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Sonia Patel

System CIO & Director of Levelling Up - NHS England

Sonia Patel is the System CIO at NHS England, leading on the multi-billion pound ministerial priority to ‘level-up’ digital infrastructure and literacy for NHS and care this includes ambitions to ensure all organisation have basic digital infrastructure in place by 2025. Working closely with the BCS she is championing as the SRO for greener digital NHS, technology decarbonisation and sustainability enabled by digital. Her passion as ‘Head of Profession’ is pioneering professionalisation and workforce strategy for digital, data and technology with  diversity at its core. In her previous role as Chief Information Officer (CIO) at NHSX she developed the ‘WGLL framework’   to help local systems accelerate their digital transformation plans. Her 18 year experience include being a frontline CIO for hospitals and community care services in North West London. Under Sonia’s leadership, North West London underwent a technology revolution which has continued to help improve the lives of citizens, patients and their families.