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.

About Julia Manning

Julia is a social pioneer, writer and campaigner. She studied visual science at City University and became a member of the College of Optometrists in 1991, later specialising in visual impairment and diabetes. During her career in optometry, she lectured at City University, was a visiting clinician at the Royal Free Hospital and worked with Primary Care Trusts. She ran a domiciliary practice across south London and was a Director of the UK Institute of Optometry. Julia formed 20/20Health in 2006. Becoming an expert in digital health solutions, she led on the NHS–USA Veterans’ Health Digital Health Exchange Programme and was co-founder of the Health Tech and You Awards with Axa PPP and the Design Museum. Her research interests are now in harnessing digital to improve personal health, and she is a PhD candidate in Human Computer Interaction (HCI) at UCL. She is also dedicated to creating a sustainable Whole School Wellbeing Community model for schools that builds relationships, discovers assets and develops life skills. She is a member of the Royal Society of Medicine’s Digital Health Council. 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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