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Newcastle Hospitals welcome new chief information officer

Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has announced that Shauna McMahon will be joining the trust in January 2024 as their new chief information officer.

Shauna is currently the Group CIO and Senior Information Risk Owner at North Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust and Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, having held a number of senior healthcare roles over the last 20 years.

As part of her new role, Shauna will be responsible for developing and delivering Newcastle Hospitals’ information and technology strategy, as well as leading digital innovation and change across the organisation.

Newcastle Hospitals chief executive, Dame Jackie Daniel, says: “Shauna has led significant and complex digital transformations during her career and so brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the role of chief information officer.”

Commenting on her appointment, Shauna said: “I’m passionate about the positive impact effective digital transformation can have in the health and care system. People, data and technology are critical to the ongoing evolution of the NHS and will support local systems to work more efficiently, improve diagnosis and treatment and improve services.”

Last month, we explored Newcastle Hospitals’ digital initiatives outlined in the trust’s 2023-24 strategy, in which they state a commitment to “becoming a fully digitally enabled trust, delivering exceptional care efficiently, through the use of world class digital technology and information.”

In March, Newcastle Hospitals also went live with MyHealthCall, a patient engagement platform integrated within the NHS App. Developed by Health Call, the solution forms part of the trust’s strategy to use digital channels to provide information directly to patients, and support its elective care recovery programme.