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 entrepreneur, writer, campaigner and commentator. She is based in London and is the founder and Chief Executive of 2020health, an independent, social enterprise Think Tank whose aim is to Make Health Personal. Through networking, technology, research, relationships and campaigning 2020health has influenced opinion and action in fields as diverse as bioethics, alcohol, emerging technologies, fraud, education, consumer technology and vaccination. Julia studied visual science at City University and became a member of the College of Optometrists in 1991. Her career has included being a visiting lecturer at City University, a visiting clinician at the Royal Free Hospital, working with south London Primary Care Trusts and as a Director of the UK Institute of Optometry. She specialised in diabetes (University of Warwick Certificate in Diabetic Care) and founded Julia Manning Eyecare in 2004, a home and prison visiting practice for people with mental and physical disabilities using the latest digital technology, which she sold to Healthcall (now part of Specsavers) in 2009. Experiences of working in the NHS, contributing to policy development, raising two children in the inner-city and standing in the General Election in Bristol in 2005 led to Julia forming 2020health at the end of 2006. Julia is a regular guest on TV and radio shows such as BBC News, ITV’s Daybreak/ GMB, Channel 5 News, BBC 1′s The Big Questions, BBC Radio, LBC and has taken part in debates and contributed to BBC’s Newsnight, Panorama, You and Yours and ITV’s The Week. She is mum to a rugby-mad son, a daughter passionate about Shakespeare, and wife of a comprehensive school assistant head-teacher. She loves gardening, ballet, Zimbabwe, her Westies Skye and Angus, is an honorary research associate at UCL and a Fellow of the RSA.
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