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Stephen Frith

Programme Director - Digital Services for Patient and Public - NHS Wales Informatics Service

Stephen Frith has worked in NHS informatics for over 30 years. After a career in the NHS, leading to the running of the informatics department at Radcliffe Hospital Oxford, Stephen spent some time working with a company setting up NHS messaging platforms in XML before moving to the NHS Information Authority. Subsequently, Stephen has worked on a number of large-scale government IT programs, including a commercial lead for the NHS network, N3 and PSBA’s all-Wales shared networking platform.

His experience includes working on single record programs in and around Wales, developing the pilot for My Heath on Line, designing and delivering complex IT change programs and delivering large-scale public sector infrastructure programs.

Stephen’s current major interests focus on helping the public sector to organize and become a highly intelligent client, resetting the balance with the commercial sector. This is driven by a firm belief that well-structured commercial arrangements deliver real benefits to commercial partners and the wider public sector. Collaboration and joined-up thinking in the public sector is key to creating programs where industry can innovate to bring rapid value and where the public sector can deliver real value for the public purse. For this reason, you will find that Stephen is always ready to talk about inclusive stakeholder engagement and robust, representative program governance.

Stephen is fortunate to be working as Program Director for the Wales Digital Patient and Public Services (DSPP) program, giving him the opportunity and responsibility to undertake over twenty years of detailed preparation in a field that n extreme personal capture. interest. In this role, the need to balance innovation and progress that can be released with open health data on the one hand, against equally fundamental needs for data integrity and the protection of personal data for individuals on the on the other hand, defines the knife edge on which progress needs to be made.

Stephen lives with his partner in West Wales where a family of three young boys and an out-of-control DIY project to renovate a Pembrokeshire farmhouse leave little time to pursue his other passions of sailing and classic cars. However, he does find time to pursue a self-devised course to study all things wine-related, which is largely based on empirical research.