First female CMO

Congratulations to Professor Dame Sally Davies who has been appointed as the new Chief Medical Officer. The first woman to hold this role (see gallery of her male forebears) she will also retain her role as DG of Research and Development and Chief Scientific Adviser for the Department of Health. She is uniquely placed to take on this role for a health service that needs to up its game on the adoption of innovation and re-establishing itself internationally as a place in which research is valued and encouraged.

This is no mean challenge amidst the NHS Reforms – except that of course looking for and engaging patients in research should be high on the priority list for acutes and adopting innovation in commissioning e.g. Telehealth, will be vital to pathway redesign, improving quality and releasing efficiencies. We wish her every success in her role and know that she has the opportunity to be a real power for good.

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About Julia Manning

Julia Manning is a social pioneer, writer, campaigner and commentator. Formerly a clinical optometrist specialising in diabetes and visual impairment, she is the founder and Director of 2020health, an independent, social enterprise Think Tank whose aim is to Make Health Personal and Social. 2020health has through research, events and campaigning influenced opinion and action in fields as diverse as bioethics, alcohol, emerging technologies, fraud, education, consumer technology and vaccination. In 2014, 2020health were founding partners of the Health Tech and You Awards with Axa PPP and the Design Museum. Since 2016, 2020health has increasingly focused on digital health and public health in the community. Julia is a Fellow of the RSA and now also a part-time PhD student at the UCL Interaction Centre, studying the use of digital technology for stress management in the workplace. Julia has shared 2020health's research widely in the media (BBC News, ITV, Channel 5 News, BBC 1′s The Big Questions & Victoria Derbyshire, BBC Radio 4 Today, PM and Woman's Hour, LBC) and has taken part in debates and contributed to BBC’s Newsnight, Panorama, You and Yours and ITV’s The Week.
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