NHS digital director Beverley Bryant to join private sector

Bryant to join System C as chief operating officer, after four and a half years at the NHS.

NHS Digital’s Beverley Bryant described as “the leading light of health informatics’ Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire/Press Association Images

NHS Digital’s director of digital transformation, Beverley Bryant is to leave the organisation to join hospital electronic patient record systems provider System C as chief operating officer (COO).

Bryant will also be COO of System C’s sister company Graphnet Care Alliance, an organisation that specialises in providing shared record systems.

The decision to leave NHS Digital comes after spending over a year as director of digital transformation, and more than three years as NHS England’s director of digital technology.


At NHS England, Bryant was the senior responsible officer for a number of major national technology programmes including the NHS E-Referrals project which replaced the disastrous £356m Choose and Book system,  the Integrated Digital Care Record and Patient Online.

Her role at NHS Digital meanwhile, was to build an effective client engagement, digital futures and business change function that would enable the organisation to better support the NHS and local authorities in their adoption of technology.  She co-developed the strategy ‘Personalised Health and Care 2020’.

Bryant also has experience as a CIO of the Department of Health between 2005 and 2010, where she had budget responsibility of £115m per year and managed a team of 205 civil servants and 120 external consultants. It’s likely that with all of the experience she amassed, she was considered for the role of CEO of NHS Digital. The job was awarded in April to Sarah Wilkinson, the Home Office’s chief technology officer.

In her new role in the private sector, Bryant will work closely with the founders of System C, and joint chief executives Ian Denley and Markus Bolton. She will join the boards of both companies.

Bolton said Bryant was “the leading light of healthcare informatics” and suggested that she could have chosen a role at any business in the UK to work in.

“It is now time to drive forward the roll out of mobile clinical and digital excellence solutions and extended shared care records across the UK,” he said.

“There is a lot of work to do and Beverley will make a huge contribution to our capacity and capability at a board level,” he added.

Bryant said that the System C & Graphnet Care Alliance stood out for her because the companies “work across the whole health and social care economy”.

“They have real drive, a substantial user base and an excellent delivery record. I am really please and excited to be joining the supplier community to help drive real change at such a critical moment,” she added.

It’s not her first role in the private sector; Bryant was managing director of Capita Health in between her roles at NHS England and the Department of Health.

Colin Marrs

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