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Helen Thomas

Director - Digital Health & Care Wales

Helen took up the role of interim Director at the NHS Wales Informatics Service in December 2019 and is leading the organisation during its transition to a Special Health Authority.
She joined the NHS Wales Informatics Service as Director of Information in 2017 and has been instrumental in supporting the improved quality and use of data in healthcare and the development of the new National Data Resource – the NDR.
Previously, she was the Assistant Director of Information at Abertawe Bro Morgannwg Health Board, with responsibility for providing the information needed to evaluate service delivery and to support service improvement and transformation.
Helen began her career in the NHS 30 years ago, initially working in finance, moving into health information in 2000, gaining wide health informatics experience across a number of senior roles over the last 20 years. She has an MSc in Health Informatics from Swansea University and is a Leading Practitioner of the Federation of Informatics Professionals (FedIP) and a Fellow of the British Computer Society (BCS).
Helen is passionate about driving the use of data and intelligence to support improvement, service transformation and patient outcomes and has supported the development of the Welsh Government Value Based Healthcare strategic information approach.