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Tim Kelsey

Tim Kelsey

National Director for Patients and Information, NHS England

Tim Kelsey is National Director for Patients and Information in NHS England - a role which combines the functions of chief technology and information officer with responsibility for patient and public participation. He took up the post in 2012 after serving as the British government's first Executive Director of Transparency and Open Data.

He is also National Information Director for health and care in England and Chair of the National Information Board which advises the Secretary of State on national priorities for data and technology. 

Tim is a leading advocate of a popular knowledge revolution in our public services and, in 2000, was co-founder of Dr Foster, a company which pioneered publication of patient outcomes in healthcare.

He is also an internationally regarded expert in thinking differently about how digital and social media can transform the customer experience in public services. In 2007, he launched NHS Choices, the national online health information service ( which now reports around 40 million users per month. In 2014 Tim was named one of the 500 most influential people in UK by Sunday Times.

Before Dr Foster, Tim was a national newspaper journalist and a television reporter. He worked for the Independent and the Sunday Times, as well as Channel 4 and the BBC. 

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