much along the way and am proud to have worked in the best organisation in the world for so long!